Frequently Asked Questions
What is Resistance School @ Berkeley?
Resistance School @ Berkeley is a free online training program that puts practical tools in the hands of organizers, activists, and everyday people working to promote fairness, equity, and inclusivity in their community.
What types of resources will you provide?
Resistance School @ Berkeley produces instructional videos that provide practical, hands-on tools for organizers and activists doing work to promote and defend fairness, equity, and inclusivity. Resistance School @ Berkeley also creates a digital space for people to interact and collaborate across issue areas.
Who can sign up for Resistance School @ Berkeley?
Anyone! Resistance School @ Berkeley sessions are free and available on our website and on Facebook. We encourage you to watch with other folks in your network and connect with other organizing and activist groups through our online forum.
How much time will I need to invest in Resistance School @ Berkeley once I join?
Resistance School @ Berkeley will host four sessions for the fall 2017 semester. We’d recommend watching them all, but you are free to pick and choose the sessions most interesting or useful to you. Each session will have ‘homework’ that builds on the skills already covered, and our online forum will provide additional opportunities to engage with other organizers and activists after viewing the videos, so we encourage you to watch the videos as they come out. Videos will be available every other week at 3 pm PT/6 pm ET on Thursdays (with Resistance School videos available on alternating weeks) starting the first week of October, but you can watch videos any time after they have been posted.
Who will be speaking and/or providing trainings?
Resistance School @ Berkeley seeks to give our viewers access to experts who have a variety of perspectives, tools, and experiences in organizing and activism work. Our sessions feature local and national experts with a range of backgrounds and expertise areas, including UC Berkeley professors, communications practitioners, and policy makers.
Who is responsible for the operation of Resistance School @ Berkeley?
A group of graduate students at the Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley founded Resistance School @ Berkeley in fall 2017. Resistance School @ Berkeley is the first partner institution of Resistance School, which a group of graduate students at the Harvard Kennedy School founded in spring 2017.
Are you formally affiliated with the University of California, Berkeley?
Resistance School @ Berkeley is a student organization with the Associated Students of the University of California, developed and run by students at UC Berkeley. It is not an official UC Berkeley course offering.
Why establish a second branch of Resistance School?
Recent events have reinforced the continued need to train and empower progressive organizers, and both Resistance School @ Berkeley and Resistance School are working towards meeting this need. Expanding Resistance School allows us to offer more trainings, and to tailor our trainings to serve different types of audiences.
Which Resistance School should I join?
Up to you! Here are some guidelines that will help you find the tools that fit your specific needs and goals:
If you are new to organizing or activism work, we recommend checking out Resistance School’s trainings, designed to get fundamental organizing skills in your hands.
If you already work in some capacity as an organizer or activist, we recommend checking out Resistance School @ Berkeley’s trainings, designed specifically for you to sharpen your toolbox and gain new skills to use in your current work.
Does Resistance School @ Berkeley endorse candidates and/or political parties?
No. Resistance School @ Berkeley empowers organizers and activists advancing goals of fairness, equity, and inclusivity, but it does not endorse specific candidates, parties, organizations, or movements.
How can I get involved?
We’d love to hear from organizer and activist groups in the Bay Area! You can reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. We’re also looking for folks to join our team-- If you’re a student at UC Berkeley, please reach out to us there too.
I’m a reporter, and I have some questions. How can I get in touch with you?
You can email us at email@example.com.
Do you accept donations?
Yes! You can contribute to Resistance School @ Berkeley here.