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Haywood Academy at Arcadia University

Arcadia University and Pennsylvania State Senator Art Haywood are pleased to offer a free, self-guided learning opportunity for area teens interested in 1) learning more about social change work and 2) building a community with other students interested in making a difference in the world.

Haywood Academy 101

When schools were closed in response to the covid-19 pandemic and students began learning from home, Senator Haywood wanted to offer high school students supplemental learning materials related to his experience and expertise in driving social change. Arcadia University partnered with Senator Haywood’s office to build a structure, real-time connection opportunities, and rewards around the learning. 

Successfully driving social change can take a lifetime of effort. “Haywood Academy 101: Introduction to Driving Social Change” offers a focus on two main steps: 1) recognizing the power of your voice and 2) joining with others to amplify your voice. Senator Haywood and Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant, Director of the Office of Social Impact and Innovation, are co-instructors for the class, although it is largely self-guided.

All of the details are available in the class syllabus linked here. There are links embedded and the instructors will be adding details as the class goes along so it is best to view it online, rather than printing it.

Benefits of Haywood Academy

In addition to all you’ll learn from the class and the community you may build with your classmates and instructors, Arcadia University and Senator Art Haywood are offering students some rewards.


Students who submit three or more exercises satisfying intended learning outcomes will earn a certificate from Arcadia University. Certificates will be issued digitally and will be suitable for printing at home. These certificates recognize your commitment to engaged citizenship and co-curricular learning and could be added to college application resumes. They are not academic and do not constitute college credit. Interested students who earn the certificate and subsequently apply and gain admission to Arcadia University will be guaranteed a spot in the Arcadia Civic Scholars program.


Students who submit outstanding work for the class will be given the option to have their work catalogued in the Arcadia University Library’s digital repository, ScholarWorks@Arcadia. Their essays, poetry, artwork, or videos, could then be shared via a hyperlink on students’ social media or resumes.

A tour of the State Capitol Building in Harrisburg, PA - Select high school student participants will earn a tour from Senator Haywood’s office.


Engaged high school students will have the opportunity to interview for an internship with Senator Haywood’s office. 


All high school students who earn the certificate will be invited to have lunch at the castle at Arcadia with the instructors, Senator Art Haywood and Dr. Alison LaLond Wyant, and Arcadia University President, Dr. Ajay Nair. The date will be set for a time when it is safe to gather.

Real-time Opportunities

The links to register for each event will be available in the class outline section of the syllabus within a month of the event.

Introduction to the class

Wednesday, April 29, 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. Eastern Time
Arcadia University welcomes your participation in this introductory discussion about Haywood Academy, the value of community, and the value of civic engagement. Students should come to learn more about the class, meet other students, ask any questions, or share what they hope to gain from the class. 

Meet Senator Haywood & Learn about craftivism from Arcadia Art professor, Carole Loeffler

Tuesday, May 19, 3:00 - 4:00 p.m. Eastern TimeArcadia University welcomes your participation in this webinar with PA State Senator Art Haywood and Professor Carole Loeffler. Senator Haywood will offer encouraging remarks and answer questions of young people in attendance. Professor Loeffler will introduce students to the idea of “craftivism,” a topic she teaches at Arcadia and a practice she uses as an artist. She also will show students some of her work, give a glimpse of her studio space at home, and facilitate a conversation about art’s role in social change work.
Registration is required. REGISTER HERE

Spoken Word for Social Change

Tuesday, June 23, 4:00 - 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time
Arcadia University welcomes your participation in this spoken word event. Students are welcome to share original pieces or to read from the work of role models who have made a difference in the world. Daniel Pieczkolon, a poet who teaches English and Writing at Arcadia University, will co-host the event.

Book Club Discussion About the Importance of Building Community

July date and time TBD 
Arcadia University welcomes your participation in this book club discussion of Glimmer of Hope by the young people who founded March for Our Lives. Readers are encouraged to pay attention to how the young leaders of this movement forged alliances and worked together. In addition to the book, readers may be interested in watching this linked TEDX talk by Gerardo Calderón, “Social change needs engaged communities, not heroes.” The first 10 registrants for this event will each receive a free copy of the book shipped to their home.

“Participation Is Power” Essay Workshop & Discussion

August date and time TBD 
Arcadia University welcomes your participation in this essay workshop and discussion of Senator Haywood’s catch phrase, “Participation is power.” For the final exercise of the class, students are asked to write essays using Senator Haywood’s tagline, “Participation is power” as the title, and answer the question, “Why is civic engagement important?” Additional details are available in the syllabus. This session will provide an opportunity for students to share ideas or draft excerpts and also to share feedback with one another.