Civics Immersion Program

Fast Facts

  • Institute Dates: July 6th- July 23rd
  • Tuition: $750 (Early Registration) ; $950 (Regular Registration) 
  • Early Registration: March 1st, Closes April 30th  
  • Regular Registration: May 1st 
  • Registration Closes: June 30th

Program Overview

This year JSA is introducing a new Civics Immersion Program! The program is an entirely virtual, three-week intensive non-credit program, creating a space for innovation and continuous learning.

Students can choose from the following courses:

  • Environmental Justice
  • Global Poverty, Inequality, and Justice 
  • Design Thinking for Community Problem Solving

In addition to choosing one of these courses, participants can choose to take an elective course in argumentation and use of evidence This experience is designed to support and empower high school students to look beyond problems and focus on solution-oriented action. Students will dig deeper into the most pressing issues we face today and apply lessons learned to solve real-life problems in their communities.

Students will also participate in social activities and engage with guest speakers and presenters.

Civics Immersion Program Faculty

Environmental Justice: Ruchi Anand, PhD

Dr. Ruchi Anand is an Indian-born Full Professor at the American Graduate School in Paris, France. Ruchi earned her Doctorate from Purdue University, in International Studies, has a Master's in International Studies, and an M.Phil in International Law from the Jawaharlal Nehru University Delhi. Author of several published articles, her two books are entitled International Environmental Justice: A North-South Dimension and Self-Defense in International Relations.

Global Poverty, Inequality, and Justice: Azamat Sakiev, PhD

Azamat Sakiev teaches global politics and courses with a regional focus on Eurasia (Russia, Central Asia) and the Middle East. His research interests focus on issues of democratic (non)transition in the post-Soviet space, political leadership, and aspects of critical/human security. He obtained his graduate degrees from Syracuse University (New York) and the Central European University (Hungary/Austria). His undergraduate degree was completed at the American University of Central Asia.


Design Thinking for Community Problem Solving: Casey Jagusch

Casey Jagusch is a lifelong learner and has dedicated her professional career to facilitating learning.  She began her career as a Project Manager for the City of Mission, Kansas, and has spent the past 12 years teaching 6-12 Social Sciences in St. Louis, Missouri, and Los Angeles, California.   Casey earned her political science degree at the University of Minnesota and her Master of Education at Rockhurst University in Kansas City, Missouri.  She was recently appointed to the City of Pasadena Accessibility and Disability Commission.  In her free time, Casey enjoys tap dancing, reading non-fiction, and taking care of her numerous plants.


Program Goals & Outcomes

In the Civics Immersion Program, students have the chance to build a community of peers and mentors committed to civic engagement and action.

By the end of the program, students will: 

  • Be better equipped to actively participate in government and politics at the national, state, and local levels 
  • Be able to lead and participate in civil discussions with people from different backgrounds and perspectives
  • Demonstrate effective leadership skills, helping students inspire others to become change agents in their communities
  • Develop and hone essential critical thinking skills and be ready to address current and future political, economic, and social issues facing your community and society-at-large
  • Be better suited to succeed in secondary and post-secondary education environments
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