Online Learning and Tools

IA’s online learning opportunities and tools include our Teaching and Learning Circle, Get Togethers, Meet IA sessions, the IA Community Portal, and other occasional virtual programming.

To stay up to date on upcoming IA virtual programming and other learning opportunities and tools, please sign up for the IA listserv, which includes a monthly newsletter and announcements on special events and opportunities. 

If you would like to propose a topic for our Teaching and Learning Circle or Get Togethers, or if you have questions about the learning opportunities or tools below, please reach out to us at

– Teaching and Learning Circle

The IA Teaching and Learning Circle (TLC) is an online learning community that builds peer support and conversations about the opportunities, joys, and challenges of producing public and activist scholarship, as well as designing and delivering community-engaged courses and projects. Organized and facilitated by IA staff and featured guests, each online conversation engages participants in collaborative thinking, dialogue, and group work around a set of questions and dynamics that emerge from the featured topic. Our TLC Study Groups are more intimate, members-only spaces for more in depth conversations about pressing issues of shared concern within the IA consortium.

TLC events are scheduled throughout the year. See below for registration links for upcoming TLC events:

 TLC Study Group: Organizing Institutional Change in Higher Education on behalf of Public and Engaged Scholars, with San José City College President Rowena Tomaneng on Wednesday, November 10, 2021 at 3pm PT / 6pm ET | Registration Coming Soon!

Past TLCS include:

 “A Recipe for a National Coalition: Performing Our Future” on Wednesday, September 22, 2021 at 3:30pm PT/6:30pm ET.

• In the Struggle book talk hosted by Imagining America on Wednesday, September 29, 2021 at 2pm PT/5pm ET.

• “Sites of Exchange and Collaboration in Art Practice and Education” A talk with artist, educator, and agitator Robin Hill about the collaborative work she has enacted in her professional practice as well as the work of her students and ideas of site-specificity and sense perception. She was joined by guest speaker Cathy Koehler, resident Director of the McLaughlin Reserve, an important wilderness research resource for Hill’s teaching and practice alike.

• “Creating Culture Change through Regional Cluster Organizing” A conversation with the IA SoCal Cluster lead organizer Rissi Zimmermann and founder Maria Avila, as they share an approach to regional organizing in alignment with IA’s mission and values, the benefits of regional organizing to cluster members, and the role of collective leadership in creating institutional/organizational and community culture change.

• “The Activist Academic: Engaged Scholarship for Resistance, Hope, and Social Change” A Conversation with Colette Cann and Eric DeMeulenaere facilitated by Erica Kohl-Arenas, with special guests Margo Okazawa Rey and John Saltmarsh.

• “Decolonial Desires: Is a Third University Possible? a conversation with la paperson (K. Wayne Yang, UC San Diego) guest facilitated by Jack Tchen (Rutgers-Newark) on hotwiring university “machines” to the practical work of decolonization. Co-hosted in partnership with The Globalsl Network.

• “The Just and Inclusive Campus: Small Wins and Enduring Challenges in Supporting Equity and Public Scholarship”, reflecting on the current state of diversity and inclusion work on academic campuses, and the relationship to engaged teaching and scholarship. Led by Kal Alston (Syracuse) and KearyAnn O’Meara (Maryland College Park).

• “Beyond the Stats: Representation, Counter-Narratives, and Education as an Organizing/Survival Strategy,” featuring coursework and the pedagogical approach of Beyond the Stats (BTS), a collective of formerly incarcerated and system impacted students enrolled at UC Davis. Led by BTS co-founders Tina Curiel-Allen and Daniel Mendoza.

• “Organizing Against Violence: Towards a Pedagogy and Praxis of Anti-Colonial, Anti-Capitalist, and Anti-Patriarchal Resistance,” featuring the work of an IA consortium learning group led by Mallika Bose (Pennsylvania State University) and Kush Patel (University of Michigan).

– Get Togethers

Get Togethers are designed as informal, members-only spaces to explore ways of gathering together that celebrate IA’s commitment to bringing people together in ways that foster empathy, joy, play, and connection. Each session facilitator will bring their own ideas and methods to the space, and there is no set topic or agenda for these gatherings.

In the 2021-2022 academic year, IA will host our first Get Together during the National Gathering at 8am PT/11am ET on October 22. Please register for the National Gathering to attend this Get Together kickoff. 

Following this kickoff, we will host quarterly Get Togethers at 1pm PT/4pm ET on the second Thursday of the month.

 December 9, 2021 – Register here

• March 10, 2022 – Register here

• May 12, 2022 – Register here

– Meet IA

Meet IA sessions are designed to help orient prospective, new, or current members (i.e. leadership, faculty, staff, and students) to the IA network. Attendees can expect to interact with IA staff and National Advisory Board members, as well as hear about current and upcoming IA initiatives and programs. There will also be time for questions throughout the session.

In the 2021-2022 academic year, IA will host multiple Meet IA Sessions at 1pm PT/4pm ET throughout the year.

October 6, 2021 – Register here

February 15, 2022 – Register here

April 27, 2022 – Register here

– Community Portal

The IA Community Portal is a members-only virtual platform that provides opportunities for folks across the IA consortium to connect and network, join peer support groups based on interest areas, exchange resources, and more. Click here to learn more and access the Community Portal.

– Information Sessions

Various IA initiatives may present information sessions throughout the year. For example, we have held information sessions on IA’s two student fellowship programs: 1) Publicly Active Graduate Education (PAGE) Fellowship and 2) Joy of Giving Something (JGS) Fellowship. We have also held information sessions regarding proposal submission for IA’s National Gathering.