Developing the Proposal

Coalition Building Proposal

Students in the precapstone course, GOVT 596, will construct an implementable coalition-building proposal relevant to their interests and locations. Coalition building proposals will vary but all should 1) build upon course themes and methods in explicit ways, citing readings, other course resources, or discussions in introductory paragraphs; 2) identify coalition partners and strategies for collaboration; 3) identify goals; 4) outline concrete steps to be undertaken for the coalition to be formed; 5) identify how to link efforts to other established groups or movements; 6) identify possible obstacles and/or challenges in implementation; 7) identify how to assess progress/success; and 8) include a concise description of the plan aimed at those you hope will join your project.

Proposals can vary in length and style of presentation (e.g., outline form, use of visual aids or narrative illustrations, etc.). The audience should be those you hope might join your coalition project and thus the proposal needs to be both informative and compelling to inspire participation.

Possible coalition projects might include (but are by no means limited to) the following: intrafaith efforts to address internal divisions within a religious community; interfaith efforts that confront the challenging expressions of religious faith and practice in meaningful ways; local community projects that address a shared concern that involves groups that are otherwise divided; local community projects that bring people together to address divisions through constructive and creative expression through the arts; a project to bring estranged members of families together that is broadly relevant (e.g., not unique to a particular family dynamic), etc.