Students attending a RAPP field trip to the Holocaust & Humanity Center

RAPP field trip to the Holocaust & Humanity Center


RAPP prepares students to create social change while also learning how to interact with people who are different from them so we can all live in a more just world.

RAPP (Racial Awareness Program) is a 2-semester social change leadership program that focuses on intercultural development. RAPP takes place on Wednesday evenings about twice per month, with RAPP-approved field trips along the way. The primary outcome for the program is for participants to complete group social change projects of their choosing, based off of their shared values and interests. All social change projects must be completed with racial equity in mind. 

RAPP alumni: Please complete our RAPP alumni form to help us stay in touch with you and to provide you an opportunity to identify ways in which you would like to stay involved with RAPP as an alum. 

RAPP is based off of the Social Change Model of Leadership Development. In this model:

  • Leadership is about making change on behalf of others and society.
  • Leadership is viewed as a collaborative process, and not a position.
  • Leadership should be values-based.
  • All students are potential leaders, including those who do not hold formal leadership positions.
  • Service is viewed as an effective tool for developing leadership skills.

Values are emphasized throughout the RAPP experience. RAPP's program values are based off of the "7 C's for Social Change": 

  • Consciousness of self: Articulate the beliefs, values, identities, and personal experiences that motivate one to take action.
  • Congruence: Behave with consistency, genuineness, authenticity, and honesty towards others.
  • Commitment: Demonstrate motivational energy to serve in the community as a change agent. 
  • Collaboration: Collaborate appropriately and effectively with others in a common effort. 
  • Common purpose: Identify shared values when working with others on a common effort.
  • Controversy with civility: Respond to controversy with civility. 
  • Citizenship: Demonstrate a commitment to being an inclusive leader who will create social change within their home, campus, and/or community.
  • *Change: This is the "8th C"; the outcome of the program. 

However, RAPP is different from other Social Change programs because it intentionally emphasizes a 9th C:

  • Challenging biases: Challenge personal biases, prejudices, and stereotypes about people who are not like them. 

Why Join RAPP? 

There are so many benefits to joining RAPP: 

  • You make social change in the community while building community with other Bearcats!
  • All program materials are provided. 
  • RAPP is a pre-approved honors experience. 
  • Students have an option to receive course credit for their involvement in the program. Students can earn 1 credit hour of ORGL 4095 in the fall and 2 credit-hours of ORGL 4098 in the spring. Both courses are independent studies and they fulfill the field experience requirement for UC’s Nonprofit and Community Leadership Certificate.
  • Participants who successfully complete the program are eligible for a $500 book award that can be used the following academic year AND a “Social Changemaker” co-curricular certificate, which can be added to their resumes!

Who is eligible to participate? 

RAPP participants must be: 
  • Enrolled as an undergraduate or graduate at UC (full-time or part-time) from any campus
  • Sophomore level or higher
  • Enter with and maintain a 2.5 GPA throughout the academic year
  • Able to attend all RAPP meetings
  • Able to attend at least 4 RAPP-approved field trips
  • Able to complete the social change group project during the spring semster, which requires about 30 hours of work
  • Able to attend the end of year celebration in April

Note that this program is limited to 25 participants per academic year. 

How long is the program?

RAPP is a 2-semester commitment, so it is intense but doable! 

  • Our 2-semester program consists of 10 required meetings, RAPP-approved field trips, and an end-of year celebration. 
  • Required RAPP meetings are held about twice per month on Wednesday evenings from 6PM-9PM. 
  • RAPP members are expected to attend all required meetings. Participants must attend at least 7 meetings in order to successfully complete the program. 
  • There are a variety of RAPP-approved field trips that are offered during weekends and evenings throughout the academic year. 
  • Participants must attend at least 4 RAPP-approved field trips in order to successfully complete the program. 
  • Completing a social change group project is also a required aspect of RAPP. The social change group project requires about 30 hours of work during the spring semester. 
Required meetings: 
  • Meeting 1: Wednesday September 20, 2023, 6-9PM, ARTSCI 368
  • Meeting 2: Wednesday October 11, 2023, 6-9PM, ARTSCI 368
  • Meeting 3: Wednesday October 25, 2023, 6-9PM, ARTSCI 368
  • Meeting 4: Wednesday November 8, 2023, 6-9PM, ARTSCI 368
  • Meeting 5: Wednesday November 29, 2023, 6-9PM, ARTSCI 368
  • Meeting 6: Wednesday January 17, 2024, 6-9PM, location TBD
  • Meeting 7: Wednesday February 7, 2024, 6-9PM, location TBD
  • Meeting 8: Wednesday February 21, 2024, 6-9PM, location TBD
  • Meeting 9: Wednesday March 6, 2024 6-9PM, location TBD
  • Meeting 10: Wednesday April 3, 2024, 6-9PM, location TBD

End of year celebration: Wednesday April 17, 2024, 6-9PM, location TBD

Our attendance policy requires participants to attend all 10 RAPP meetings, and if needed, they can miss no more than 3. Participants who miss more than 3 meetings will be removed from the program.

Note that in order to successfully complete the program/ in order to maintain eligibility for the book award, participants must: 1) attend at least 7 out of the 10 required meetings, 2) attend at least 4 RAPP-approved field trips, and 3) successfully complete a social change group project (30 hours).  

RAPP-approved field trips include: 

  1. National Underground Railroad Freedom Center:  October 7, 2023, 10AM-12:30PM (9:30AM-1PM if you need transportation)
  2. On-campus field trip to the Bearcat Promise Career Studio: October 11, 2023, 4PM-5PM
  3. Serpent Mound: October 13, 2023, 11:30AM-5:00PM (includes transportation time)
  4. Holocaust and Humanity Center: November 4, 2023, 10AM-12:30PM (9:30AM-1PM if you need transportation)
  5. Krohn Conservatory:  November 18, 2023, 10AM-12:00PM (9:30AM-12:30PM if you need transportation)
  6. Visit to the site of Sam DuBose's shooting:  February 26, 2024, 4-5PM (3:30PM-5:30PM if you need transportation)
  7. Islamic Center of Greater Cincinnati: March 2, 2024, 1PM-3PM (12:15PM-3:30PM if you need transportation)
  8. Plum Street Temple: March 7, 2024, 3PM-4PM (2:30PM-4:30PM if you need transportation)
  9. Black Brigade of Cincinnati Monument and the Marian Spencer Memorial (Smale Riverfront Park) and the Theodore M. Berry International Friendship Park: March 30, 2024, 10AM-12PM (9:30AM-12:30PM if you need transportation)
  10. DIY RAPP- approved field trip: You may go on your own DIY RAPP-approved field trip using the list of sites included on our RAPP Intercultural Learning Guide. Students must receive approval for their DIY field trips in advance, and brief reflections must be turned in after going on the field trip. 

Events sponsored by UC offices and departments: 

AACRC events

Ethnic Programs and Services events: 

Center for Truth, Racial Healing & Transformation events: 

Nathaniel R. Jones Center for Race, Gender, and Social Justice events:

LGBTQ+ Center events: 

Women's Center events:


Other intercultural learning resources: 

  • RAPP Intercultural Learning Guide: This resource contains a list of local intercultural experiences, including university activities, personal interactions, media, travel, and cultural sites. 
  • RAPP Supplemental Media Guide: This resource contains books, movies, TV shows, and podcasts on the following topics: ability/ neurodiversity, gender identity, sexual orientation, race/ ethnicity, class, national origin/ immigration status, and body type. 

Apply today!

The application 2024-2025 RAPP cohort will open on March 1, 2024, and will close on August 1, 2024 (or when 25 students have been admitted into the program). You can fill out the application for the 2024-2025 cohort via GetInvolvedUC. After you apply, you will be asked to complete a half hour interview. 

Questions? Contact:

Headshot of Keith Lanser

Keith Lanser

Assistant Director, Center for Community Engagement

2639 Clifton Ave, Cincinnati, OH 45221


RAPP participants completing an activity during a RAPP meeting.

RAPP participants completing an activity during a RAPP meeting.