Call-to-Action Recommendations

WE1S “Call-to-Action” recommendations suggest concrete actions, events, programs, initiatives, and other plans that supporters of the humanities can take to encourage the flourishing of the humanities as a deep resource for individuals, organizations, communities, and nations. As in our similar Call-for-Communication recommendations, we present our Calls-to-Action in the form of one-page “cards.” (See our cards method.)

These recommendations stem from our project’s big-data research on how the humanities are perceived by the public as represented by, or in, the media. See our research Key Findings.

Coupling together our research findings, collections, methods, and tools with our recommendations allows us to imagine holistic Research-to-Action Toolkits for the humanities, only initial prototypes for which we have started making.

We hope that others will use our research to create their own recommendations and toolkits, which we would be happy to publish on our site. (Write to

WE1S Recommendations Overview

Actions Universities & Colleges Can Take

How can higher ed take specific actions to sustain and encourage the growth of the humanities--both in the academy and in society?

Actions Universities and Communities and Take Together

How can scholars, students, and community members or organizations act together to enrichen society with the humanities?

Actions Students Can Take

What can students engaged with the humanities, whether as majors or not, do to promote a robust campus and broader social culture in which the humanities are important?

Actions Humanities Funding Agencies Can Take

How can humanities funding agencies at all levels—government agencies, private foundations, professional associations, and state or local organizations—extend or enhance their important support for the humanities?

Actions Humanities Associations Can Take

What can associations, councils, and other organizations representing the humanities in the professions or society do to broaden engagemet with the humanities?

Actions Researchers Can Take

What can other researchers do with WE1S methods, tools, or datasets to extend WE1S research on related issues or advocacy for the humanities? Or how can other researchers adapt WE1S open-source resources for their own goals?