Academy and Grammy Award-winning Artist, Author, Actor, and Activist Common Partners With Varsity Tutors to Host Free Class on Finding Your Voice for Social Change

Common Joins the Collection of Celebrity Experts Teaching Live, Online Classes for Free

ST. LOUIS--(BUSINESS WIRE)--#Common--Today, Varsity Tutors is proud to announce a partnership with award-winning artist, actor, author and activist Common, to host a free live, online class about finding and using your voice to enact change. Common’s activism and depth of experience across a variety of creative disciplines makes this a “can’t miss” class for kids across the country desperate for excitement and engagement in this largely remote back-to-school environment.

After recognizing a critical need for learning opportunities that address current societal issues including systemic racism and injustices, Varsity Tutors launched a curated curriculum earlier this year titled The Social Conscience Series. Its partnership with Common serves as one of the flagship classes for the series.

“As an organization dedicated to helping people learn, it’s our job to help people recognize and understand the world around them,” said Chuck Cohn, founder and Chief Executive Officer of Varsity Tutors. “Common is a powerful voice of influence who will offer valuable insight and opportunities for kids, who will be our next generation of leaders.”

“I’m excited to partner with Varsity Tutors to not only help educate the next generation of students, but to learn from them as well,” said Common. “The work that I do with my foundation and the mission of Varsity Tutors are so closely aligned. I look forward to inspiring kids and parents from across the country as they continue to inspire me.”

“We're honored and excited to help drive change during such a pivotal time in society," said Brian Galvin, Chief Academic Officer for Varsity Tutors. "By co-hosting classes with inspirational figures like Common, we can entertain and engage students while educating them about critical societal issues.”

Common’s class is part of a broader roster of live, online classes and educational resources intended to help parents fill their children’s day with enriched learning. Popular topics have been Virtual Field Trips, The STEM Success Series, and the Creativity Club. Also popular are Varsity Tutors’ celebrity expert courses, which have been led by stars such as Julianne Hough, two-time champion of Dancing with the Stars; Mayim Bialik, from The Big Bang Theory; Aly Raisman, a U.S. champion gymnast; Animal Planet’s “Coyote” Peterson; astronaut Leland Melvin; and many others.

As part of a larger commitment to take action and impact change, Varsity Tutors has also pledged a financial donation to Common’s foundation, the Common Ground Foundation, whose mission is to empower students from underserved communities to become future leaders.

Parents interested in registering for the Common-led class or any other classes can go to to sign up.

About Varsity Tutors

Varsity Tutors is a Live Learning Platform that seamlessly connects learners to experts in more than 3,000 subjects. Our mission as a company is simple—we help people learn. Since 2007, we've been investing in online learning technology, have built new-to-the-world capabilities, and have assembled some of the most talented educators across the U.S. to help deliver that mission. Amidst school closures and the prolonged amount of time out of the classroom due to COVID-19, our mission has become more important than ever. Since the start of the pandemic, Varsity Tutors has helped over 500,000 students with free online classes and tutoring in hundreds of academic and enrichment subjects.


Jeff Pecor
Tailwind Public Relations