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Tuesday, October 10 • 3:30pm - 4:00pm
Social Justice Pedagogy and University/Community Partnerships: How to Critically Engage Youth in Activism (30 mins)

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Syracuse, New York is ranked as one of the areas in the United States with the highest concentration of Black and Latino poverty. This has been a catalyst in the need for sustaining effective and mutually beneficial collaborations within the community and the University. Syracuse University’s Intergroup Dialgoue (IGD) program has created and sustained a partnership with the Syracuse City School District incorporating a high school credited course in the curriculum; Cultural Voices and an after school program, Lit Arts. Cultural Voices is a twenty-week course based on dialogic pedagogy and adapted from a college curriculum, where students are challenged and supported in engaging difficult dialogues on race, racism, culture, and community in the educational and social context of an alternative urban school, where our most recent collaboration has taken place. Lit Arts provides further opportunity for students to engage in experiential learning outside of the school day in a way that enhances the development of academic and civic identities – specifically through dialogue and art-based curriculum. This collaboration is productive for both educators and learners and has proven to be beneficial to the larger Syracuse Community. Using the example of Cultural Voices and Lit Arts this presentation will expand on ways that such social justice pedagogy inspires youth activism and nurtures the civic engagement of educators and community members. The presenters will engage participants in an exchange on how bridging relationships across the community and the University is both constructive and critical.


Dellareese Jackson

Graduate Assistant/ Part time Instructor, Democratizing Knowledge/ Intergroup Dialogue
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Diane Romo

Graduate Research Assistant, Intergroup Dialogue Program, Syracuse University

Tuesday October 10, 2017 3:30pm - 4:00pm MDT
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