Each line of inquiry is led by a working group of students and, as of 2019, partners from the broader Philadelphia activist community. This index introduces the working groups and their lines of inquiry. To learn more, click on the link and visit the page they created to share the form, process, and findings of their inquiry.
Critical Pedagogies (2018)
This working group has been exploring the theories and practices behind liberatory praxis (theory and action) in pedagogical approaches in classrooms and third spaces. In an attempt to resist oppressive teaching and learning practices that are commonly used in education, we enacted a vision of critical pedagogies by breaking down the teacher-student binary, providing opportunities for the class to reflect on their own lives, and cultivating space for mindfulness, art, and embodied movement.
This group was comprised of four students, Connor Augustine, Betsy Boggs, Henry Munk, and Dorothy Villarreal who were interested in learning more about the ways in which the University of Pennsylvania interacts with the surrounding community. They conducted class for two weeks, with the first class including a walking tour and discussion of the readings. They invited community members representing different aspects of campus/community partnerships for the second class. Read on to hear our podcast and check out our class syllabus!
Queer Theories and Education (2018)
This group was comprised of four students, LaShawnda Brooks, Erin Waddles, Michaela Ward, and Amiri Banks, who were interested in applying queer theory to educational praxis, within and beyond the classroom. They conducted class for two weeks, with the first class including a reflection and discussion of readings. They invited community members representing different queer positionalities and praxes for the second class.
This working group explores the critical student activist work by black and brown students. Separated into two weeks we explore both activism in K-12 spaces, as well as the work done by higher education students. Topic explored include the fight for cultural spaces, a recent controversy at Penn Law, and the role of youth organizing as a developmental context for black and latinx adolescents.