Powerful Poetry

“Young people, like adults, receive countless confusing and negative messages about the implications of skin color.” Katharine Johnson is an educator that works within a diverse classroom setting, so she is always looking for ways to improve accessibility and student affirmation in her learning environment. After attending a workshop on teaching preschool children to celebrate and understand the biological basis of skin color, Johnson developed a unit integrating these themes. Beginning with an explanation of the science behind skin tone, Johnson followed with an activity matching paint samples to the skin colors of students in the classroom and reading poetry by Sheila Hamanka. After several activities compelling students to brainstorm statements about their...

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Colorblind Millennials

Colorblind Millennials

The Public Broadcasting Station’s Newshour recently published Mychal Denzel Smith’s article discussing the Millennial Generation. The Millennial generation, children of the 80s and 90s, in large part believe our society to be post-racial. Receiving a thorough education from the baby-boomers and Gen-Xers, Millennials have come to believe the best way to address race is neutrality or colorblindness. Given the focus upon affirmation action through the 80s and 90s, 58% of white Millennials believe that whites experience racial discrimination equal to that experienced by people of color, indeed placing an emphasis on “reverse racism.” Education and socialization has taught this generation to believe discussions around race are only a source of unneeded...

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Urban Studies Department Hosts Low-cost Workshop

Urban Studies Department Hosts Low-cost Workshop

  Urban Studies Educational Forum Thursday, April 9th, 6:30-9:00 PM Eastern University Falls Center     The Urban Studies Department of Eastern University presents its Spring Educational Forum entitled The Triple Bottom Line of Sustainable Neighborhood Development. This workshop will be facilitated by Eastern University 2013 alumnus, Troy Hannigan, who has previous experience with Habitat Humanity of Philadelphia and currently works for Community Ventures, a non-profit affordable housing developer. Troy will discuss case studies of affordable housing developments utilizing sustainable practice as well as lead attendees in a planning exercise. This event costs $5 and is open to the general public, but space is limited. Register at this link. For...

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Young People can Make a Difference

Maya Anderson is a 8th grader with great artistic talent and a vision for impacting those around her. Her book, Claws: The Prequel, is a futuristic novel featuring realistic anime and, much like the stories of Tolkien and Lewis, creates a new world and language. Maya loves drawing and creating stories, but she pursued developing and publishing this book to support arts programming in the Philadelphia Public School System. From books sale proceeds, Maya purchases and sends gift certificate to art teachers encountering budget cuts. With the support of her mother (who is acting as her editor and publisher), Maya has been given an opportunity to come out of her shell and positively contribute to her community. Being primarily responsible for the promotion of her book,...

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The Freire Project

Paulo Freire was a revolutionary educator that used education as a tool for empowering Brazil’s working poor. His theories of education have been developed through prolific writings and have acted as the primary foundation for critical pedagogy. The Freire Project has been developed to help connect educators to resources addressing implementation of critical pedagogy in the classroom. The Freire Project seeks to build an international critical community working to promote social justice across cultural contexts through supporting activism and critical research around culture, youth, community, and media. Using the website as a vehicle, The Freire Project connects educators to others of similar pedagogical affiliation as well as relevant publications....

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MA in Urban Studies Open House

Are you interested in learning more about impacting urban communities? Plan to attend Eastern University’s MA in Urban Studies Open House! Date: Saturday, February 21st from 10AM-12PM Location: Eastern University Falls Center Event will include a program presentation, panel discussion, and time to network with faculty, students and alum. Register at this link. Questions: contact 215-769-3121

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