AHSS faculty lecture by Hava Gordon
LOCATION: Anderson Academic Commons, Special Events Room
This is Our School: How Racial and Class Inequalities Shape Movement Coalitions over Urban School Reform
Presented by Hava Gordon, associate professor of sociology and criminology
Co-sponsored by Alumni of ACTION
Urban school reform has become a flashpoint for struggles over educational equity, gentrification, and racial and economic segregation. In this lecture, we will explore how grassroots movements help to shape the mechanics of school choice in particular cities, determine which charter schools will be opened and which will be replicated, push districts to re-invest in particular neighborhood schools, and bring racial justice initiatives into seemingly color-blind education policies. This lecture will also examine how movement victories are ultimately limited by profound racial divides between these various grassroots movements; even between movements that similarly claim to work towards educational and social justice.