DC Social Justice Fellowship course students teaching in Washington – Penn State News – DC Initiative on Racial Equity
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WASHINGTON, D.C. — Penn State’s College of Education was forced to pull the plug on its D.C. Social Justice Fellowship in 2020 because of the COVID-19 pandemic, but it’s back full force this spring with its commitment to promoting diversity, equity and inclusivity as principal elements of higher education.

The Maymester course has a slightly different look — condensed from three weeks to two — but examining how systemic racism that has an adverse effect on society overall and educational institutions in general remains the overarching objective for its students.

Assistant professors Efraín Marimón and Ashley Patterson, and graduate students Carlos Medina and  Brenda Martinez, who also is the student advocate specialist in the Office of Education and Social Equity, are accompanying 10 students in Washington, D.C., this week (May 24-29).

The students spent the spring semester creating curriculum based on an area of interest in social justice and this week will apply that in a variety of methods. The students have been teaching virtually in the D.C. Public Schools and will teach in-person — socially distanced in front of students in grades nine through 12 — two days this week.

They’ll stay in a hotel instead of in dorm rooms at Catholic University in Washington. They’ll meet with guest speakers who are fully vaccinated, and they will comply with all health requirements set by Penn State and Georgetown University, which annually

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