Education, Empowerment, and Ethnic Communities

Wayne Yang and Amanda Solomon

Education, Empowerment, and Ethnic Communities

What is the purpose of education or, perhaps, what should be the purpose of education? How does what happens in a classroom both replicate and challenge social systems and hierarchies, specifically in terms of constructions of race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality and class? What is the role of a teacher in the classroom? What happens when students decide to teach and mentor each other? What new knowledge is generated? More importantly, how can students empower each other in a shared endeavor to produce knowledge and create community?

In this course, we will study how factors of race, class, gender, and sexuality impede equal access to education and mark certain populations as “at-­risk.” We will explore theories and methods of education (or pedagogy) that are grounded in the pursuit of social justice and community empowerment. We will then put our theories into practice by serving as mentors in the classrooms of the Kuya Ate Mentorship Program.


Virtual Advising:

Available through

Walk-In Advising:

Held in the Sixth College Annex.

Monday: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Tuesday: 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Wednesday: 9:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Thursday: 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Friday: 1:30-3:30 p.m.