The University of Washington’s Banks Center for Educational Justice will host Distinguished Summer Scholar Sandy Grande, a 2019 recipient of the prestigious Ford Foundation Senior Fellowship, who will teach the course “Black and Indigenous Theories of Education Liberation and Resurgence.”
Grande, the author of “Red Pedagogy: Native American Social and Political Thought,” is a professor and director of the Center for the Critical Study of Race and Ethnicity at Connecticut College.
The interdisciplinary graduate course, co-taught by Grande and Summer Teaching Fellow Leslie Allen Williams, will explore the tensions and intersections between Indigenous, decolonial, multicultural, critical race and social justice theories of education. Students will examine the interplay of race and settler colonialism particularly as manifested through the interrelations of U.S. property claims over Indigenous territory and black bodies.
The Banks Center for Educational Justice is a central location for partnerships, program development and collaborative research with early childhood through university educational settings that sustain Native, Black, Latinx, and Asian and Pacific Islander young people across Seattle and Washington state and beyond. The center honors long-time UW faculty member James A. Banks, founder and director of the Center for Multicultural Education, and founding UW Bothell faculty member, Cherry A. Banks.
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