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Friday, March 18 • 1:45pm - 3:10pm
FR1.45.12 The Intersection of Education and Social Justice: Mapping the Research and Advocacy Fields (ACTIVIST SCHOLARSHIP SESSION)

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Over the past twenty years, neoliberal school reforms have gained increasing momentum across the United States, emphasizing school choice, market discipline, standardized testing, high-stakes evaluation, privatized management, and the reframing of public education as a site for capital investment. These reforms intersect with cities and communities in complex ways. Critics argue that neoliberal reforms exacerbate educational inequalities and can have dramatically differential consequences for low-income and wealthier communities. Understanding the intersections between these reform strategies and questions of social justice, community development, and urban policy requires interdisciplinary engagement that bridges the confines of traditional academic disciplines. Increasingly, scholars of psychology, education, politics, sociology, urban studies, economics, and planning, among others, are examining the broader impacts of these neoliberal reforms, particularly on our most vulnerable communities. UAA, which brings together interdisciplinary scholars interested in issues of social justice and urban policy, is the perfect venue for that conversation to take place. This colloquy will enable UAA participants to map the research questions at the intersection of neoliberal school reforms, social and economic justice, community development and urban policy and to explore how that research can be connected to policy advocacy and local activism. Participants will discuss their research and/or research that they are familiar with; collectively frame the research questions that emerge; explore the different methodologies employed; and begin to connect the dots across research areas. We will then explore how this research can be connected to policy advocacy and local activism work. The overall goals are to increase the knowledge base within the UAA of who is doing education related work, create networks among these researchers, and, hopefully, seed collaborative projects. This colloquy is designed for UAA participants who are doing, or thinking about doing, research on the issues above or any educational issues that intersect with social justice considerations.

Speakers
avatar for Barbara Ferman

Barbara Ferman

Professor, Temple University
Born and raised in Brooklyn (which is still the 4th largest city!), I had an early education about urban areas that was shaped by some very practical activities – turning empty lots into playgrounds, keeping the hand ball court for hours, dodging traffic, and learning the subway... Read More →
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Ryan M. Good

Part-Time Lecturer, Rutgers University
I hold a Ph.D. in Planning and Public Policy from the Bloustein School at Rutgers University. My interests lie in the areas of community development, place-based organizations, and the politics of neighborhood identity. In my dissertation, I studied how local stakeholders invoked... Read More →
avatar for Julia Sass Rubin, Rutgers

Julia Sass Rubin, Rutgers

Associate Professor, Rutgers
Julia Sass Rubin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and an Associate Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She also is one of the founding members of Save Our Schools... Read More →

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Julia Sass Rubin, Rutgers

Associate Professor, Rutgers
Julia Sass Rubin, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Edward J. Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University and an Associate Visiting Professor at the Woodrow Wilson School at Princeton University. She also is one of the founding members of Save Our Schools... Read More →

Friday March 18, 2016 1:45pm - 3:10pm PDT
Aqua Salon E