Racial Justice: How can we advocate for and create a more equitable community?
Lead Partners: Emily Therrien & Dana Decker (English/ Social Studies standards)
In this PBL Challenge, students will respond to increasing community concerns about social injustice in our local and national community. Students will work with area experts to establish and maintain a Racial Justice Student Alliance here at RU, with the goal of raising awareness around racial injustice to create a safer and more educated environment for all community members. Students will study the history of social injustice in our country, including the creation of race, the function of class division, and the history of exclusion based on gender and sexuality. In studying these histories and contemporary impacts, students will be encouraged to question and reimagine the power dynamics that contribute to an inequitable society .
Through the PBL, students will work with their peers to educate our school community about current issues, and will work with teachers to develop inclusive curricula. Throughout the year, students will work to recruit RJSA members, establish goals, and host regular meetings and events. In participating in this PBL, students will learn about organizing around social issues and advocating for change through education and civil resistance.
Career Pathways: This PBL challenge will appeal to students interested in careers in social justice, community organizing, social work, political science, history, and education.