Fall 2020

Race, Education, and Belonging

Listed in: American Studies, as AMST-200  |  Anthropology and Sociology, as SOCI-200

Moodle site: Course


Kristen V. Luschen (Section 01)


(Offered as AMST 200 and SOCI 200) Disproportionate numbers of students of color drop out or disengage from schools in America each year.  Responding to the framework of “drop out,” critical educational scholars have argued that many school practices, policies, and cultures “push out” already marginalized students, or at the very least, do not take sufficient steps to create an inclusive culture that supports all students’ participation and sense of belonging.  This course examines the ways in which race and racism influence political, social, cultural, and institutional belonging.  This interdisciplinary course will draw on theory and research from the fields of education, sociology, and ethnic studies to examine the conditions of schooling that prompt students’ formal and less formal forms of school disengagement. We will explore how educational institutions, educators, and their community partners support students’ access to and engagement with education. We will examine educational reform practices that strive to cultivate a culture of belonging and community in schools. In particular, we will examine programs and schools that forefront anti-racist education, community engagement, student participation, critical multicultural education, and restorative justice.

Students in the course will participate in the Education Studies Lecture Series, "Education, Crisis, and Belonging." These conversations will explore the possibilities afforded by this contemporary moment of crisis to examine the purposes and promise of education.

Limited to 18 students. Fall semester. Visiting Professor Luschen.

If Overenrolled: Preference to American Studies majors.


Attention to Issues of Class, Attention to Issues of Race, Attention to Issues of Social Justice, Attention to Writing, Community Based Learning, Online Only


2022-23: Not offered
Other years: Offered in Fall 2019, Fall 2020, Fall 2021