Course Description: The Social Justice Education Project offers University of Pittsburgh upper-level law, social work, and education students the opportunity to teach 11th grade students at The Neighborhood Academy High School located in the Stanton Heights neighborhood of Pittsburgh (see link to article above).
The Neighborhood Academy is an independent, college preparatory school that provides a holistic education and works to break the cycle of generational poverty. Currently, all of the Academy students are Black.
Pitt students will work with Pitt and Academy faculty to develop and teach a core social justice course for the Academy’s junior class. They will introduce Academy students to selected constitutional law concepts and cases, the social history that informs the cases, and critical race theory. Pitt students will also prepare Academy students to participate in a national moot appellate moot court competition sponsored by the Marshall-Brennan Center on Constitutional Literacy. In addition, Pitt students will work with Academy students to develop and implement actual social justice projects in the Pittsburgh community.
Pitt students will receive 6 credits for successful completion of the program – 3 credits for fall and 3 credits for spring. They will participate in a weekly seminar meeting and work closely as a team to teach high school class sessions. Students will be required to maintain a detailed journal of their legal rights research, appellate brief drafting, teaching preparation, and teaching experiences. The journal will fulfill the W requirement.
Students will need to arrange for transportation to the Academy. They will be reimbursed for reasonable transportation expenses.
This nine page virtual toolkit includes organizations to support, mental health resources and educational resources which combat violence against descendants of East / Southeast Asian and related communities who are located throughout the United States.
We Need to talk about Asian American Hate (YouTube video)
Formed in 2016, The Pitt Prison Education Program (PPEP) is a network of Pitt faculty members from across the disciplines who teach courses in prisons in the western PA region. Courses are taught every semester on a variety of topics at SCI Fayette, Laurel Highlands, and Somerset. They feature small class sizes comprising incarcerated students and Pitt undergraduates. The courses are modeled on the Inside-Out prison exchange program that enables incarcerated and non-incarcerated people to encounter one another as human beings. The emphasis on collaborative learning invites people on both sides of prison walls to learn in a supportive environment. The classes embody Pitt’s commitment to excellence and are grounded in the pursuit of intellectual rigor, social justice, and personal growth.
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- Mapping Police Violence
- Fatal Force--The Washington Post
- Criminal Law Reform--ACLU
- Reforming Police--ACLU
Black Political Empowerment Project (B-PEP)
2201 Wylie Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15219
Black Girls Equity Alliance
711 West Commons; Third Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15212
Urban League of Greater Pittsburgh
The Warner Center
332 Fifth Avenue; Fourth Floor
Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Three Rivers Community Foundation
100 North Braddock Avenue; Suite 302
Pittsburgh, PA 15208