Education and Freedom Dreaming

A cartoon black hand holding a pencil over stacked books and a classroom


Academic Team:
Puja Clifford (
First-Year Experience Seminar Instructor
Colleen Macdonald (
FIG Assistant

9 credits
First Year Experience Seminar – 1 credit 
CRN: 16253: M: 2:00-2:50pm, ED 117 
EDST 111 Education and Social Change – 4 credits 
CRN: 11827: TR: 8:30-9:50am, HED 220. +DIS CRN: 11828: F: 9:00-9:50am, GER246 ES 101 
Introduction to Ethnic Studies – 4 credits 
CRN: 12108: TR: 2:00-3:20pm, GSH 123, +DIS CRN:12111: F: 12:00-12:50pm, MCK 122 
About the FIG:

In this FIG, we will explore the possibilities of rethinking K-12 education and our role in education change. We will discuss the complexity of schools and share our visions for justice and joy in the classroom. 

EDST 111 Education and Social Change - CoreEd or major satisfying course

This course will provide an introduction to the history and present context of American education Our society faces an array of social, political, and economic challenges. Students will critically examine how we have arrived at this intricate moment in American schooling, as well as how social change has influenced schooling and vice versa. Further, multiple viewpoints are used to understand American education and all of its complexities. Students will evaluate historical, philosophical, and social viewpoints related to the purposes and goals of education. Additionally, students will compare/contrast multiple approaches to address a range of challenges and opportunities in American schools. This course appeals to undergraduate students seeking to develop their understanding of the field of education and its role in society.

ES 101 Introduction to Ethnic Studies - CoreEd or major satisfying course

This course is an introduction to the academic field of Ethnic Studies, the interdisciplinary, comparative and relational study of race, ethnicity and indigeneity in the United States. It surveys how the histories and experiences of people of color in America have been shaped by systems of domination, including but not limited to, white supremacy and white settler colonialism, capitalism and heteropatriarchy. Special attention is paid to how domination and acts/arts of resistance create and recreate racial subjects.

Meet your FIG Assistant and Instructor!