Tag Archives: Cheryl DeFlavis

Movements United to Fight Racism, Raise Pay

Movements United to Fight Racism, Raise Pay

Two of the largest movements focused on improving the lives of Black people and other people of color, Fight for $15 and The Movement for Black Lives, are joining forces April 4 for a national day of protest: “Fight Racism, Raise Pay.” Faculty are united with the social movement because we know firsthand, as I say here, “how racial and economic inequality are interconnected social problems and how they're working in higher education to perpetuate those inequalities in society at large.” Protests ...

Campus Resistance: Rise Up March 1st

Campus Resistance: Rise Up March 1st

The assault on campus values, traditional learning, and professional working conditions in higher education is a widespread problem. Many students are faced with debt until death and teaching is hardly a middle-class profession anymore. This isn’t education—it is exploitation. Recently confirmed Secretary of Education billionaire Betsy DeVos and the Trump administration will not be the leader that American higher education needs. That’s why it’s time to take a stand and make real change in highe ...

Teaching as Activism

Teaching as Activism

I have always viewed teaching in higher education as a form of activism. I personally had a lot of awakenings during my college education and still hold many of my professors in high regard for this. This has never been more important to me than right now during President Donald Trump's regime. With fake news and “alternative facts” appearing in our national lexicon it has never been more important to teach students critical thought. I have always integrated current events into my course and ...

Hands Up: Racial and Economic Inequality in Higher Education

Hands Up: Racial and Economic Inequality in Higher Education

Gather round class, it's time to talk about how racial and economic inequality are interconnected social problems and how they're working in higher ed to perpetuate those inequalities in society at large. Social problems are just that, social, they are embedded in the social structure which shapes our society and our individual experiences. As such, these problems cannot be fixed or blamed on individuals and impact large numbers of people in a negative way. Social problems are circular and both ...

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