Avanzando: Education Pathways

Fall 2023: Wednesday, 4:50 pm - 7:35 pm

Walton Center for Planetary Health, Room 409 (Session C)

Who was the American education system designed for?


What unique educational disparities does the Maryvale community face?


How do we respond to conflicting cultural norms and values that inhibit access to institutional resouces?

How do we make education inclusive?

This course, Avanzando - Moving Forward, in partnership with the diverse community of Maryvale, aims to establish clear educational opportunities and career development support for Phoenix youth. Through an interdisciplinary and intersectional investigation into educational practices (formal and informal), student teams will produce research-based, actionable responses to educational disparities and community challenges related to conflicting cultural norms and values. With faculty mentorship, students will identify cultural and systemic barriers that inhibit student educational empowerment and produce research-based, hands-on solutions that incorporate the nuances of a humanistic perspective and consider relevant historical, cultural, and linguistic contexts of Maryvale.


  • Collaborators TBA

Impact Outcomes

Students will share their findings with the general public in a format of their choosing. Check this page at the end of the semester for more information!

Educational Disparity in the News

At the Humanities Lab, we strive to ensure our Labs are relevant and current. Here are some recent articles about educational disparities and the urban village of Maryvale in today’s news.

Maryvale Nonprofit Encourages Youth to Give Back to Their Communities

How COVID-19 pandemic magnified challenges for Arizona students not proficient in English

Enrollment Information

Fall 2023: Wednesday 4:50 pm - 7:35 pm

WCPH, Session C

Humanities Lab HUL 494 & 598
School of International Letters and Cultures SPA 494 & 598
School of Earth and Space Exploration SES 494 & 598


Instructional Team

Seize the Moment

This Lab is presented through Seize the Moment, an initiative of Leonardo, the Humanities Lab, and the Global Futures Laboratory at Arizona State University. In an alarming syndemic of intersecting crises—the coronavirus pandemic, racial injustice and accompanying civil unrest, and cascading environmental hazards—Seize the Moment addresses the grand challenges of the day through transdisciplinary arts, science, technological, and humanities collaborations in research, pedagogy, and public engagement. To learn more, visit our website at http://bit.ly/SeizetheMomentASU.

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