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Educating for Inclusion

Spring 2020: Tuesday and Thursday, 12-1:15pm 
Ross-Blakely Hall, Room 171

  • How do histories of segregation, disenfranchisement, and displacement impact today’s educational, institutional and schooling commitments to serve diverse populations?
  • How do the interests and needs of different marginalized groups such as Indigenous Peoples and African Americans intersect?
  • How have communities of the past and present pursued equal educational access and opportunities for advancement?
  • What might we learn from history to make today’s universities, such as ASU, better at educating students to create a more inclusive society?
  • How can today’s students put that history to use to create a more truly inclusive society beyond the university?

Join an illuminating, powerful site-based Lab that focuses on the contemporary and historical challenges of creating inclusive, equitable societies.

In this Lab, we will use the ASU charter, with its commitment to inclusion, access, and equity, as a foundation for addressing challenges within the politics of education like those revealed by the histories of education for Indigenous and African American communities. Our semester-long investigation into questions about inclusion in education will include rigorous dialogues, creative projects, and meaningful collaborations with historic education sites that have been on the front lines of American battles over education. Student teams will make the approaches developed through their investigation publicly accessible, aiding others seeking greater inclusion, equity and access in education.


Arizona Historical Society, Tempe
Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, Kansas
Carlisle Indian School Digital Resource Center
George Washington Carver Cultural Center, Phoenix
Heard Museum, Phoenix
Steele Park Indian School Cultural Center, Phoenix
Museum of African American History, Boston
Indian Country Today
ASU’s Labriola National American Indian Data Center

Course Learning Outcomes

The course will provide many opportunities for students to articulate and showcase the subtle, noteworthy and transformative outcomes that are emerging as a result of their engagement with public history, digital and material archives, librarians and curators, and alumni of schools that have been embroiled in national debates about access, inclusion, and equity.  

Enrollment Information

Spring 2020: Tuesday and Thursday, 12-1:15pm and Tuesdays 9-10:15am*

Ross Blakely Hall, Room 171

  • Humanities Lab HUL 494 and HUL598
  • Justice Studies JUS 394
  • English ENG 494
*Lab time is for students to work on activities and assignments, especially skill-building and collaborative Lab projects. Contact faculty about required Lab times.   Sign up today!

Instructional Team

Lois Brown Director of Center for the Study of Race and Democracy Department of English Educating for Inclusion Spring 2020
Bryan Brayboy Director of Center for Indian Education School of Social Transformation Educating for Inclusion Spring 2020