History and Philosophy of Higher Education
Annotated Article on Urban Higher Education
#7: 215 words
The author, professor of sociology and Chicano studies, Pitzer College, uses the power of language to show how the denial of language and culture can be a form of oppression. However, his message goes beyond language to translation. We have to translate each other’s worlds before we can understand each other. Therefore, the author translated his classes into community-based participatory research and social responsibility ethos in what he called “Rural and Urban Social Movement.” The students used hands-on research as participant translators and made the connection between the community and the institution. The Pomona Day Labor Center grew from the students previous experiences with the community and their relationship with the day laborers to solve their problems. Another institution, The Center for California Cultural and Social Issues, also supports innovative community based projects for training to faculty and students at Pitzer. When students, faculty and community based organizations are brought together in partnership, strengths of diversity, critical pedagogy, participatory action research and service learning are brought to bear on common issues to create social change. This style promotes equal relationships and as they continue to develop, students and faculty can then become a political force in the community. The two research centers focuses on the sources of inequalities and what can be done about them.