Efraín Marimón and Ashley Patterson, faculty members in Penn State’s College of Education, understand that training students to tackle systemic racism and inequity requires more than just classroom learning — they need to get out in the field and see the lessons put into action. Students across the University have that opportunity through the D.C. Social Justice Fellowship, in which 12 to 15 students from across Penn State spend the spring semester developing a social justice curriculum at University Park and then two to three weeks teaching those lessons in Washington, D.C., high schools.

“The program is unique in that social justice is at the core,” said Patterson, assistant professor of education and research director of the D.C. Social Justice Fellowship. “As far as an opportunity based in social justice that gets you off campus to do actual instruction, I don’t think there’s another program like this at the University.”

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