The Neighborhood Academy Social Justice Education Initiative

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Project Description 

The project engages students from the Schools of Law, Social Work, and Education to teach students of color at The Neighborhood Academy, a high school where all students are Black and in serious financial need. Through its intensive college preparatory program, the Academy works to break the cycle of generational poverty.

Pitt students will work with project faculty to develop and teach a social justice course focused on constitutional law and Black history for the Academy's juniors and seniors. The course will be a home room from which students will implement actual social justice projects in the Pittsburgh community.

Co-Principal Investigators 

Gina Garcia
School of Education

David Herring
School of Law

Jeffrey Shook
School of Social Work

Select Collaborators 

Tomar Pierson-Brown
School of Law 

William Carter
School of Law 

Goal Area