Teach-In for Social Justice

Guided by the spirit and legacy of distinguished orator and statesman Frederick Douglass, our Institute seeks to support learning and advocacy opportunities for students, faculty, and community members that strengthen the preparation of students to address issues of racism and social/racial inequality.


This year, the KU FDI is organizing five "Teach-Ins" at five national parks with seven JROTC high school cadet groups and four other universities. Four KU students assisted in the research associated with each of these national parks. 

Students on bus, with Frederick Douglass doll in the foreground

2017 was an exciting year where a National Park Grant sponsored our travel to Minuteman Missile National Park! Maya, Chanelle, Caroline and Samantha explored the Badlands, Crazy Horse Monument, and other sites as they studied the intersection of the Civil Rights Movement and the Cold War.

Female student standing in front of Minuteman Missile National Park

Five KU secondary education social studies students traveled to Gettysburg National Military Park to present lessons about Latino soldiers participating in the Civil War. They were joined by Fort Worth high school JROTC cadets and explored strategy, as well as the economic and social consequences of the battle. 

Several students gathered at Gettysburg National military park
Students pose with statue of Abraham Lincoln
Two students observe statue at Gettysburg

2015 marked the 170th anniversary of the publication of Frederick Douglass' classic autobiography, Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an America Slave.  The Frederick Douglass Collaborative (KU FDI is one of PASSHE 14 FDIs), which has the goal of nurturing transformative connections among diverse students, faculty, and communities across the Commonwealth, is marking this significant event in the life of our nation through a series of activities that will take place across the PASSHE in 2015.  We invite you to participate in one or more of those events. KU participated in a "Freedom Ride" through the South ending in Selma and marching to Montgomery, Alabama!

Five students seated, speaking at a panel.
male student smiling, sitting in front of an open laptop.