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.

KU student at Fort Davis National Park

The first 2019 teach-in occurred in February at Fort Davis National Park in partnership with the Fort Worth JROTC and the University of Texas, Arlington. In honor of Black History Month, participants studied the Buffalo Soldier and the significance of Texas frontier forts.

KU students at Mt. Rushmore

In the second 2019 teach-in, the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse partnered with the Omaha-area JROTC and studied the role of women in the military during the Cold War. This experience also included traveling to the Crazy Horse Memorial, Ellis Air Force Base, Air and Space Museum, Mt. Rushmore and Badlands National Parks.

KU students at Canyon DeChelleys National Park

The third 2019 weekend teach-in took place at Canyon De Chelly National Park in collaboration with the Aztec High School JROTC and Dine College. The experience focused on the 150th anniversary of the Long Walk, during which thousands of Navajo were forced to walk 300 miles by the U.S. government.

Kutztown University students at Manzanar National Historic Site

The last 2019 weekend teach-in took place at the Manzanar and Cesar Chavez National Historic Sites. The teach-in partnered with Cal Poly Pomona (CA) and Glendale (AZ) JROTC Navy cadets. The highlight of the weekend was speaking with a survivor of the Manzanar internment camp and experiencing the beauty of Eastern Sierra Nevada and Tehatchapi Mountains.

JROTC cadets, Wisconsin LaCrosse and KU students at Crazy Horse Monument

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

Kutztown University Students at the Gettysburg National Military Park

In 2016-2017, Five 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.

KU student at Fort Davis National Park
KU Students at Mt. Rushmore
KU students at Canyon DeChelley National Park
KU students at Manzanar National Historic Site
JROTC cadets, Wisconsin LaCrosse and KU students at Crazy Horse Monument
Kutztown Students at Gettysburg National Military Park