Emancipatory Education Initiative

Emancipatory Education Initiative

There is an urgent need to radically transform our educational systems.

Too many of our P20 students are marginalized and/or multiply-marginalized based on race, class, national origin, language, gender identity, sexual orientation, disability, and neurodiversity. For decades, we have been tinkering around the edges, providing patchwork programs and band-aid solutions but our core educational systems continue to perpetuate inequity and injustice. An emancipatory approach will challenge our epistemic framework, prioritize learning in partnership with community, and radically reimagine systems to center historically marginalized perspectives.

The Emancipatory Education Initiative at San José State University will facilitate community-engaged research and advance emancipatory pedagogies that support the redesign of learning from preschool through post-secondary. As a result, we will support the development of equitable and inclusive educational systems that nurture the creativity and brilliance of all learners so that our diverse, democratic society can truly thrive.

Recent News

  • Join us for our Emancipatory Education Speaker Series on Friday, February 26, March 5, March 12, and March 19, from 3:30-5pm PST to hear from Sec. John King, Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings, and more around imagining and making progress toward more equitable and emancipatory possibilities.

Foundational Activities

K-12 Online Teaching Academy

We established this free K-12 Online Teaching Academy in Summer 2020 in response to the inequities in learning exacerbated by the COVID-19 crisis. Many of the 23 Summer 2020 webinar recordings discussed how to build equity and employ emancipatory pedagogies in an online environment. Since then, our K-12 Online Teaching Academy has been highlighted on ABC7 NewsEdSource, and the COVID-19 CA website. RSVP for our webinars in January and February 2021 at sjsu.edu/education/community/k12-academy.

Emancipatory Education Now

Emancipatory Education Now is a student-led initiative that was established in Fall 2020 to examine what emancipatory education – the critical evaluation of the systems and structures of oppression that maintain the status quo in our educational institutions – looks like in today’s society and advocates for the expansion of emancipatory education research, policies, and practices.

Faces of Learning Project

This arts-based research initiative elicited student voices to provide insights into learning experiences at SJSU. A group of SJSU undergraduate student researchers met with students in the Fall 2019 and Spring 2020 semesters to get a deeper understanding of their learning experiences and then synthesize and share those experiences with the larger university community.

Future of Learning Summit

At our Fall 2019 Summit, attendees and speakers engaged in dialogues about how we learn today and consider how teaching and learning can and should evolve in the years ahead. Read the coverage by the SJSU Newsroom and listen to the 10 featured speakers' talks.

Guiding Principles

Signature Activities