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Improving Educational Opportunities for Black Youth in Pittsburgh: A Justice-Centered Intervention

Osai, Esohe and Campbell, Shanyce and Maraj, Loius and Scott, Khirsten and Evans-Williams, Jalyn and Fotuhi, Omid and Bañales, Josefina (2021) Improving Educational Opportunities for Black Youth in Pittsburgh: A Justice-Centered Intervention. In: Pitt Momentum Fund 2021.

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College going and completion is shown to provide substantial tangible (e.g., lifetime wages) and intangible (e.g., critical consciousness) benefits. Yet, Black youth often are excluded from opportunities to access college. For instance, in Pittsburgh, only 16% of Black students earn a college degree while 42% of White students earn a college degree. In response to higher education barriers, Justice Scholars Institute (JSI) was created for Black youth in Pittsburgh. JSI provides college-credit courses and various justice-oriented educational programming, including college preparatory workshops, out-of-school time justice-focused youth development opportunities, and training in justice-focused research. The proposed project uses critical theories and transformative approaches to (1) understand factors that impact Black students' college access opportunities; (2) examine the mechanisms that influence the success of students in JSI; (3) extend the research around designing justice-centered partnerships focused on post-secondary access for Black students; and (4) develop a justice-centered teacher leader collective to support college access opportunities for Black students. Findings from this study will provide greater insight into how educational leaders, universities, and community leaders can create liberatory conditions for Black youth to thrive as global citizens.


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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
CreatorsEmailPitt UsernameORCID
Osai, EsoheERO19@pitt.eduERO190000-0003-2321-0708
Maraj, LoiusLMM245@pitt.eduLMM245
Scott, KhirstenKLE37@pitt.eduKLE37
Evans-Williams, Jalynjye2@pitt.edujye2
Fotuhi, Omidomidf@pitt.edu0000-0002-5554-3438
Bañales, JosefinaJbanales23@pitt.edu0000-0003-0119-3847
Centers: Other Centers, Institutes, Offices, or Units > Office of Sponsored Research > Pitt Momentum Fund
University Centers > Learning Research and Development Center (LRDC)
Date: 2021
Event Title: Pitt Momentum Fund 2021
Event Type: Other
DOI or Unique Handle: 10.18117/dz52-5v70
Schools and Programs: Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > English
Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences > Psychology
School of Education > Administrative and Policy Studies
School of Social Work > Social Work
Refereed: No
Other ID: 4236
Date Deposited: 26 Mar 2021 19:11
Last Modified: 17 Feb 2023 19:47


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