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Youth, Media and Educational Justice: Building Community Through Collaborative Inquiry – Justice Teaching Roundtable Series

November 18, 2014 @ 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm


Youth, Media and Educational Justice: Building Community Through Collaborative Inquiry – Justice Teaching Roundtable Series

Tuesday November 18th, 2014 – 3–5pm
Teachers College, Russell Hall Rm 305

Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz, Associate Professor of English Education Teachers College
Lalitha Vasudevan, Associate Professor of Technology and Education, Teachers College

Youth, Media, and Educational Justice


For the past three years (2011-2014), members of the Youth, Media, and Educational
Justice (YMEJ) project have been engaged in the exploration of education and
wellbeing in the lives of youth who are involved with the juvenile justice and foster
care systems (herein, court-involved youth) in New York City. Ours is a partnership
between Teachers College, the New York County/Manhattan Family Court, and several
community partners (foster care agencies, community-based alternative to detention
programs). We are motivated by a desire to better understand and support the
transition of these court-involved youth from adolescence into adulthood by engaging
creative research methodologies and pedagogies that will yield sustainable outcomes.
As part of this work, we teach a yearlong, graduate seminar at Teachers College using
a team teaching approach that includes faculty, a community partner, and doctoral
students (listed below). Graduate students who are enrolled in this seminar are
partnered with court-involved youth in a mentoring relationship while they also
closely study research, policy, and media texts about a variety of related topics. We also
engage in the production of multimodal and media artifacts throughout the seminar
as a response to course-related issues including care, wellbeing, home, justice, and the
educational lives of court-involved youth, wherein media making anchors students’
inquiry experience. And throughout the seminar, graduate students, youth, and the
teaching team are actively engaged in a variety of practices under the auspices of our
commitment to public pedagogy. We blog, share media artifacts, hold film screenings,
convene gatherings such as our Spring 2014 Symposium on Educational Justice, and
share the work of the yearlong seminar in a culminating, open exhibition of digital
publications about educational justice and court-involved youth. Our belief is that the
learning cultivated within the seminar serves an educative purpose and we strive to
engage multiliterate, multimodal, and multimedia ways to share our explorations and
inquiries more widely with a broad, public audience.

Project Team


Yolanda Sealey-Ruiz (Teachers College)
Lalitha Vasudevan (Teachers College)
Community Partner
Melissa Wade (NY Co/Manhattan Family Court)

Research and Teaching Assistants
Tara Conley (Teachers College)
Lauren Gunn (Teachers College)
Joe Riina-Ferrie (Teachers College)

Kristine Rodriguez Kerr (Teachers College)



November 18, 2014
3:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Event Category:


Center for Justice at Columbia University


Teachers College – Russell Hall Rm 305
525 W 120th St
New York, NY 10027 United States
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