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What is Structural Oppression

Cases on Academic Program Redesign for Greater Racial and Social Justice
The subjugation of a group at the individual, institutional, and societal or cultural level, and the dynamic interplay between their different manifestations.
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Integrating Service Learning With Systemic Change
Alison Badgett (Petey Greene Program, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-7998-8463-7.ch014
Abstract
This chapter examines the redesign of the Petey Greene Program (the PGP), which prepares undergraduate and graduate student volunteers at 30 higher education institutions to tutor people in prison. Through a redesign process, the PGP shifted from a service learning organization that only supplements existing prison education programs with volunteer tutors to one that also pursues systemic improvement in educational access for justice-impacted people and facilitates volunteer activism. The chapter explores how service learning programs may perpetuate unjust systems if they are not integrated into systemic change initiatives and offers a guide for using service learning programs as a platform for pursuing systemic change. The case study illustrates how higher education institutions can partner with external organizations to educate justice-oriented citizens who understand and address the structural root causes of injustice.
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