2008-09 Catalog

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Program Description

Gateways: Popular Education & Political Economy

Last Updated: 02/02/2009

Fall, Winter and Spring quarters

Faculty: Tony Zaragoza American studies, political economy

Faculty Signature Required: Students must interview with the faculty and submit an application, available by April 14, 2008, from the Program Secretaries office, Sem 2 A2117. Applications received by the Academic Fair, May 14, 2008, will be given priority. For more information, contact Tony Zaragoza, (360) 867-6408 or zaragozt@evergreen.edu. For admission to the program for the WINTER quarter, interested students should obtain an application form in the program office in Sem 2 A2117 and leave the completed application in the faculty member's mailbox in Sem 2 A2117. Applications should be submitted by the Academic Fair, December 3, 2008. Students will be considered for entry on a space available basis. For admission to the program for the SPRING quarter, interested students should obtain an application form in the program office in Sem 2 A2117 and leave the completed application in the faculty member's mailbox in Sem 2 A2117. Applications should be submitted by the Academic Fair, March 4, 2009. Students will be considered for entry on a space available basis.

Major areas of study include juvenile justice, popular education, participatory research, political economy, social movements, teaching and learning in diverse environments, economic justice, multicultural history and polycultural studies.

Class Standing: Sophomores or above; transfer students welcome.

Accepts Winter Enrollment: This program will accept new students who have appropriate background. Contact faculty at the Academic Fair or by email.

Accepts Spring Enrollment: This program will accept new students who have appropriate background on the basis of an application and interview. Contact faculty at the Academic Fair or by email.

This program is part of the Gateways for Incarcerated Youth Program. Gateways takes as a fundamental principle that every person has talents given to them at birth; it is our job to encourage each other to search out and find our passions and gifts. Our work is guided by ideas of popular education. We recognize and value the knowledge and experience of each participant. The program works to strengthen notions of self and community through cultural awareness and empowerment. In connecting and building with people from other cultures and class backgrounds, each person becomes empowered to share their knowledge, creativity, values and goals. Popular education emphasizes that we are not the experts, and it values that people learn in different ways. We each know a part; it is in the process of sharing and discussing these pieces that we gain understanding of a problem's root and through which possible solutions can emerge. We all bring knowledge to share and build upon communally. Popular education is fun, interactive, and cooperative while seeking social and economic justice. This methodology is born of the philosophies of such thinkers as Miles Horton, Paulo Freire, Septima Clark, and Ella Baker, among others.

Gateways: Popular Education & Political Economy offers Evergreen students the opportunity to be peer learners with incarcerated young men in a maximum-security institution. Students will address issues of diversity, equality and critical thinking, along with other issues that are chosen by the young men who are incarcerated. At the same time, the Evergreen students will deepen their understanding of the theory and practice of popular education and political economy. Students in this program will have the opportunity to reflect on how they themselves learn as well as how others learn, as they gain experience in the facilitation of discussions and workshops. Students will work on designing, implementing and assessing the workshops. In the process of collectively shaping the Gateways seminar, students will also learn how to organize productive meetings and work through conflict. In addition, students will learn how to raise funds for college tuition for the youth.

Each week the Evergreen students will go out to one of two institutions for the cultural diversity and equality workshop and the college class book seminar. Through the workshops we will explore various aspects of culture for understanding ourselves and others as an important part of analyzing contemporary society and building egalitarian relationships. The seminar is like other Evergreen seminars: we read a common text and discuss it. Through the seminar we will explore ideas together while sharpening our listening skills and our ability to discuss ideas in a group. In preparation for the workshop, each week the Evergreen students will meet to organize the workshop’s activities. We will also take time each week to reflect on the previous workshop to assess how it worked and draw lessons for the next one. Throughout our work we will read, share and learn about various kinds of relative advantage ("privilege"), while also exploring cultural diversity and continually working to foster a space committed to equality.

In the fall quarter we will study some of the root causes of inequality to understand better the relationship between poor and working class people–especially poor and working class people of color–and the prison system. In the winter and spring quarters, we will continue to deepen our understanding of political economy and popular education. Building on our experiences, reflections and studies, each quarter students will take increasing responsibility for designing, implementing, and assessing the program, workshops and seminars. This program requires that all participants be ready to fully commit themselves to our common work and show a willingness to help build a community of learners.

Credits: 16 per quarter

Enrollment: 25

Books: www.tescbookstore.com

Special Expenses: $75 transportation fee per quarter.

Program is preparatory for careers and future studies in juvenile justice, education, political economy, community work and social work.

Planning Units: Society, Politics, Behavior and Change

Program Revisions

Date Revision
September 10th, 2008 The additional expenses have risen from $50 per quarter to $75 per quarter.
November 25th, 2008 Winter enrollment field utilized
February 2nd, 2009 Spring enrollment field utilized.