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PAR EntreMundos

A Pedagogy of the Américas


Edited By Jennifer Ayala, Julio Cammarota, Margarita I. Berta-Ávila, Melissa Rivera, Louie F. Rodríguez and María Elena Torre

PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas challenges the standard narratives of "achievement" to think about how Latinx students can experience an education that forges new possibilities of liberation and justice. Growing Latinx student populations have led to concerns about "assimilating" them into mainstream academic frameworks. This book offers an alternative, decolonizing approach that embraces complex Latinx identities and clears a path toward resisting systems of oppression. Educating Latinx students should involve more than just helping them achieve in school but rather having them recognize their agency to transform the larger structure of education to promote justice-oriented practices. The authors offer a framework for such transformation by honoring their theoretical lineages, proposing a set of guiding principles, and sharing stories about collective social action within and outside Latinx communities. PAR EntreMundos: A Pedagogy of the Américas is a practice of liberation and freedom.

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Chapter 6. Education in Our Barrios Project, #BarrioEdProj (Edwin Mayorga)



Education in our Barrios Project, #BarrioEdProj

Edwin Mayorga

#BarrioEdProj is a youth-centered, digital, critical participatory action research (D+CPAR) (Mayorga, 2017) project about, and working with, Latino core communities (Morales, in press). In the pilot version of the project, the primary goal was to map the circuitry of urbanism and its material and racio-cultural effects within the East Harlem neighborhood of New York City (El Barrio) and its schools. While gentrification has taken hold in popular discourse, it is but one aspect of what I have come to describe as racial neoliberal urbanism (RNU) (Mayorga, 2016) that emphasizes a market-logic and an exploitative use of cultural diversity to shape the city, its neighborhoods and institutions, including schools. It is at the intersection of RNU, El Barrio, and education reform that the Education in our Barrios project (#BarrioEdProj) came to be.

I work and think as an educator-scholar-activist (Suzuki & Mayorga, 2014) whose work is rooted in the scholarly, political and pedagogical commitments of PAR EntreMundos. PAR EntreMundos is situated in the wisdom of local communities, and combines critical inquiry and activism for the purposes of collective transformation (see Chapter 1 of this book). As such, PAR EntreMundos is committed to engaging communities in a process of what Gloria Anzaldúa described as conocimiento (Keating, 2000). Conocimiento←101 | 102→ is a theory of consciousness in motion, where the inner life of the mind and spirit is connected to the outer worlds of action...

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