Love as Praxis: Discussing the Washington State Guided Pathways Initiative in Diversity, Equity, Antiracism, and Leadership (IDEAL) Fellows Program
- January 13, 2022 | 12:00 MT
Paulo Freire defines praxis as a recursive, emancipatory three-fold cord. Theory + Action + Reflection = Praxis. The Washington State Guided Pathways IDEAL Fellowship is designed to realize (radical) love as praxis by empowering, encouraging, and equipping students to advance equity in Washington community colleges. Please join us and IDEAL’s programs’ co-developer and lead teacher, Dr. Jeremiah J. Sims discusses how this program created and curated safe spaces for community college students to radically reimagine the institutionalized policies, practices, procedures, and pedagogies on their respective campuses!
Dr. Jeremiah J. Sims, inaugural Director of Equity for the College of San Mateo, was born in Oakland and raised in Richmond, California. Because of his own life experiences, Jeremiah has devoted his career to the realization of educational equity for hyper marginalized students. Jeremiah is an alumnus of the University of California, Berkeley where he earned a B.A. in rhetoric, with honors, as well as an M.A. and Ph.D. in education. Jeremiah’s work, chronicled in his first book, Revolutionary STEM Education: Critical-Reality Pedagogy and Social Justice in STEM for Black Males (Peter Lang, 2018), details his experiences as an educator working toward a revolutionary, paradigm shift in the STEM education of and for Black boys. His second book, Minding the obligation gap in community colleges…(2020), illuminates the role that community college practitioners must play in order to deconstruct the institutionalized inequities found in higher education. In two forthcoming books, The white educators guide to social justice in community colleges (Wallace, Sims, and Hotep, Forthcoming) and Towards liberation: Antiracism and the redesign of college redesign (Sims, Forthcoming), Sims works to demystify the pernicious relationship between racialized capitalism and white supremacy and the role that this unholy union plays in pathologizing poor, hyper marginalized BIPOC students, while arguing for committed educators to work towards an antiracist growth mindset. Sims is also the editor of a Peter Lang book series, Educational Equity in Community Colleges.