Helping college students understand racial justice through art
This fall, 18 freshmen at the University of Wisconsin-Madison enrolled together in a trio of courses surrounding one topic: ‘Citizenship, Democracy and Difference.’ The courses are bundled in what’s known as a First-year Interest Group (FIG).
These first-semester students, together, take a Political Science course focused on citizenship and democracy, a History course on racial justice in America and a Human Ecology course on leadership and civic engagement for social change. As a tight-knit group, the students explore the alarming racial disparities in Madison and across America, with a focus on civic engagement to bring about change.
The students also all read Bryan Stevenson’s Just Mercy — the common read across the UW-Madison campus this year that has sparked important discussions on race and equity.
On an early November afternoon, Political Science professor Kathy Cramer brought the students to the Memorial Union’s Wheelhouse Studios to explore racial justice through art.