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Teaching a RISE course in the area of experiential learning provided an opportunity for me to provide real-world experiences for my students that they would not typically receive from an instructor-given project. Students received a greater sense of what it means to be a professional in the field beyond the skills of video production. Students gained greater skills in communication, adaptation, and civic mindedness as they worked with various clients and within a community center.

Christian Rogers | CGT 34600 Digital Video & Audio Production

The course was distinctive because it had measures of primary historical research, community engagement in oral historical interviews with former neighborhood residents, and coursework examining how contemporary America was profoundly segregated through a complex range of federal and local housing policies that continue to shape the city. The class material is about all of our neighbors from the recent past, some of whom are still alive and can share their experiences, and about seeing our own city in fresh ways. All of these original Black suburbs continue to be thriving communities today, and all have become integrated and are not usually recognized as once being African American spaces. The research methods we might turn on these folks in the recent past can be used to look at all of our relatives and neighbors, so ideally the RISE course provided students a reflective experience that helps them re-think the vast sections of our everyday city that we tend to simply ignore.

Paul Mullins | Heritage & African American Suburbia