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UW-Madison graduate students explain efforts to ‘research, study and work as radical black scholars’

January 08, 2018

​Four graduate students from UW-Madison, including the School of Education’s Michael Davis, were recently featured by The Capital Times as part of the newspaper’s annual “Bright Ideas” dispatch.

For the fifth year, Cap Times reporters asked several Madisonians to share their "bright ideas" for the new year. 

UW-Madison graduate students Bakari Wallace, Ife Williams, Ethen Pollard and Davis co-authored a short report headlined, “Research, study and work as radical black scholars.” Davis is a Ph.D. student with the Department of Educational Policy Studies.

The four graduate students write: "It’s difficult to navigate what it means to be a radical black scholar that is dedicated to community while meeting whatever requirements the academy sets. Black communities are often exploited when it comes to research, without anything being reciprocated. So we wanted to work alongside and with communities, on their terms, to think about how to address issues here in Madison and issues affecting black communities broadly.”

They continue: “We are partnering with the nonprofit community group Freedom Inc. and its youth corps on a No Cops In Schools campaign to end the practice of hiring police officers to patrol inside Madison public schools.”

But, they add, “this work requires paradigm shattering.”

To learn more, make sure and read their entire “bright idea” on this web page.

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