Hip-Hop Pedagogy: Where Cultural Relevance Meets Social Justice Perspectives

Wednesday, October 5, 2022
2:20 PM - 3:10 PM


Center for Teaching Excellence
Thomas Cooper Library, Room L511


The session is being delivered in a face-to-face format. There is not a virtual option available to attend this presentation. You'll need to come to the offices of the Center for Teaching Excellence to attend. 


This presentation will cover an ethnographic study of a hip hop-based music education program for students within elementary school classrooms. Drawing on two years of fieldwork in two urban schools, this case study describes how hip-hop song composition encouraged participants to make essential and critical reflections about media’s place in their personal lives, peer groups, families and communities. The findings of this study suggest that the social and cultural capital of making hip hop music can contribute to bolstering academic learning for Black youth. Implications from this study also suggest informal interests and social identities rooted in inclusive practices like hip hop music can connect youth to high-capacity technological skills, civic-mindedness and critical media literacy that can transcend the classroom experience.


This workshop is an elective session for a certificate of completion in Teaching Towards Inclusive Excellence.


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Jabari Miles Evans
Assistant Professor of Race and Media
School of Journalism and Mass Communications
College of Information and Communications

Jabari Evans' research focuses on the subcultures that urban youth and young adults of color develop and inhabit to understand their social environments, identity development and pursue their professional aspirations. He generally explores strategies these youth use for self-expression on social media platforms as well as other digital media tools and technologies. His dissertation research, which centered on a Hip-Hop Based Education program in Chicago Public Schools, has been recognized for awards by the International Communication Association and has been covered by the Chicago Reader, Chicago Tribune, Rolling Out Magazine, Ebony Magazine and Chicago Crain’s Business.