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Initiative for Social Justice Pedagogies (ISJP)

Welcome to ISJP. We invite you to participate in our spring programming. We are offering a variety of opportunities for the university community to join us in discussion, self-reflection, and coalition building.

🗒 Register for ISJP Events Now!

All spring programming will take place from 12:00 - 12:50 p.m. (bringing lunch is encouraged) in the Mary Lou Kent Room on the 6th floor of Malpass Library and via Zoom.

ISJP Critical Friends

Are you looking to create community with others on the WIU campus? Do you want to hear how others are working to support students and the ever-changing university? Each month we will focus on topics for discussion, inviting participants to share their experiences and navigate our spaces together. Please join us once a month for coalition building and support wherever you have the opportunity.

  • No dates scheduled for Spring 2023 

ISJP Consultations

Do you have questions about classroom issues, ideas for pedagogical approaches, or want feedback on classroom planning?  Each session will start with a focus on a specific topic, but we are happy to address other concerns and questions of participants.

  • No dates scheduled for Spring 2023

ISJP Spring 2023 Book Study 

We invite anyone from the university community interested in participating in our book study to join us as we talk about making connections with people who look at the world differently.

This is a 4-week discussion and participants are encouraged to attend whenever possible.

  • Wednesdays, February 15th and 22nd & March 1st and 8th. 


Sandy Baum and Michael McPherson's Can College Level the Playing Field? Higher Education in an Unequal Society. (Princeton, 2022). 

We often think that a college degree will open doors to opportunity regardless of one’s background or upbringing. Sandy Baum and Michael McPherson document the starkly different educational and social environments in which children of radicalized identities and economic backgrounds grow up and explain why social equity requires sustained efforts to provide the broadest possible access to high-quality early childhood and K–12 education. They dismiss panaceas like eliminating college tuition and replacing the classroom experience with online education, revealing why they fail to provide better education for those who need it most, and discuss how wages in our dysfunctional labor market are sharply skewed toward the highly educated. Baum and McPherson argue that greater investment in the postsecondary institutions that educate most low-income and marginalized students will have a bigger impact than just getting more students from these backgrounds into the most prestigious colleges and universities.


📨 ISJP Presenter Contact Information

Rebeckah Buchanan
Rebeckah Buchanan,
Professor and Director of English Education

Office: Simpkins 226
Phone: (309) 306-1883

Jim LaPrad
Jim LaPrad, Ph.D.,
Professor of Social Foundations of Education

Office: Horrabin Hall 115M
Phone: (309) 298-1436