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Protest as Pedagogy
Bradford C. Grant
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In the fall of 2021, for over a month, students occupied the Student Services building in protest of several unfair and intolerable conditions at Howard University, one of the most prominent historically Black colleges and universities (HBCUs). I was proud that a number of architecture students were instrumental in this protest, so I further explored how resistance and protest can be part of my teaching and learning. A major demand of the protest was the university’s failure to repair poor, unsafe living and physical conditions of the dormitories, a very potent and personal housing and architectural issue for many of the students. Using this protest as pedagogy became a means for me to enhance teaching and learning in a profound way while encouraging and supporting architecture students in their quest for change.

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