j  leggett
advocate for social change



I am most interested in how disempowered social groups use rights talk as a way to mobilize against injustice. As a professor at an urban community college I am able to learn with a diverse population that represent some of those most common forms of discrimination in everyday life. These dialogues help us deconstruct systemic inequity and reconstruct new knowledge about possible alternatives together. As an educator I have the role-power to design specific interactions in and out of the classroom envirionment. I call these intentional designs structured learning opportunities.

I have engaged in this work for over 20 years. This journey has not been what most would describe as traditional or linear. I was the first in my immediate family to attend college and came from a modest working class family. For much of my post-high school education I was a part-time student, working full-time, and took several breaks. At each turn in the journey I found experienced new ways of integrating my social justice interests with a variety of educational theories and methods.


This website serves to document some of this work and provide connections to new strains of inquiry.

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