Under Resourced

Analyzing the roles of race, culture, poverty, community, and identity in the learning and teaching processes that perpetuate educational disparities.


A high-quality education is associated with nearly every positive life outcome: better health, higher incomes, and deeper community engagement. When people miss out on rich learning experiences throughout their lives, the consequences to both the individual and society are grave.

Children without good preschool educations are 50 percent more likely to be designated for special education services later in life. High-school dropouts are twice as likely to live in poverty than college grads. Further, incarceration rates for young people without a diploma are 63 times higher than those with a college degree.

Research projects in this initiative are rethinking the boundaries of where and when people learn. A new era in education and learning is on the horizon.

Community Centers

Community Centers have been trying to maintain engagement during the COVID-19 crisis through online community building. They have seen benefits for those who otherwise have trouble with access to live events. Yet they have also experienced drawbacks such as “Zoom fatigue,” intermittent WiFi, privacy issues, and difficulties creating meaningful connection in online spaces.

Project leads

Bio photo of Shelley Goldman
Shelley Goldman

Graduate School of Education

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Keith Bowen

Graduate School of Education