Civic Engagement Through Asian American and Pacific Islander Studies: Cultivating Capacity for Social Justice Through Critical Service Learning

Jennifer A. Yee


This autoethnographic case study analyzes how “ASAM 230 – Civic Engagement Through Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) Studies,” an ethnic studies course created at a public, comprehensive university in partnership with a community-based organization, cultivates capacity for social justice through critical service learning. ASAM 230 purposefully manifests social justice principles, conscious equitable distribution of individual and structural power, and a focus on authentic, sustainable relationships, with conceptual, practical implications for social change agents and educators. 


community engagement, curriculum development, ethnic studies, partnership development, sustainability, anti-racist feminist, transformative pedagogy

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