Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs
Taubman Center

Dana Mitra – Youth Participation and Activism in Educational Change

Thursday, October 11, 2018

2:30 p.m. – 4 p.m.

McKinney Conference Room

This talk compares the broad mission for youth participation that exists in most nations with the restrictive view of young people that is the de facto policy in the United States. It then examines the possibilities for student voice and youth activism that do exist in the United States, from working inside the system through reform efforts to challenging the system itself through activism. Conditions that can enable and sustain such strategies are explored and possibilities for future youth involvement in change will be explored.

Dana L. Mitra is Professor of Education Policy Studies at the Pennsylvania State University. She is founding editor of the International Journal of Student Voice and Co-Editor of The American Journal of Education. Dana also works with professionals as a leadership and personal coach and with academics as a writing coach.
Dana has published over 30 papers and two books on the topics of student voice and civic engagement. She has a book entitled, Civic Education in the Elementary Grades: Promoting Engagement in an Era of Accountability from Teacher’s College Press.  She also recently published a textbook in 2018—Educational Change and the Political Process with Routledge Press.
Dana holds a Ph.D. from Stanford University in Educational Administration and Policy Analysis. At Brown, she double concentrated in Educational Studies and Public Policy and graduated with honors and magna cum laude.