Lang Center
for Civic & Social Responsibility

Education & Access

The promotion of a just and civically responsible society depends highly on our ability to provide people with equal access to an education system that helps them think critically about themselves and their communities. That means education is—at its core—an intersectional field that cannot be conceived apart from issues of race, class, and nation. The Education & Access pathway at the Lang Center is concerned precisely with the ways in which the academic discourse on education overlaps with local and national movements for expanding access to higher education, promoting equity in school funding, providing equal opportunities for undocumented immigrants, etc.


Key Faculty & Staff

Edwin Mayorga, Assistant Professor of Educational Studies
Roseann Liu, Visiting Assistant Professor of Educational Studies
Lisa Smulyan ’76, Henry C. and Charlotte Turner Professor of Educational Studies
Jennifer Bradley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Educational Studies

Student Groups

Dare to Soar | Contact: Josh Medel '18
Learning 4 Life | Contact: Mickey Li ’18
College Access Center of Delaware County (CACDC) | Contact: Abigail Gomez ’18
Chester Youth Courts | Contact: Lauren Savo '20


Relevant Courses

  • EDUC 068 - Urban Education
  • EDUC 053 - Language Minority Education
  • EDUC 065 - Educational Research for Social Change
  • EDUC 131 - Social and Cultural Perspectives on Education
  • EDUC 048 - Ethnic Studies and Education
  • EDUC 043 - Teacher Narratives, Policy and Power
  • EDUC 070 - Community Outreach Peracticum

Check out the Journal of Swarthmore Critical Education Policy Studies.

Join an ITAG (Inquiry to Action Group) at the Teacher Action Group of Philadelphia.

Check out the Caucus of Working Educators.

Attend an event organized by the Philadelphia Education Fund.

Subscribe to the weekly newsletter of the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND)



  • Chester Community Fellowship
  • Davis Projects for Peace
  • Lang Opportunity Scholarship (apply Sophomore year) 
  • Project Pericles Grant
  • Summer Experience Funding (faculty-led engaged scholarship, internships, or projects)


Education & Access Lang Center Associates

Tarzan MacMood '20

Lang Center Associate for Science & Society

Ava Shafiei '19

Lang Center Associate for Education & Access + Ethics & Human Rights