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.

Engaged Scholarship Opportunities

Within the issue area of Education and Access, there are several ways that you can get involved both on and off campus. The Learning 4 Life program is a wonderful opportunity for you to pair with staff members & professors to develop a specific skill or explore a personal interest. If you’re looking for tutoring opportunities, there are several that are easily accessible. The Dare 2 Soar program, Swarthmore’s oldest tutoring program, is for students interested in helping K-12 first-generation students achieve academic and personal growth. Let’s Get Ready, the SAT tutoring program, seeks tutors from Swarthmore and other colleges to tutor high school students from local high schools around the area. If you’re more interested in education policy, consider joining the Critical Education Policies Studies group composed of Swarthmore faculty and undergraduates. In this group you’ll have an opportunity to publish work in their Journal of Critical Education Policy Studies, a wonderful example of engaged scholarship, connecting your classroom learning and life experiences to consequential policies of the day.


Lang Center Associates

Ariza Nanji '24

Sign up for an appointment with them on the LCA appointment calendar.

Key Faculty & Staff

  • Edwin Mayorga, Associate Professor of Educational Studies and Latin American & Latino Studies
  • Lisa Smulyan ’76, Henry C. and Charlotte Turner Professor of Educational Studies
  • Jennifer Bradley, Visiting Assistant Professor of Educational Studies
  • Kevin Webb, Associate Professor of Computer Science
  • Catherine Crouch, Professor of Physics
  • Ben Geller, Assistant Professor of Physics & Coordinator of NSE Educational Support Initiatives
  • Amy Kapit, Visiting Associate Professor of Peace & Conflict Studies 


  • Educational Materials Center 

Student Groups


Relevant Courses

​Tri Co

Bryn Mawr

  • EDUC B266: Schools in American Cities
  • EDUC B295: Advocating Diversity in Higher Education


  • EDUC H311: Theories of Change in Educational Institutions



On-Campus Opportunities


Off-Campus Opportunities



Student Engagements Summer 2021