Muhammad Ali Center Curriculum Grant

The Muhammad Ali Institute is managing a transdisciplinary team creating a Muhammad Ali-centered curriculum to inspire racial and social justice action by participants.  The new curriculum contains lessons for each of Muhammad Ali’s core principles focused on critical consciousness pedagogy, an evidence-based approach to learning designed to help students of color and all students understand systems of oppression and their own roles as agents of change. Each core principle module culminates with participants creating an individual social change project using the Institute’s proprietary “Service for Social Change Toolkit.”

This work is supported by grant funding from the Muhammad Ali Center which was awarded to Professor Enid Trucios-Haynes, (Law), Co-PI & MAI Director, and Dr. Shelley Thomas, Co-PI (CEHD). The transdisciplinary research team of internal and external faculty, UofL staff, a UofL student, and a JCPS high school teacher. In addition to the Co-PIs, the team includes: Dr. Brandon McCormack (A&S, PAS); Dr. Ahmad Washington (CEHD); Dr. Cate Fosl (A&S, WGS); Dr. Lara Kelland, E. Desmond Lee Endowed Professor in Museum Studies and Community History at the University of Missouri St. Louis; Dr. Robert Fitzgerald, College of Education, Illinois State University; Kaleb Clemmons, UofL CEHD alum and former student teacher; Erin Biery, Iroquois High School; and Ashleigh Hazley, Assistant Director of MAI. This research project is affiliated with the Cooperative Consortium of Transdisciplinary Social Justice Research.