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Adult Education as a Tool for Justice
January 12 @ 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Wendy Yanow, Ed.D. Trustee at Oakton Community College, will speak on the topic Adult Education as a Tool for Social Justice. Adult education for social justice is a lifelong journey that began for Dr. Yanow in her first professional job as a secretary in a law firm shortly after graduating from college with a degree in music. She would come to understand that the college education along with being white, allowed her to move rather seamlessly in a complex professional world all the while receiving essential tutoring from women who had no higher education, but all the experience and knowledge to do the job and to mentor her. Dr. Yanow entered a graduate program to learn how to support women like these – so that they could pursue their professional goals and challenge the systems of inequity in which they found themselves.
Wendy Yanow is an adult educator. She earned a doctorate in Adult Education where she focused her studies on education for social justice. Dr. Yanow works with adult university students, trains faculty educators and served as a popular education teacher with bi-lingual adult students pursuing a high school diploma. Working in an interfaith community, she has co-developed and facilitated community workshops on equity, racism and white privilege. At DePaul University, Dr. Yanow teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses including Understanding Difference, a liberal learning seminar which engages adults in dialogue to foster a critical understanding of themselves and others. She is an Associate with Adult Learning Unleashed, a group of educators leveraging justice and equity through learning.