A new approach to a UT-Austin course is helping students learn about the history of American education by studying the intersection of race and education in Austin. 

Luis Urrieta, a professor of cultural studies in education, has taught the course “Sociocultural Influences on Learning” since the fall semester of 2006. After recent restructuring to the class, the course now allows students to interact with local communities and schools in addition to reading textbooks and having discussions. This spring, Urrieta’s students engaged with Austin elementary school students.

As part of the course, Urrieta takes his classes on a “caminata” — a walk through the East Austin community and Austin ISD’s Zavala Elementary. 

“One of my colleagues first introduced me to ‘the walk’ nine years ago, and

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