Teaching Race and Law in the Gen Z Classroom

16 Pages Posted: 1 Feb 2024

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Nadiyah J. Humber

University of Connecticut School of Law

Date Written: 2023


Effectively facilitating conversations about race requires fore­thought and foundation-building. Literature examining structural racism often triggers emotional responses, especially in our hyper­polarized political landscape. Inspiring trust in the classroom is an important first step in allowing students to substantively engage with one another about contentious issues. In this essay, I share my experience teaching my Race and the American Legal System course to primar­ily Gen Z students. The piece touches upon generational theory and the role this theory plays when teaching a race and law course to Gen Z students. I briefly explain Gen Z typology that is helpful for understanding student expecta­tions and classroom engagement. And I comment on how Gen Z typology influences my teaching. I provide anec­dotes to demonstrate the importance of building trust for the pur­poses of having hard, but much needed, conversations about race and the law.

Keywords: Race, Race and Law, Generation Z, Gen Z, Generational Theory, Classroom, Teaching, Pedagogy

Suggested Citation

Humber, Nadiyah, Teaching Race and Law in the Gen Z Classroom ( 2023). Roger Williams University Law Review, Vol. X, No. X, 2023, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=4687999

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