What you will learn:

Black America: An American Story is a conceptually driven course that introduces pariticipants to the exploration of the rich and diverse history of African Americans. The goal of this course is to broaden the knowledge and understanding of particpants interested in learning about history, citizenship, economics, social and political realities of African Americans in the quest for equity and equality. These strands should not be taught in isolation of American history, but woven together in an integrated study that helps particpants understand the world in which we live. This course will provide participants the opportunity to engage with the social, economic, and political activities of African Americans in a way that allows them to make deeper connections across the content. The historical Elective will be taught with relevance to contemporary and current issues in order to ensure a deeper understanding.

About the instructor:

Terrance Coffie is a 2017 graduate of New York University’s Silver School of Social-Work, where he earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees in the field of social-work, with a focus in criminal justice reform. As an advocate, activist and educator, Terrance has committed himself to creating social and political change within the criminal justice system. Terrance is employed as an Adjunct Professor at New York University’s Silver School of Social Work, where he teaches Forensic Justice in Problem Solving Courts. He is also the founder of Educate Don’t Incarcerate, a grassroots organization that raises awareness surrounding criminal and juvenile justice reform. He is also the president and founder of The Social Justice Network, an internet broadcast that highlights the voices, lives and experiences of those with justice involvement, where he hosts his weekly talk show It’s Coffee Time. During his tenure at NYU, Mr. Coffie interned at the prestigious McSilver Institute for Poverty Policy and Research. He was named the 2017 NASW-NYC Alex Rosen Student of The Year, the 2017 Excellence in Leadership Award Recipient. and NYU’s 2016 President’s Service Award Recipient & Excellence in Leadership Award Recipient for his development of the College Pathways Program, which assists young men of color in obtaining educational opportunities. In 2017 he made his debut as a contributing author in Race, Education and Reintegrating the Formerly Incarcerated Citizen (Lexington Books). Terrance has appeared on numerous venues such as: Yahoo News with Katie Couric and NY1 News - In Focus with Cheryl Wills discussing relevant topics in relations to criminal justice reform in America. He has been published in USA Today regarding Reentry and Voting Rights for the formerly incarcerated. Through his efforts he also gained the support of famed activist Michelle Alexander, author of the New York Times bestselling book, The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, he is currently in the process of producing the documentary Caged Roses, that focuses on the juvenile justice system in America. Terrance has gained national recognition for his commitment to criminal justice reform. After spending over 19 years of his life going through the revolving door of incarceration and recidivism, it was in 2009 when he entered a transitional reentry program that assists the formerly incarcerated with changing their lives, it was here that he not only broke the cycle of incarceration, but as he shares “found his purpose!” As a formerly incarcerated person, Terrance brings a very insightful, distinctive and unique perspective surrounding these issues, specifically in the area of reentry. Terrance believes that “those who are closer to the problem, are also those who are closest to the solution” in creating a more fair and equitable system of justice.
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