Adult Education in Racialized Spaces: How White Supremacy and White Privilege Hinder Social Justice in Adult Education


  • Jeremy Bohonos University of Illinois
  • Myron C Duff Jr Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis


Adult education practice is informed by the geographic spaces in which learning centers are located and in which outreach activities take place. Throughout American history practices such as redlining, lynching, zoning, and police brutality have been used to enforce racial segregation (Loewen, 2005; Rothstein, 2018). Thus, segregated spaces are products of white supremacy which complicate the work of adult education. The purpose of this paper is to explore how white supremacies shaping of spaces in the Midwest effects adult educators working for social justice.

Author Biography

Myron C Duff Jr, Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis

Myron C. Duff, Jr. is currently the Director of Workforce Readiness and Program Development, an initiative of the Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis (IUPUI) Office of Community Engagement. Myron is also the Convener for the Great Places 2020 initiative on the Near West side of Indianapolis where he is responsible for supporting and facilitating resident driven community and economic development efforts. He is passionate about adult learners, community engagement, social justice, African American males, and addressing oppressive systems. He holds a bachelor's degree in sociology from Ball State University, a master's degree in higher education administration from Miami University (Oxford, OH), and is currently a doctoral candidate in the IUPUI Urban Education Studies program with a minor in Adult Education. After completing his PhD, he plans to pursue faculty opportunities where he can continue his work as a community-engaged scholar. His research employs the use of critical scholarship to examine the issues and concerns of university/community partnerships in vulnerable community settings.