TEDxUF Club Meeting: Partnering with Teach For America

In this week's TEDxUF club meeting on Jan. 16, we teamed up with Teach For America to provoke ideas on educational opportunity, student motivation and discrimination in schools. For those who would like to ponder further over the questions and videos, and for those who could not make it to the meeting, here is what we discussed:

Our first talk was Alice Goffman's “How we’re priming some kids for college – and others for prison,” where she discusses from firsthand observation how teenagers of African-American and Latino backgrounds are “funneled” down the path to prison.

Then, we went to discussion:

What role does opportunity and education play into these two paths?

How can we keep students motivated despite the obstacles?

Do you think equal opportunities exist?

In what ways does discrimination exist at UF?


For our next TED Talk, we watched Anindya Kundu’s “The boost students need to overcome obstacles,” which illuminates how students who face personal, social and institutional challenges can defy expectations.

For our discussion, we shared perspectives on the following:

Why is it so hard to ask for help?

What can individuals do to fix these problems?


We hope to see you at our next meeting on Jan. 30 at 6:30, where we will be collaborating with Vox Graphis! Stay connected with us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates and inspirational content throughout the day.

If you are interested in applying for Teach For America, the next deadline is on Jan. 26! If you are looking to contact someone to find out more about Teach for America, reach out to Brittany Fining at Brittany.fining@teachforamerica.org or Aaron Bos-Lun at aaron.bos-lun@teachforamerica.org.

A special thanks goes to our curator Mina Robinson for leading the discussion, as well as Teach For America for being a part of this event!

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