Inequality Studies, a Way to ‘Better Understand Policies to Drive Social Change’

Undergraduate Drew Greene said that his interest in the minor began with a first-year seminar of Hollowell’s, “Education as Liberation.” He called the seminar “transformative,” adding, “it challenged my preconceived notions about society.”

Greene said his high school experience in Richmond, Va., piqued his interest in studying education, but conversations at Duke about topics such as the school-to-prison pipeline led him to focus more on equity in education.  

“I attended a relatively wealthy public high school in my county. The challenges my school faced seemed minor compared to the disparities seen at other schools just 20 minutes down the road,” he said.  “My understanding of society is limited by my own experiences. The inequality studies classes have presented a space to learn about the many topics I was unfamiliar with.”