Hip hop in Thailand
This January, eight UNI hip hop performers traveled with Shuaib Meacham, an associate professor of literacy education, to the Sisaket and Surin Provinces in Thailand, where they performed in front of hundreds of Thai citizens, as well as 250 other artists from around the world, on six different occasions at various civic centers, temples and schools.
According to Meacham, “We discovered through both the China and Thailand trips is that hip hop performers are cultural ambassadors. The world is fascinated with hip hop culture and the US is rightfully perceived as the home of its authentic practice. As hip hop artists, the world wants them to share what they know and what they do. I learned since returning from Thailand that after one visit to a high school, the students seeing us, assumed that the group would perform at their school. When they did not perform, the organizers of the festival had to answer to the students about why there was no hip hop performance although we were at the school. The UNI students are in a position to literally perform hip hop workshops around the world.”
Meacham plans for the eight UNI students to be both educational and performance mentors to the Waterloo School district students who are a part of the Hip Hop Literacy program in the future.
Collaboration on civil rights
Ashly King (elementary education major) in collaboration with Linda McCartney and Marc Renning, UNI instructors in elementary education, produced a curriculum unit that focused on the role that Iowa played in the Civil Rights Movement. The unit began as a class assignment and came to the attention of Katy Swalwell, an associate professor at Iowa State University. Swalwell connected Ashly King with several people who could help with her research including civil rights activist Patti Miller who worked with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Swalwell also invited Ashly King to work with her on future research projects. "This curriculum collaboration brought a lot of joy and passion into my unit because it is a topic that connects the history of our nation and the way we desire to move forward within our communities. This topic is changing the way students think and feel resulting in a more informed civilian body," said King, a student in the 2+2 Elementary Education program, a joint initiative between UNI and Des Moines Area Community College.
Top marks for the Child Development Center
The UNI Child Development Center received five-year accreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) in September. NAEYC Accreditation uses research-based standards to recognize and drive quality-improvement in early learning environments. The Child Development Center (CDC) cares for children (infant through age five) and frequently hosts early childhood education students for field experiences. In addition, the CDC was recently assessed through the Iowa Quality Rating System (QRS) and received the highest rating, level 5.
Hip hop literacy abroad
Four Waterloo students went to China to perform at the annual Hangzhou Citizens Leisure Festival, as a part of the International Young People’s Concert Group, in October along with Shuaib Meacham, associate professor of literacy education. Meacham has been directing the Hip Hop Literacy Summer School project for 6 years. The students wrote and performed their own original songs. Because of the program’s involvement in the festival, the students have been invited to perform in other countries as well, including Thailand and Hungary. UNI students wanting to support and participate in the Hip Hop Literacy project can contact Meacham directly at Shuaib.Meacham@uni.edu.
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