Degree Name

MA in Sustainable Development

First Advisor

Kenneth Williams


My capstone will focus on how self-mobilization among Blacks and Indians can affect change in the United States and India to build a stronger sense of community and improve their rights to education. This paper outlines multiple approaches to fighting against oppressors, combating ethnic to ethnic conflicts and obtaining educational rights. Many cultures have difficulty teaching and learning from one another and it inhibits them from fighting for their rights as citizens. Indians in India and Black Americans have similar background stories in reference to slavery and the caste system but live in two different realities. Identity also plays an enormous role in how cultures connect and shape their behavior and interactions in society. How can one fight against a system that they are born into? The solution is complex and still has no direct answer in today’s society but there is hope through organizing and mobilizing to break down that system. Once, there is an elimination of ethnic to ethnic conflicts, people can begin to organize and mobilize to fight against the system such as the government to obtain their rights to education.

The purpose of this thesis is to address the question: How does self-mobilization prepare Blacks in the United States and Indians in India to fight for their rights to education? I identified two sub questions that are related to the research question and will be discussed throughout the paper as well. (1) How is self-mobilization an effective approach to changing the educational landscape for future generations in India and United States? (2) What steps will it take to organize and mobilize Blacks in the United States and Indians in India to create change and eliminate oppression by our government sectors?


Civic and Community Engagement | Educational Sociology | Inequality and Stratification | Race and Ethnicity