Understanding Student Anti-racism Activism to Foster Social Justice in Schools


  • Darren E. Lund University of Calgary
  • Maryam Nabavi University of British Columbia




youth, activism, anti-racism, multicultural education


The purpose of this study was to understand the experiences of students and teachers who form voluntary coalitions or school projects to address issues of racism and discrimination. The authors draw on several years of experience of facilitating student activism and findings from a recent collaborative research project. This research documents and analyzes experiences from a number of school settings across western Canada but has implications for student social justice activism everywhere. The study examines how students get involved with voluntary coalitions to undertake anti-racism initiatives to enhance the social acceptance of marginalized students and how they can overcome sources of resistance to promote inclusion.

Author Biographies

Darren E. Lund, University of Calgary

Darren Lund, PhD, is Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Calgary.

Maryam Nabavi, University of British Columbia

Maryam Nabavi is a doctoral student in the Department of Educational Studies at the University of British Columbia.




How to Cite

Lund, D. E., & Nabavi, M. (2008). Understanding Student Anti-racism Activism to Foster Social Justice in Schools. International Journal of Multicultural Education, 10(1). https://doi.org/10.18251/ijme.v10i1.22



Articles (Peer-reviewed)