Lucy Griswold is a teacher-activist who works to create learning spaces that are democratic, equitable and emancipatory. As part of the inaugural cohort of Ethnic Studies teachers in the Austin Independent School District, Lucy developed curriculum for the course and authored the Ethnic Studies Primer, a resource designed to accessibly introduce frameworks such as Critical Race Theory to high school students. Her classroom served as an incubator for a number of award-winning student action-research projects. One such project currently in its pilot phase includes the establishment of campus committees that provide students with a platform to influence curricular and pedagogical choices on their campuses. As a teacher leader in her district, Lucy led teacher trainings on Culturally Relevant Pedagogy, worked as a steward for her teacher’s union and led a collaborative project that was the subject of a documentary short film on the topic of police-teen engagement and the school-to-prison pipeline.
Inspired by the work of Myles Horton and the Highlander Folk school, Lucy hopes to use her experiences in the RIDES Fellowship to advance the work of school districts and education organizations drawing on experiential and anti-racist pedagogical practices to transform their communities. She completed her masters in Curriculum and Instruction as an Urban Teaching Fellow at the University of Texas at Austin and is a current student in the School Leadership program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education.