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LZ Granderson

BA Candidate - The Architecture of Education

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LZ, who hails from Chicago, Illinois, is developing a concentration at Gallatin that brings together the disciplines of architecture, comparative education, psychology, and sociology to explore how space can function as an ideological tool. Benjamin Brooks’s “Deconstructing the Wall: A Critical Examination of Current Issues in Education” helped LZ navigate his classroom experience when he co-taught at the Bronx Academy of Letters through the Great World Texts Program. Through a “Literacy in Action” course, LZ volunteered to teach at Make the Road New York. For that teaching experience, he drew on what he learned from Laura Davis’s NYU Steinhardt course “Education as a Social Institution.”

In the summer of 2017, while studying away in Berlin and doing research with Sliwinski Architects, LZ explored how communities form and the social ramifications of infrastructure on learning. LZ has found a sense of community at Gallatin in student clubs, including the Gallatin Film Alliance, Cookies and Coloring, the Dancers Choreographers Alliance, and by acting as an Orientation Leader for new students. In the greater NYU community, he’s served as underclassmen representative for NYU’s Black Student Union and dance captain for NYU’s African Student Union’s dance team.

LZ Granderson