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Dr. Krystal K. Beamon

Professor of Sociology
Department of Sociology and Anthropology

UT Arlington Faculty

Dr. Beamon received her Bachelors, Masters, and Ph.D. from Oklahoma State University.  She is an assistant professor of sociology, who joined UTA in the fall of 2008 after a three year tenure-track position at The University of Oklahoma. Her primary areas of scholarship are Race and Ethnicity, Sociology of Sport, and Inequality. She is a 2011-2012 Service-Learning Faculty fellow

Service Learning Class

SOCI 4365 Institutional Discrimination Education. This course examines the manner in which race, ethnicity and class affect quality of education in our public school system. We discuss the resegregation of schools, schools as reproducers of inequality, the rich/poor achievement and funding gap, as well as the dominant/minority achievement and funding gap. We explore policies and programs that aim to address these inequalities.

Academic Outcomes

  • Better understand the complex sociological concept of institutional discrimination
  • Understand the reasons behind the achievement gap
  • Become more civic minded individuals while exercising the sociological imagination to shed preconceived notions about underprivileged individuals

Service Learning Project

Many non-profit organizations are working to overcome the achievement gap by offering afterschool programs. These programs are working from the grassroots level to aid children who do not have access to the necessary resources to succeed. The community level College GoCenters, for example offer tutoring, mentoring, food, and a “safe third place” for at risk students in an effort to produce more college bound citizens in economically depressed neighborhoods. All students enrolled in this course must attend an orientation program concerning mentorship and tutoring at risk children. After completing the training, students complete up to 30 hours of volunteer service as tutors/mentors in underprivileged communities at various agencies. They must volunteer as math and reading tutors as well as mentors working one on one with elementary, middle, and high school students.

Community Agencies:

Stop Six Community GoCenter
AB Christian Learning Center
5005 Brentwood Stair Road Suite 200
(817) 457-3911 – (817) 457-0027 (FAX)

Jubilee Park & Community Center
P. O. Box 710759
Dallas, Texas 75371

H.O.P.E Tutoring