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Professor Mark D. Wodziak is a sociologist whose teaching and research focuses on urban sociology, race and ethnicity, immigration, education, and media. He has been teaching at DePaul for 11 years. He holds his graduate degrees in Sociology and Education from DePaul University. Most of his teaching takes place within the Liberal Studies Program, and, as a result, his courses are often pipelines through which students become sociology majors and minors. His past research has examined how Polish and Indian ethnic enclaves have changed over time due to processes of assimilation and segregation. Another past project examined white people involved in the hip hop culture of Chicago. Specifically, the project examined white privilege, white reflexivity, white exceptionalism, and the possibilities of developing anti-racist politics through interracial coalitions. His current research focuses on best practices of multicultural pedagogy across a gamut of urban high schools with differing racial populations in Chicago. As a result, his ongoing research has informed the way he works to most effectively reach the diverse student population at DePaul. Mark is also certified as a secondary education teacher in the fields of history, sociology, and psychology. He is currently pursuing a K-21 special education endorsement, as well as designing a new course for the sociological curriculum on the global economic, cultural, and racial dynamics of hip hop culture.