Becoming an Antiracist Educator Series
About the Series
The Office of Strategic Engagement launched the Becoming an Antiracist Educator series in Fall of 2020. This dynamic professional learning opportunity is designed to intentionally develop skills to engage in practices to dismantle systems that perpetuate racial inequities.
Participants in this interactive and reflective virtual space will deepen their understanding of race, racism, and systemic inequities. All 2022-2023 series include 9 sessions, as well as a personal/professional antiracist assessment and microcredential after completion.
Collectively, we will challenge the underlying structures that uphold racism and will develop dispositions to demonstrate antiracist actions within personal and professional environments.
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Join us for the next step in critical reflection, self-evaluation to deepen our understanding of race, racism, and systemic racial inequities through this transformational virtual learning process. This 9-part series includes a personal/professional antiracist assessment, and micro-credential after completion. The Deadline to register is Friday, September 30th.
All sessions are held from 4:30-6:15 on Zoom.
VCU Faculty/Staff: $250
VCU Student: $25
VCU School of Education Faculty/Staff/Student: Free
All sessions were held on Tuesdays via Zoom from 4:30pm - 6:15pm
|10/06/22||Anti-Racism in Practice||Dr. Andrew Daire|
|11/08/22||Addressing Racial Equity Approaches in Education with Anti-Racism||Dr. Yewande Austin|
|12/06/22||Critical Interrogation of Privilege and Whiteness||Dr. Dwayne Ray Cormier|
|01/10/23||Advancing Your Understanding of Your Own Implicit Biases||Dr. Faith Wilkerson and Ms. Javona Braxton|
|02/07/23||Unpacking Systemic Racism and the Legacy of Education||Dr. Tomika Ferguson|
|03/07/23||Understanding Disproportionality in School Culture||Mr. Rodney Robinson|
|03/28/23||Applying Anti-racist Practices in the Classroom||Dr. Luciana de Oliveira, Joy Beatty|
|04/11/23||Challenging Racist Mechanisms through Advocacy and Action||Dr. Kim Bridges|
|05/02/23||Cultivating Practices for Co-Conspirators and Addressing Whiteness||Dr. Andrew Daire|
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Session Descriptions and Learning Outcomes
This session will explore and unpack how to put anti-racism thoughts into practice in the education spaces. Participants will deepen their commitment to confronting racism and moving from talk to action.
- Understand the skills of interrupting racism.
- Develop networks of support and accountability
- Apply to practice how to sustain anti-racism work.
This session includes a review of the definition and understanding of race equity. Participants will reflect on how racial equity includes the concept of justice for communities that have suffered oppression through enslavement (African Americans), genocide (Native Americans), colonization (Puerto Rico and Hawaii), and theft of territory (Mexican Americans).
- Analyze how equity seeks reparation for those who are denied the same opportunities as whites due to a long history of legislated and institutionalized racism.
- Understand the intersections between racism and other forms of systemic oppression.
This session examines how implicit bias can turn even our best intentions into unwanted outcomes. This includes a targeted approach to address the negative effects of implicit bias and strategies to mitigate these systemic issues.
- Understand how our biases reflect how we internalize messages about our society rather than our intent.
- Unlearn how one can form bias toward groups of people based on what we see in the media, our background, and experiences.
- Reflect how we internalize messages about our society rather than our intent.
This session will unpack how the legacy of colonialism and slavery contributed the inequalities existing in education. We will examine the ongoing realities of racism today, specifically how racism manifests in school culture.
- Identify tools for dismantling institutional racism.
- Understand how racism and other forms of systemic oppression are still in existing in the education landscape today.
This session will examine how confronting white privilege is an essential step to addressing individual and systemic racial inequities in society. Participants will discuss how white privilege exists due to historical racism, enduring racism and pervasive institutional biases, which have significant impact within today's educational systems and society.
- Analyze privilege and its proximity to whiteness.
- Understand how privilege can be problematic, but can be used in advocacy efforts.
This session will take a deep dive into disproportionality in school discipline policies and practices. Disproportionality starts in the classrooms and cumulatively leads to visibly disproportionate patterns in schools, districts, states, and the nation as a whole. Participants will review research related to targeted school discipline practices and policies and make recommendations based on an anti-racist lens.
- Understand disproportionality relating to school discipline practices and how they affect BIPOC students.
- Analyze research data of school discipline policies and practices and make recommendations.
This session will address how culturally sustaining curriculum frameworks can change the narrative of whiteness and Eurocentrism at the center of learning. Participants will explore curriculum that addresses social issues, including racism, linguistic racism, sexism, and economic injustice.
- Exemplify culturally sustaining anti-racist classrooom practices and perspectives.
- Recommend new ways to develop curriculum rooted in anti-racist ideas.
This session will address how educational programs, such as special education and gifted & talented, can function as racist mechanisms that segregate and oppress BIPOC students thereby impacting their social and academic outcomes. Participants will be engaged in discussions around how to identify and challenge these mechanisms through advocacy and action in their classroom and community.
- Identify educational programs that function as racist mechanisms.
- Develop a plan of action for classroom and community to disrupt these mechanisms.
The final session in the series will have participants critically think and understand about specific behaviors and actions of co-conspirators. Participants will be challenged to create action steps to address the disruption of centering whiteness and how to advocate with anti-racist actions for BIPOC as co-conspirators.
- Identify how to address whiteness and proximity to whiteness as a co-conspirator.
- Reflect on the rolls of co-conspirators as contributing to the deconstruction of systematic oppression.