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Teaching Tuesdays: A Second Chance! Academics for Black Survival and Wellness (the Remix)

The P3 Collaboratory is pleased to continue “Teaching Tuesdays,” our summer weekly series centered around best practices for remote instruction and teaching effectiveness.

Update: The Academics for Black Survival and Wellness training was offered free-of-charge in June and August 2020. Access to the associated training materials is now (as of 03/2022) more limited and the training model has shifted to a fee-based structure. If you are interested in this training, please refer to their upcoming events calendar as well as the archived overview materials.

This fall brings with it a number of uncertainties, but one thing we know for sure is that the events of this summer (and of America’s long history of racialized violence) will be weighing heavily on student and faculty minds. In preparation for conversations happening in and out of the classroom, we again recommend the recently relaunched and reconfigured Academics for Black Survival and Wellness training (ABSW).

In its “remixed” format, ABSW trainings are distributed over a 21-day period. The basic themes and goals of the training – with one track for Black academics (“wellness”); and another for non-Black colleagues (“allyship”) – remain the same but include additional resources and support.

For Black participants, the August remix seeks to foster self-care, resilience, and community amongst Black academics. The August schedule contains both synchronous (Zoom) and asynchronous elements and, although registrants are asked to RSVP for the full training, individuals are free to choose which activities they would like to participate in.

For non-Black academics, the goals of the allyship training are as follows:

(1) To deepen participants’ understanding of the history and deep-rooted nature of anti-Black racism in the U.S.;

(2) For participants to understand their personal relationship to white supremacy and anti-Black racism.;

(3) To reflect on the personal impact you have on the Black people in your immediate environmental context;

(4) The training encourages participants to develop a personalized plan for enhancing the safety and wellness of Black students, staff, faculty, alums, and community members through your academic roles;

(5) And, finally, the training asks participants to take actions that include time, energy, financial resources, and/or accountability until Black liberation is realized.

Interested persons can register for the full training or single sessions:

Aug 1-3: Foundations of Black Survival and Wellness

Aug 4-6: Understanding Anti-Black Racism: History and Systems

Aug 7-9: Appropriately Applying Intersectionality

Aug 10-12: White Terror and Anti-Black Violence

Aug 13-15: Exploring Whiteness in the Academy

Aug 16-18: Practicing Black Allyship

Aug 19-21: Committing to Black Liberation


Visit the site to learn more about the content of the full training.

In addition to the ABSW training, as well as the guides and tools suggested in our initial post on this subject, here are a few other resources to explore:

· Kimberlé Crenshaw, “The Urgency of Intersectionality” (TEDtalk, 2016)

· Ibram X. Kendi, “The Difference Between ‘Not Racist’ and Anti-Racist” (TEDtalk, 2020)

· Race: The Power of an Illusion (California Newsreel, 2003)

· Explained, “Racial Wealth Gap” (Vox/Netflix, 2018)

· Sathy, V., Hogan, K., & Sims, C. “A Dozen-Plus Ways You Can Foster Educational Equity

Brought to you by the P3 Collaboratory for Pedagogy, Professional Development, and Publicly-Engaged Scholarship at Rutgers University-Newark