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Teaching Tuesdays: Racism in the Academy and Anti-Racist Pedagogy

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.

Given the urgent relevance of racism to our world and our teaching, we want to share with you a collection of resources that may be useful as you prepare to respond to your students and shift your curriculum. Recognizing that the classroom is not a vacuum and that university life is experienced differently across varying racial and ethnic identities, we urge all faculty to consider how racism impacts your pedagogy, mentorship practices, and scholarly relationships. In particular, we recommend engagement with the recently launched online training, Academics for Black Survival and Wellness.

Academics for Black Survival and Wellness (ABSW) was organized by a group of Black counseling psychologists, and guided by a Black feminist frame, ABSW’s goal is to enhance healing and wellness for Black people and foster accountability and growth for non-Black people. ABSW’s initial programming began on Juneteenth (Friday, June 19th, 2020) and operated in a hybrid (synchronous/asynchronous) format until June 25, 2020. Most of the training contents – including conversations and lectures initially presented live—remain publicly available on the ABSW website. In the coming weeks, organizers have announced that access may become limited to registered users. (For now, registration is free.)

Significantly, the ABSW training offers two unique tracks for BIPOC scholars and white/non-black academics. The BIPOC track focuses on resistance and self-care, while the non-black training explores the role of race in academia, self-reflection on whiteness and anti-black racism, and how to appropriately apply intersectionality.

The ABSW training is just one option amongst many for faculty, graduate students, and other members of the RU-N community wanting to deepen their understanding of racism in the academy and learn more about anti-racist pedagogical approaches. Below is a curated selection of the many trainings, guides, and tools currently available.

Classroom Resources

Methods and Challenges

Pedagogy and Whiteness

Antiracism and Allyship in the Academy

Next week’s “Teaching Tuesday” email will cover best practices in leading a “first day of class” online (even asynchronously!) as well as how to build community in a remote classroom environment.

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