Ally and Ally Behavior

Anti-Racist Pedagogy Part 5: Why is anti-racist pedagogy so threatening?

Anyone who was willing to click on this post is likely aware of recent and not so recent public policy attacks on critical race theory. A former President of the U.S. tried to order critical race theory into silence. State legislative actions continue to work toward banning discussion of white privilege, racism, and systemic white …

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Anti-Racist Pedagogy Part 4: Core Elements of ARP (according to this white girl)

Full disclosure. I am white. When I get my blood drawn, I usually joke with the nurse that I am translucent. So pretty white. And yet, I am doing my best to offer up a list of some of the essential core elements of an anti-racist pedagogy. Make no mistake, I am missing a lot …

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Anti-Racist Pedagogy Part 3: Teaching Silence and Culture vs. Critiquing Systems

What harm are we doing? Because my life allows for wonderful things, I recently read bell hooks’ Teaching to Transgress for the third time. Although published in 1994, the wisdom in her work still rings true. Her timeless observations about liberatory critical pedagogies highlighted that little has shifted. As I was reading, one passage inspired …

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Anti-Racist Pedagogy Part 2: Inclusive does not equal anti-racist

We all want to be “inclusive. Nothing wrong with that. You may have picked up on the trend that diversity focuses on recruitment and maybe representation, but that we need to move deeper for inclusion. Same goes for inclusion being a wonderful shift in education, but we need a more critical approach to power and …

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Anti-Racist Pedagogy Part 1: Do we even know what anti-racist pedagogy means?

As I mentioned in previous posts and my recent workshops, academic use of the phrase “anti-racist pedagogy” (ARP) has sky rocketed since George Floyd’s death. Summer 2020 brought a wave of white academics calling for curricular transformation, many in response to student demands, to infuse anti-racism. And yet, if I asked 50 people what they …

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Vulnerability: not optional for social justice leadership

3 years ago this month…my world collapsed. Y’all. Not gonna lie. November 2017 was arguably the devastating month of my professional career. That month ranks in the top 3 worst times of my entire life across professional, personal, and all other contexts. Things got hopeless real quick. I had chosen to make myself vulnerable to rejection. Let’s just say the …

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Students are not the problem. We are: Anti-racism questions for your institution.

Before my Twitter account got hacked yesterday, I had posted this: “It’s not our students. It’s us. WE are the ones who desperately need critical reflection, intersectional race inquiry, and transformational social justice awakening. Us.” For decades I have watched colleges and universities trip over themselves to offer more diversity course initiatives, inclusive efforts, new …

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Stepping up to educate white people

white anti-racism & action to dismantle white supremacy Written after George Floyd’s murder. After weeks of struggling to figure out how to support the social justice movement for Black lives, ending police violence against People of Color, and working to dismantle systemic White Supremacy, I defined what I view as my most effective path as an …

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