Intersectionality

Anti-Racist Pedagogy Part 6: The Hope in ARP

For those of us who teach about systemic racism, white privilege, and white supremacy as culture, policy, and foundational to social institutions, the bulk of our time spent supporting each other and discussing pedagogy focuses on difficult moments, attacks on our teaching, and all kinds of ugly stuff that can occur (and has). It gets to …

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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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How NOT to be an Ally – Part 3 “Spoken-Language Microaggressions”

A few weeks ago, I boarded a flight from Houston to Mexico City excited for a mini-vacation and a visit to Frida Kahlo’s home and museum (see pic). Passengers searched for seats while flight attendants closed baggage bins in preparation for departure. So far so good. As a possibly Latina woman stopped to claim the …

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Educators are People, Too: Reflecting on Social Location in the Classroom

How many of us think of our courses as intersectional? Yet, are we truly living up to the theory of intersectionality when it comes to pedagogical structure, design, implementation, and assessment? Are we honestly taking the time to consider how our very presence in the room might alter the environment? Of course, making all of …

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