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Black Lives Matter and Anti-Racism Resources

"[Baldwin's] "A Talk to Teachers” showed me that a teacher’s work should reject the false pretense of being apolitical, and, instead, confront the problems that shape our students’ lives..." - Clint Smith, James Baldwin’s Lesson for Teachers in a Time of Turmoil

For the purpose of this guide, anti-racism is not simply a short hand for teaching courses on racial injustice.

Rather, we recognize the need to approach pedagogy from the lens of anti-racism for all courses, from marketing to statistics to communication.

In this sense, all pedagogy potentially contributes to oppression unless it is explicitly anti-racist. 

This guide offers a jumping off point to actively integrating anti-racism into pedagogy as practice, and is a living document that will grow and change with time.

For an overview of historical context, explore the 1619 Project.

To the extent that we seek to encourage critical thinking in our students, how can we meaningfully engage with BLM and social justice?

  • How can we incorporate the BLM movement into our courses?
  • How can faculty design assignments and activities that engage students in thinking critically about BLM?
  • How can we help our students understand the relevance, depth, and breadth of BLM?
  • How can we help our students logically process statement and attitudes surrounding BLM?
  • How can a critical thinking approach help develop intellectual traits of humility, integrity, courage, empathy, and fair-mindedness in faculty, staff, and students*?

 

To suggest a resource, please email scampbell@jwu.edu

*from Broward College's Teaching Black Lives Matter Libguide