The Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning workshops are for UBC faculty, staff, and educators who wish to cultivate a teaching or facilitation practice that serves as a form of solidarity, and is premised upon research and popular education pedagogy in the areas of anti-racism, equity, and inclusion.
This is an exceptionally challenging and wildly important time to be an educator, as our students grapple with isolation from their regular social connections, a new educational landscape, traumatic images in the media, and some big questions that arise as a result of current events. Sometimes referred to as a “double pandemic,” the systemic racism resulting in George Floyd’s murder and the COVID-19 crisis have created circumstances that challenge us to reflect, unlearn, look inward, and imagine new ways to generate educational – and societal – change.
Through the Anti-Racism Teaching and Learning workshop series, participants are guided through reflection on their own roles and fears as educators, and develop an introductory understanding of concepts such as anti-racism, privilege, allyship, and solidarity especially in the context of online teaching and learning. They also include the identification and intensive unpacking of harmful phrases that can lead to further marginalization of racialized or excluded students. Particular attention is paid to helping educators with specific teaching strategies, practical tools, and relevant resources for their teaching practice.
Recent workshop topics included Identifying and Responding to Harmful Phrases; Identity Maters: Connecting Power, Privilege and Bias to Anti-Racism Work; and Exploring Complex Classroom Dynamics Using Case-Studies.
Visit the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology for future workshop offerings.