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Inclusive Teaching

Antiracist pedagogy

One of the best ways to implement inclusive teaching is through the development of antiracist practices. Kyoto Kishimoto asks instructors to “consider the classroom space and enacted pedagogies: are they equitable? Are they antiracist? Enacting an anti-racist pedagogy is more than adding diverse content to a course or broader curriculum; it is ‘about how one teaches, even in courses where race is not the subject matter’” (2016). It’s important to distinguish between inclusive teaching, which views all aspects of a student’s identity as assets (gender, race, sexuality, introversion, etc.), and antiracism, which uses anti-oppression strategies to specifically support BIPOC students and to highlight the persistence of colonial patterns of behavior within higher education. Antiracist pedagogy is essential for instructors who wish to dismantle these systems and to educate the next generation of change agents. Resources for beginning this work are provided below.

  • Introduction to Antiracist Pedagogy – This resource provides an overview of antiracist classroom strategies and offers techniques for responding to racial microaggressions.
  • Effective Teaching is Antiracist Teaching – This guide is produced by Brown University’s Center for Teaching and Learning and it details specific classroom strategies
  • Decolonizing the Curriculum – Keele University’s “Race Equality Charter” offers an overview of decolonial practices which align with antiracist goals.
  • Effective Teaching is Antiracist Teaching” – Brown University’s Sheridan Center for Teaching and Learning explores how to create antiracist course goals, discussions, and more.
  • LibGuide on Antiracism – For further reading, explore the University of Southern California’s list resources that discuss antiracist methods and challenges.