This Week for Faculty: Resources to Expand Your Anti-Racist Pedagogical Practices

by | Dec 14, 2022

Expand Upon Your Teaching with Anti-Racist Pedagogical Practices!

1. Participate in the process of critical self-reflection as you prepare your course for the upcoming semester. The CTL’s on-demand resource, Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Action: First Steps, provides various reflective prompts, suggestions for further reading, and several entry points for instructors to consider. 

2. Learn more about anti-racist pedagogy practices at Columbia. Watch the full recording of Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Action: A Columbia Faculty Panel, a co-sponsored event hosted by the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and the CTL as part of the anti-racist pedagogy speaker series. Read more about faculty’s innovations around equity and inclusion in the Office of the Provost’s Teaching Transformations resource.

3. Engage with resources in related areas of course design, including inclusive syllabus designequitable assessment practices, and navigating heated, offensive, and tense (HOT) moments in the classroom. Set up a 1-1 consultation to meet with a CTL consultant, or consider requesting a teaching observation during the semester. 

In Case You Missed It: Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Action: A Columbia Faculty Panel

On October 12, 2022, the Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement and the Center for Teaching and Learning hosted a panel discussion with Columbia University Faculty (Tugce Bilgin, Nicholas Bock, Latisha Hanson, Matthea Marquart, and Rochelle Mendonca) who are engaging with anti-racist pedagogies in their classes. During this 90-minute panel discussion, five instructors shared how they enact anti-racist pedagogies in their courses and responded to audience questions.

“Anti-racist pedagogy is universal, it fits into many disciplines, and is important for teaching overall. (…) Doing this work requires self-reflection, learning new skills, challenging ourselves, and being vulnerable.” – Matthea Marquart, Assistant Dean of Online Education and Senior Adjunct Lecturer at Columbia’s School of Social Work (CSSW)

“Overall, students want more. They want more anti-racist work. They’re calling for ongoing work. They don’t want it to end; they want to see that this is incorporated at multiple levels.” – Latisha Hanson, Assistant Professor of Nursing and Director of Diversity Programming at Columbia School of Nursing at the Columbia University Irving Medical Campus (CUIMC)

“Change your PowerPoints around, to be anti-racist. Change the types of questions you have on your exams to be more anti-racist. (…) We have to be changing constantly and every year. And it’s an internal change, and it’s a change that we as instructors just have to accept is something we have to do as part of being faculty members.” – Rochelle Mendoca, Assistant Professor in the Occupational Therapy program in the Department of Rehabilitation and Regenerative Medicine at the Columbia University Irving Medical Campus (CUIMC)

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