Anti-Racist Pedagogy Speaker Series

Throughout 2022, the Center for Teaching and Learning and Office of the Vice Provost for Faculty Advancement are hosting anti-racist pedagogy speaker events for the Columbia teaching community. The goal of this series is to offer Columbia instructors direct access to people whose work was cited in the CTL’s Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Action: First Steps resource. The ongoing national trauma of racism in the U.S. requires deep reflection and close attention from those teaching in postsecondary settings and these speakers support efforts to raise awareness around the role instructors can play in their Columbia University classrooms.


Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Action: A Columbia Faculty Panel

Columbia Faculty | October 12, 2022

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.

Some questions that panelists answered included:

  • How has your pedagogy changed and evolved taking this anti-racist pedagogical stance? What does that look like for you and your students? What motivated you to make this change? 
  • How have you made decisions about enacting anti-racist pedagogical values in ways that are disciplinary-appropriate? What has that process looked like?
  • How have students responded to your pedagogical approach? Have you faced challenges or resistance? If so, how have you navigated that? 
  • What kinds of personal and professional development have you participated in while developing your anti-racist pedagogical practice? What advice might you have for faculty looking to strengthen their own practices?

See a corresponding handout from panelist Matthea Marquart.

Moving Beyond Diversity to Create Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning Environments

Frank Tuitt, 2022 Celebration of Teaching and Learning Symposium Keynote | March 29, 2022  

With remarks from Columbia Provost Mary Boyce
Despite best efforts to advance diversity, postsecondary institutions around the world have found themselves in the midst of campus protests. Arguably, at the heart of increased activism on college campuses is the failure of postsecondary institutions to create more anti-racist learning environments where minoritized students can experience teaching that suggest their lives and their lived experiences really matter. Accordingly, this presentation by Dr. Frank Tuitt explored how a commitment to an anti-racist praxis can contribute to the promotion of anti-racist teaching and learning environments both in and outside of the classroom. Following the presentation, Dr. Tuitt took questions from the audience.

Understanding and Doing Antiracist Classroom Assessment

Asao B. Inoue | April 27, 2022

This workshop considered what antiracist assessment can be in university courses and how faculty from across disciplines from Humanities to STEM courses can meaningfully engage in it. It was led by Asao B. Inoue, Professor of Rhetoric & Composition at Arizona State University. Professor Inoue argued that classroom assessment, from grading to feedback on literacy performances, is an ecology made up of seven interconnected elements. Understanding any classroom as an assessment ecology can provide a way to design and enact antiracist assessment practices in courses. Furthermore, Inoue detailed twelve habits of antiracist teachers that are necessary in more fully developing antiracist pedagogies and assessments. 

See handouts and resources from the workshop (requires UNI authentication).