The Anti-Racist Discussion Pedagogy

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Guide Summary: How to build an anti-racist pedagogy in any discipline through instructor reflection, clear communication guidelines, and inquiry-based discussion.

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About the Guide

This guide provides a starting resource for instructors who want to adopt an Anti-Racist discussion pedagogy in their own classroom, regardless of discipline or course subject matter.

The intention of this guide is to balance theory with practical tools for easing the transition to an anti-racist teaching style. Much of the guide focuses on the internal reflections that an instructor should undergo before asking students to reflect outwardly via class discussion. This decision was by design; anti-racist work must start within through reflection, then grow outward through action.

This guide was produced in partnership with three exceptional educators who employ anti-racist teaching methods in their own classrooms across multiple disciplines.

About the Authors

Dr. Selfa Chew

Dr. Chew currently teaches African Studies and History at the University of Texas at El Paso, with a strong focus on intersectional anti-racism.

Dr. Alisa Cooper

Dr. Cooper teaches English and Journalism at Glendale Community College, with an anti-racist teaching approach centered on effective argumentation.

Dr. Akil Houston

Dr. Houston is a filmmaker, DJ, social critic, and one of the nation’s leading Hip-Hop scholars. Dr. Houston teaches African American Studies and Cultural Media Studies at Ohio University.

What’s Inside the Guide

• Self-reflection questions for instructors planning to engage in anti-racist teaching methods
• A template for class communication standards to support an actively anti-racist discussion environment
• Discussion prompts to help spark reflective, anti-racist reflective discussion
• Guided recommendations for adopting a holistically anti-racist course design approach
• Plus, a foreword by the President and CEO of League for Innovation in the Community College, Dr. Rufus Glasper