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Anti-Racist Pedagogy: Home

Illustration of four arms of various skin tones grasping wrists. Anti-Racist Pedagogy. Wake Forest University.

ZSR Library offers this research guide as a resource for WFU faculty and Education students who wish to implement and further their understanding of anti-racist pedagogy. By no means is this guide exhaustive, and we recognize that the resources identified here inherently reflect the developer's biases. ZSR does not position itself as an expert on anti-racist pedagogy, but we strive to grow alongside you. We welcome feedback and suggestions -- please direct them here.

What is anti-racist pedagogy?

"Anti-racist pedagogy is not a prescribed method that can simply be applied to our teaching, nor does it end with incorporating racial content into courses. More importantly, anti-racist pedagogy is an intentional and strategic organizing effort in which we incorporate anti-racist approaches into our teaching as well as apply anti-racist values into our various spheres of influence. It requires the professor’s humility, critical reflection of our social position, and commitment as we begin and continue to confront our internalized racial oppression or internalized racial superiority and how those impact our teaching, research, and work in the university and community. This is an ongoing process that strives for institutional change, and requires the collaboration and support of anti-racist educators across disciplines," (Kishimoto, 2018, p. 551).

Importance of Action

As stated by Nicole A. Cooke (2020), "Just reading is not engaging or absorbing the key points and demands of anti-racism. Just reading encourages performative gestures of outrage and solidarity, and perpetuates the actual problem of systemic oppression." She suggests that three stages in the lifelong process of becoming anti-racist include critical self-reflection, achieving critical consciousness, and engaging in action and advocacy. So, while reading and self-education are certainly starting points on the journey to being anti-racist, taking action is critical. Included below are resources for taking action both on WFU's campus and in the Winston-Salem community.

Wake Forest University

Get involved on campus with these related offices and organizations!

"This 25-minute video is your introduction to all things RIDE! We will provide you with an overview of Wake Forest University’s framework for Inclusive Excellence, the targets and tools available through the RIDE site, and offer strategies to build personal readiness of diversity, equity, and inclusion work."

Winston-Salem

Take action in the Winston-Salem community with this (non-exhaustive) list of local organizations!

How to be anti-racist and support Black orgs in the Triad by Sayaka Matsuoka, Triad City Beat, 2020

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