Anti-Racist Teaching Series: Exploring Complex Classroom Dynamics Using Case-Studies – November 26, 2020

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Event Date & Time

  • November 26, 2020
    10:00 am - 11:30 am

Event Description

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This session co-presented as part of the CTLT Anti-Racist Teaching Series and Indigenous Initiatives Classroom Climate Series.

In this workshop we will explore complex classroom dynamics, such as microaggressions and tensions when students have conflicting worldviews. Drawing from select Open Case Studies at UBC that highlight Indigenous student experiences in diverse classrooms, participants will work in breakout groups to unpack the scenarios and discuss how they resonate with our current classroom contexts and climates. Concepts and topics that may be raised include: tokenism, conflicting worldviews, burden of representation, course topics that impact students personally, and self-determination. Participants who have taken other workshops within the Anti-Racist Teaching Series will have the opportunity to apply what they have learned to their analysis of cases and come up with practical strategies. Those new to the series will bring their own knowledge and experiences to the discussion and have the opportunity to actively engage with anti-racist concepts and topics by working through specific case scenarios.



  • Sue Hampton, Educational Consultant, CTLT
  • Kyle Shaughnessy, Educational Consultant, Indigenous Initiatives, CTLT and UBC Human Resources
  • Janey Lew, Senior Educational Consultant, Indigenous Initiatives, CTLT

Workshop Series: Cultivating Anti-Racism, Solidarity, and Inclusion

This is an exceptionally challenging and wildly important time to be an educator, as our students grapple with isolation from their regular social connections, a new (and mostly online) educational landscape, traumatic images in the media, and some big questions that arise as a result of current events. Sometimes referred to as a “double pandemic,” the systemic racism resulting in George Floyd’s murder and the COVID-19 crisis have created circumstances that challenge us to reflect, unlearn, look inward, and imagine new ways to generate educational – and societal – change. This workshop series is for UBC faculty, staff, and educators who wish to cultivate a teaching or facilitation practice that serves as a form of solidarity, and is premised upon research and popular education pedagogy in the areas of anti-racism, equity, and inclusion. 

In this workshop series, participants will be guided through reflection on their own roles and fears as educators, and develop an introductory understanding of concepts such as anti-racism, privilege, allyship, and solidarity especially in the context of online teaching and learning. This workshop series also includes the identification and intensive unpacking of harmful phrases that can lead to further marginalization of racialized or excluded students. Particular attention will be paid to helping educators with specific teaching strategies, practical tools, and relevant resources for their teaching practice.

This workshop series is intended to be a learning space for UBC faculty, staff, and educators across all disciplines to reflect on their teaching practice, cultivate active solidarity, and to prepare for educating in a time of great change. We welcome participants from a broad spectrum of existing knowledge on these topics, all the way from an introductory level to an advanced level; All are welcome.

Please ensure you have your own quiet space, a computer with a webcam and headphones or earbuds.