Anti-Racist Teaching Series: Foundations in Anti-Racism and Solidarity in University Teaching – February 4, 2021

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Event Date & Time

  • February 4, 2021
    9:00 am - 11:00 am

Event Description

Registration is full, please add your name to the waitlist HERE

This foundational workshop offers participants an overview of key ideas related to anti-racism, solidarity, and inclusion in university teaching. We situate our concepts in current events (e.g. Black Lives Matter; COVID 19) and we look at how racism shows up at UBC, with attention to anti-black and anti-Indigenous racism. We begin by grounding ourselves in our goals as educators, and framing our own motivation for engaging in this work. The workshop is a combination of presentation slides, reflective activities, and interactive small group work.

Enrol in this workshop if you are:

  • Looking to understand key ideas and the research/lit resources to back them up 
  • Reflecting on your role as an anti-racist educator and ally in 2020
  • Interested in situating this work in relation to current events and social media

Teaching Strategies:

  • Slide Presentation
  • Grounding exercises
  • Reflection activities
  • Small group work


  • Kari Grain, Analyst, Experiential and Integrated Learning, CTLT
  • Emily Clare, Equity Facilitator, Equity and Inclusion Office

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.

This event will be hosted online on Zoom.