Teaching for Equity Fellows Program

Curriculum

The Teaching for Equity Fellows curriculum begins with a Foundations Session, following by monthly workshops to help faculty learn, practice and deepen their skills.

Foundations Session

“The framework materials have been incredibly helpful. I have also felt that the readings for subsequent sessions have introduced me to new ideas and the language to put those ideas into practice. I never knew there was so much research about issues of diversity-power-privilege-oppression in the classroom. It has been very eye opening to learn more about student experience.”
-- 2015-16 Participant

The Foundations session is mandatory and will focus on establishing a framework for race equity, drawing from critical race theory and practice as well as guiding principles related to culturally relevant pedagogy. Borrowing heavily from proven approaches, concepts covered will include:

  • The definition of race and racism;
  • The history of the race construct and resistance to it;
  • The institutional, cultural, and personal framework of both oppression and equity/justice;
  • The power of internalizations in both oppression and equity/justice;
  • The pedagogical process for embedding issues of race, class, and gender in the classroom; and
  • The importance of relationship- and community-building in the classroom.

Participants will be encouraged to both participate in and observe the pedagogical design of these two and one-half days as an initial step in distinguishing the role of both pedagogical content and process. Participants will also be encouraged to reflect on the information presented and how it influences what and how they teach.

Workshops

September-November

The next three sessions will focus on the design of an anti-racist syllabus, learning more about student experience and classroom culture and developing skills in facilitation and classroom learning strategies. Participants will be given an opportunity to design and facilitate sample activities related to their teaching and research area. Learning and feedback will examine both curriculum content and teaching process. Opportunities for intersectional analysis will be explored. Participants can choose to work on their own, in pairs, or in small groups. Workshop faculty will play a consulting role throughout and will support participants in drawing out lessons learned.

January-March

The next three sessions will provide an opportunity to apply lessons learned, articulate specific next steps for piloting an equity/anti-racist lens into at least one course.

April

The final session will focus on program assessment designed to inform the fellowship program for the 2017-18 academic year.