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UW-Madison Diversity Forum 2020
This forum, hosted by UW-Madison, is an all-campus and community platform to discuss, share, and learn about contemporary issues on diversity and inclusion. While the forum was created for the UW-Madison community they opened it up this year to the higher education community at large. The forum took place 10/27-10/28 but many of the sessions are available on their website.
Teaching While White (TWW) seeks to move the conversation forward on how to be consciously, intentionally, anti-racist in the classroom. Because "white" does not mean a blank slate. It is a set of assumptions that is the baseline from which everything is judged; it is what passes for normal. TWW wants to have conversations about those assumptions: what they are, how they impact our students, and how we can confront our bias to promote racial literacy.
Check out the Teaching While White Podcast
Continuum on Becoming an Anti-Racist Multicultural Organization
Talking About Race in the Classroom?
Attitudes about race, impacted by our current political environment, have produced pedagogical challenges for professors in the humanities who teach subjects that involve discussions of racial difference. This community-sourced “starter’s” guide is designed to help teacher-scholars discuss race in the college classroom. The guide consists of a series of how-to prompts that provide specific language one can employ to foster productive conversation around issues of race. Initiated by the editors of the book Teaching with Tension: Race, Resistance, and Reality in the Classroom (Northwestern University Press, 2019), the guide has been augmented by faculty in the English Department at the University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa. This is NOT intended as an exhaustive guide. Indeed, it is impossible to anticipate every scenario that could happen in the classroom, and there are many right ways to respond in a given moment.