When students head back to their education career in the fall, they will have experienced movements, protests, and debates about racial injustice. It can be difficult to fit anti-racism into a course that does not usually cover this topic, for example, a math course. If racism is not a normal topic that professors cover in the classroom, how should they go about addressing the topic?
For the courses that can be harder to fit a lesson on racial injustice, it can be just as beneficial to be aware of the messages you are portraying through a students’ learning. If an instructor requires their students to watch a video, view images, etc., make sure these visuals include diversity and do not stereotype races. If students must read a story or short paragraph, be sure the reading excludes the usual stereotypes and incorporates diversity. This method is just as effective as it portrays a negative connotation towards stereotypes.
Instead of teaching about racism, educators encourage faculty to teach students how to acknowledge racism in a specific lesson. An example from “Interrogating Your Discipline, and Other Ways Into Anti-Racist Teaching” states, “It could be examining a business-administration course by asking students political questions to consider the connections between plantation politics and the current field.” If your course already covers racism as a topic, try to include an assignment that requires students to research racial injustice. This is a great resource for students to collect knowledge and become more aware on the topic.
Here at SilkWeb, when we build custom e-learning courses we look for a diverse curriculum. We pursue courses that are universally aware of the messages they are sending to their students. We are more than happy to have a conversation with instructors on how to be universally aware when building curriculum and will always suggest changes if necessary. This could include removing images that portrays typical stereotypes or changing a prompt to an assignment. Diversity will always be encouraged in the classroom to ensure a safe zone for all students.