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What is Anti-Racism?

Anti-Racism is strategies, theories, actions, and practices that challenge and counter racism, inequalities, prejudices, and discrimination based on race.

(Source: https://simmons.libguides.com/anti-oppression/anti-racism)

One either allows racial inequities to persevere, as a racist, or confronts racial inequities, as an antiracist. There is no in-between safe space of “not racist.” The claim of “not racist” neutrality is a mask for racism.

Ibram X. Kendi, How To Be an Anti-Racist


DEI Council 9.8.2020

Some First Steps Toward Concept Research and Anti-Racism Resources

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TEDx Talk

Dr. Melissa Crum is an artist, education consultant and diversity practitioner who works with many educators in urban schools. She noticed that many teachers had challenges teaching and relating to students who did not share their same cultural background. So, she worked with a museum educator to create an arts-based professional development series that helps educators think about how they are thinking about their diverse students. Her personal story and professional practice work together to tell a creative, inspiring, and eye-opening message that everyone must hear.

TEDx Talk: Practical Diversity

We strive to embrace diversity and inclusion in our schools and workplaces, but we often fail to understand what this looks like practically. Dr. Dawn Bennett-Alexander believes that with a little effort, we can move diversity and inclusion from theory to practice.

Anti-Racist Resources

Cross-Cultural Communication

This guide shows the difference in communication styles between Americans, Asian groups, and certain Native Americans as an example. 

RISD Students Discuss Diversity

Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education: A Status Report

American Council on Education published a major report on “Race and Ethnicity in Higher Education.” They then hosted a convening. Videos are available here.

Learn More about Diversity & Pedagogy

Check out the resources on the Faculty Learning Community on Diversity page.

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