Anti-Racism Munch and Learn Series Fall Semester 2020
Each semester The Patton College of Education hosts a Munch and Learn Series comprising panel discussions that take an in-depth look at societal issues that impact education. The goal of the series is to create a more equitable and inclusive community, both at Ohio University and in our society at large.
During fall semester 2020, the theme was Black Lives Matter: Mobilizing to Build an Anti-racist University Culture. Resources and links to the recordings of each session appear below:
Social Justice and Anti-Racism Educational Resources:
- Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources
- Useful resources for anti-racism education (compiled by faculty at Rutgers University)
- Forgotten History: How the New England Colonists Embraced the Slave Trade
- [Book] Wilder, C. S. (2013). Ebony and Ivy: Race, Slavery, and the Troubled History of American's Universities. Bloomsbury Press.
- James Baldwin Discusses Racism | The Dick Cavett Show (Video 1 of 3): https://youtu.be/WWwOi17WHpE
- Baldwin-Buckley race debate still resonates 55 years on (Video 2 of 3): https://youtu.be/MRzkHgMaPL4
- James Baldwin and Paul Weiss Debate Discrimination In America (Video 3 of 4): https://youtu.be/hzH5IDnLaBA
- Hollywood Roundtable feat. James Baldwin (1963) (Video 4 of 4): https://youtu.be/2H7Cr0HtiJI
- [OpEd by Katherine Jordan] Black lives matter, and white privilege is real
- [OpEd by Katherine Jordan] A reflection on "bad apples"
In this final session of the Patton College's Black Lives Matter Munch and Learn series for fall semester, Moderator Marcquis Parham talks with students from The Patton College and the Scripps College of Communication. The students share their perceptions, experiences, resources, and advice on becoming an anti-racist educator - both as a profession and in day-to-day life.
The panelists shared definitions, resources and thoughts, which follow below:
- "The History of Racism in America," an article in Smithsonian Magazine
- Book: "Difference Matters: Communicating Social Identity" by Brenda J. Allen
- Microagression: a comment or action that subtly and often unconsciously or unintentionally expresses a prejudiced attitude toward a member of a marginalized group (such as a racial minority); also, behavior or speech that is characterized by such comments or actions.
- The Myths of the Thanksgiving Story and the Lasting Damage They Imbue (Smithsonian Magazine)
- Ohio University's Multicultural Center offers diversity training opportunities. Learn more at https://www.ohio.edu/diversity/multicultural-center/trainings
- Learn more about OHIO's Diversity Studies Certificate
- See Stephen Barrett's clothing line at www.CreamyStudios.com or @creamy.studios on Instagram
- A few powerful quotes from the discussion:
- As we move forward, we must guard against replacing racism and sexism with other isms regarding other groups. -Mylun Jackson
- If you aren't aware of your privilege, you can be part of the problem. -Randi Bateman
- Part of being privileged is being able to ignore racism and pretend it isn't your problem or the issue has nothing to do with you. Being vulnerable and admitting when you're wrong is key to growth. -Stephen Barrett
- Don't become fixated on guilt. Talk to your colleagues on how you can be supportive. Be an ally but don't act without understanding your actions. -Stephen Barrett
- Making time for self-care and to recharge is important. Pour into yourself as you work to remain open to new experiences and new ideas. And continue to do the work because you really want to be a part of change! -Randi Bateman
- Don't compare your personal progress to anyone else's but don't be afraid to stretch yourself! -Mylun Jackson
- Community is important because no one can do this alone. Use the technologies we have to share your ideas, write your ideas, and remain open. -Randi Bateman
- If you have family members who hold racist ideas, don't shun them but engage them. Talk to them to draw them out and then share your point of view respectfully. -Stephen Barrett
- Stay hungry! There's an endless supply of resources and there's always something out there that can help you learn, grow, and act. -Camilla Hibbard
Moderator Dr. Sara Helfrich and panelists Dr. Emmanuel Jean Francois, Dr. Adrienne Erby, and Dr. Adah Ward Randolph discussed how People of Color are represented, or misrepresented, in research. The panel members shared experiences where they were asked to alter parts of their identity for their research, how they intentionally honor the identities of People of Color through their work, and more. They also shared important resources that you can use in your efforts to become an anti-racist educator.
The following resources and quotes were shared during the discussion (listed in chronological order as they occurred during the discussion):
Dr. Ward Randolph’s latest published work: Ward Randolph, A. & James-Gallaway, A. D. (In Press). “Critical Race Theory and Education History: Constructing a Race-Centered History of School Desegregation.” In Marvin Lynn, & Adrienne D. Dixson, (Eds.). Handbook of critical race theory in education, (2nd Ed). New York: Routledge.
Many who say they are colorblind actually are "racist blind" and it's up to us to unroot it. - Dr. Randolph
"The Bell Curve: Intelligence and Class Structure in American Life" is a 1994 book by psychologist Richard J. Herrnstein and political scientist Charles Murray.
"Decolonizing Methodologies: Research and Indigenous Peoples" book by Linda Tuhiwai Smith
Positionality: where we stand in relation to dynamics of power and privilege. It encompasses the thought that personal values, views, and location in time and space influence how one understands the world.
Studying people of color does not necessarily equal being anti-racist. We must be mindful not to discount participants' experiences because we do not recognize our own potential bias. -Dr. Adrienne Erby
"the personal is political, and the political is personal" -Audre Lorde
Are people willing to do the individual work to examine how they make their decisions? - Dr. Randolph
Policy is important but "ultimately, it's going to come back to how the individual reflects the policy." We see some significant gaps in training for qualitative and multi-method research. And we can't forget the participants because we're using their time, stories, and, frequently, their pain. - Dr. Erby
Policy implementation and accountability are a problem for researchers. - Dr. Jean Francois
Inventory under-studied areas and increase the dialogue surrounding those areas.
Washington H.A. (2006). Medical Apartheid: The dark history of medical experimentation on Black Americans from colonial times to the present. (Ed.). New York: Random House.
“A Different Mirror: A History of Multicultural America” by Ronald Takaki
Help students understand all of the "isms" and understand their thinking. -Dr. Randolph
- Diversifying the Education Profession in Ohio (PDF)
- Brothers RISE Program Brochure (PDF)
- Brothers RISE videos on YouTube:
- "Diversity and Inclusion Training Must Be a Part of the Revolution" an article by Dr. Winsome Chunnu that appears in the October 2020 issue of Insight Into Diversity (PDF)
- Showing Up for Racial Justice and SURJ Southeast Ohio on Facebook
Find useful resources for anti-racism education (compiled by faculty at Rutgers University) https://gse.rutgers.edu/content/teaching-about-racism-injustice-and-structural-inequality-resources