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Race and Pedagogy

  • 3:15 PM to 4:30 PM
  • Power Center Ballroom

Facilitator Erin Rentschler

Discussion Leaders: Christina Frasher (CTE), Gaby Mena Ibarra (Psychology), and Darius Prier (Education) 

How do race, teaching, and learning intersect at a predominantly white university?

Our 5th annual session of Exploring Race and Pedagogy at our Predominantly White University will use a "flipped" format to engage with selected readings in smaller break out groups.

Participants will complete their choice of one of the selected readings from the list below before coming to the group discussion on March 20.  Discussion leaders will facilitate conversation based on the group's assigned reading, with an emphasis on implications in and for the classroom experience. Breakout groups will have an opportunity to synthesize and share their discussions with the larger group. 

To participate and select your reading, please register in advance. Space is limited, with primary audience being faculty and graduate students. 
Registered participants will be provided with a copy of their selected reading after registration. 


Christina Frasher - Teaching Intersectionality through ‘I am From...'
This essay by Mike Klein explores using "a tool for analyzing the social construction of intersectional identity that addresses racism and other inequities in the classroom".

Gaby Mena Ibarra - Avoiding Traps and Misconceptions in Teaching Race
This essay by Stephen Brookfield examines eight "common misunderstandings and missteps in [the author's] own teaching practice and that of other white colleagues."

Darius Prier - Unveiling Whiteness in Higher Education: Scholars of Color and Double Consciousness
This essay by Zeus Leonardo explores the ways in which "scholars of color exist in two worlds: the first within their lived knowledge of the racial world, and the second within the confines of a racialized epistemological standard in White institutions."

Erin Rentschler - White Fragility
This essay by Robin DiAngelo examines the concept of White Fragility as "a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves" 

This event is part of the annual Day for Learning and Speaking Out against Racial Injustice