Call for Participation
September-May Faculty Learning Community:
Teaching for Equity, Social Justice, and Anti-Racism
Do you feel prepared to initiate and facilitate meaningful, productive dialogues about equity, social justice and race/ethnicity in your classroom and beyond?
Are you looking for practical strategies to integrate content and create an inclusive learning environment on issues related to oppression, power, and privilege, across disciplines?
Do you want to learn more about the influences of historical and contemporary institutional and individual racism and white supremacy in education practice?
As current events highlight the dynamics surrounding race and racism, this FLC hopes to provide some essential resources to facilitate substantive meaningful discussion about issues related to equity, justice and racial awareness in the classroom and beyond. We understand that this journey to design antiracist learning environments is a lifetime commitment that is active, not passive. Therefore, this learning community is open to Stan State faculty from all backgrounds, disciplines, identities, ranks, and depths of experience with anti-racism. We, as a community, will join in this work not as experts on this subject, but as partners in the ongoing learning process. This is an opportunity to share collective expertise across disciplines and feel an increased sense of belonging to a community of scholar-educators.
As Parker Palmer (1998, p. 144) once said: "The growth of any craft depends on shared practice and honest dialogue among the people who do it. We grow by trial and error, to be sure--but our willingness to try, and fail, as individuals are severely limited when we are not supported by a community that encourages such risks". In this FLC, we will collectively focus on learning about and incorporating equity/justice-minded and anti-racist pedagogy into our teaching practice. The learning community will engage in reading, reflection, discussion, and action during a series of meetings through the academic year, 2021-2022. This FLC purports to support/promote the University's mission and commitment to embracing diversity, equity, inclusion and social justice as vital components of educational quality.
Outcomes of this FLC may include preparing faculty to:
- Identify and assess personal goals for anti-racist pedagogy practice
- Deconstruct personal identity and positionality and the role it plays in our teaching and beyond
- Examine the influences of historical and contemporary institutional and individual racism and white supremacy in education practice
- Develop the skills for mindful facilitation and to build conversational “brave spaces”
- Facilitate conversations on best practices in social justice and anti-racist pedagogy
- Facilitate conversations on ways to dismantle institutionalized racism and other forms of systemic oppressions
- Assess current curriculum (content/materials, assignments, assessments) and teaching practices through a critical race perspective
- Identify and practice ways to engage in self-care and support of others
Participants in the Faculty Learning Community should be willing to commit to:
- Attend at least 80% of the scheduled FLC activities and meetings (synchronous bi-weekly meetings)
- Present at the culminating showcase event in late spring
- Active work, sharing of progress, and mutual support and accountability
Application and Meeting Schedule
Please indicate your meeting availability in the application form. This FLC will meet either on Mondays (1-3 pm) or Wednesdays (10-noon).
Please apply by September 8, 2021 end of day (11:59 pm) for full consideration.
- There are 10-12 spaces in the FLC
- All Stan State faculty of any rank in any discipline, including lecturers, can apply as long as they are contracted to teach at Stan State during 2021 Fall and/or 2022 Spring
- Must agree to attend meetings and participate in the scheduled FLC activities.
Faculty Compensation: At the end of the FLC, faculty who participate and meet the goals will receive $750 as a stipend or professional development funds.
Updated: March 07, 2023