Anti-Racist Toolkit: Transforming Knowledge to Action
In response to the worldwide uprisings against racism in summer 2020, ODI’s Diversity Training & Education (DTE ) unit released an Anti-Racism Toolkit. The toolkit provided entry points into the work of anti-racism for the University of Maryland campus as we saw rapid culture shifts across many areas of the University. Student activism and demands increased, calling for more concrete actions to support Black and Brown students and to challenge the many manifestations of racism on our campus. Programming across campus provided space to process and understand the legacy of racism in our country and abroad. We hope that the Anti-Racism Toolkit provided a starting place for individuals who may not have engaged with these topics before and a building block for folx who wanted to go deeper.
To continue this momentum, we are launching programming to offer our campus additional insights into the practice of anti-racism in our classrooms, workspaces, and daily lives. Each program in this series addresses key questions related to central themes of the toolkit: why we are still facing this problem today and how we can break the cycle. For each program, we have also listed a number of readings, podcasts, and videos from the Anti-Racism Toolkit. We highly recommend engaging “Suggested pre-reading” resources prior to the program to maximize your learning. “Resources to dig deeper” are also listed for individuals interested in further exploration.
We will also be hosting learning communities in conjunction with this programming for those who want to engage in a shared, group-learning process. Read more about learning communities.
Currently, we are no longer accepting submissions for learning communities but will continue to offer them in future semesters.
Program 1: Anti-Blackness in Thought and Practice
Tuesday, Feb 2, 2021 12-1:30 p.m.
Program 2: Decolonization Is Not a Metaphor: Pedagogy and Praxis
Tuesday, Mar. 23, 2021 12-1:30 p.m.