This guide compiles resources from the group working on antiracist pedagogy in English and Writing Studies at Santa Clara University. As instructors within the Department of English, we recognize that racism and anti-Blackness have shaped traditions of teaching English and writing, and affirm the pedagogical responsibility of teachers for supporting antiracism, especially in predominantly White institutional (PWI) contexts.
Developed collaboratively by SCU students, alumni, and faculty, the Antiracist Teaching Collective aims “to invite you into reflection, connection and engagement that goes beyond the accumulation of knowledge and into learning-by-doing. We include work by activists, artists, thinkers, advocates, leaders, and scholars of color who have produced work in the interest of building a more just, humane, and anti-racist society. This site illustrates our commitment to cultivate critically compassionate learning communities that are anti-racist and anti-oppressive.”
Many of these resources are about supporting BLM and other public anti-racist activism, but this also includes links to readings related to race/racism/anti-racism, many from an intersectional perspective.
Outlines common challenges to teaching race and ways of addressing those challenges through 5 principles of course design (encourage reflexivity, prepare for and welcome difficulty, meet students where they are, engage affective and embodied dimensions of learning, and build a learning community).