SOE to offer ‘Becoming an Antiracist Educator’ series

A teacher instructs students in a classroom in Oliver Hall.
The VCU School of Education's Office of Strategic Engagement will begin offering the ‘Becoming an Antiracist Educator’ virtual series on October 1, 2020.

The VCU School of Education will offer a professional learning series titled Becoming an Antiracist Educator, which will help educators develop the skills and practices to begin dismantling systems that perpetuate racial inequities within personal and professional environments.

The virtual series, intended for PK-12 educators and SOE's community partners, begins with a kickoff session on October 1 – Antiracism 101 – that will introduce the concept of antiracism and what it means to become an antiracist educator. Additional sessions are scheduled monthly through May 2021. The opportunity to provide this series to VCU students, faculty and staff is forthcoming once registration for PK-12 educators concludes.

Sessions will be facilitated by SOE’s Office of Strategic Engagement and will feature prominent scholars in the field of racial equity.

Session topics include:

  • Developing an antiracist mindset
  • Deconstructing implicit bias
  • Deepening our understanding of systemic racism
  • Determining the impact of power and privilege
  • Dismantling racial disproportionality
  • Designing antiracist student supports
  • Developing sustainable antiracist environments
  • Doing the work: allies, accomplices and co-conspirators

Details on the series, including a registration link, are available here.