i2 Resources for You: Diversity/Equity Edition

 “We as a faculty not only are teaching and preparing our students to be leaders in the world, but want them to know they are seen, valued, and heard in our classrooms. We want them to know that this is not just a safe space but it is also a brave space.” 

 -Sarah Spann,  Diversity & Inclusion Coordinator

This week’s theme is all over the news, but has always been at the heart of our school’s mission: teaching/learning with diversity/equity in mind. Many old-new words coalesce in this landscape: multicultural education, culturally relevant/culturally sustaining education, teaching toward social justice, and perhaps the new favorite: anti-racist pedagogy.  If you are like me you’ve been receiving idea after idea and resource after resource in relation to these aims and that can get overwhelming.  Here’s a short list of some of our favorites:

A thing to read:

A thing to listen to

 A thing to watch:

  • Explore the disparity in educational opportunities in Teach Us All, a documentary currently streaming on Netflix.

 A thing to use:

A thing to subscribe to: 

A thing to do:  

Check your syllabus, required texts, textbooks, or curricula with an eye toward the question: “Whose voices, histories, and production of knowledge are represented/valued?  Whose are not?”  Then, add in a new text/resources/topic into your syllabus or plan for the fall to broaden the perspectives represented in your course.


This spring, in community with the Millsaps College Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation Center’s group for educators, I read Dr. Bettina Love’s We Want to Do More Than Survive: Abolitionist Teaching and the Pursuit of Educational Freedom. Weaving together history, memoir, critical theory, and pedagogy, Dr. Love advances the argument for “an abolitionist pursuit to educational freedom,” and abolitionist teaching “built on the creativity, imagination, boldness, ingenuity, and rebellious spirit and methods of abolitionists to demand and fight for an education system where all students are thriving, not simply surviving.” This text pushed me to examine the systems and structures of education and myself as an educator, and how we uphold and perpetuate white supremacy and harm Black students, Indigenous students, and Students of Color. Simultaneously, it taught me about and called me to radically imagine education that supports and uplifts all students. I cannot recommend this book highly enough. You can learn more about Dr. Bettina Love’s book and work at her website and through the Abolitionist Teaching Network.

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