Antiracist Learning Opportunities

Updated on August 19th, 2020

Earlier this summer we detailed our recommitment to become an anti-racist institution not just in words, but in practice. As we enter the new academic year, we encourage all members of our campus to review this recommitment and work with your colleagues to strategize on your efforts.   

This will require us to look at our policies, procedures and practices at all levels. This ongoing process will also require us to engage all members of our community in capacity building and training that aids in understanding of the realities of race, racism, anti-Blackness, and systemic oppression.  

The Office of Diversity, Inclusion & Community Engagement (DICE), Center for Excellence in Learning, Teaching, Scholarship and Service (CELTSS), and the Office of Human Resources (HR) will coordinate trainings and professional development efforts. See below for a complete list of offerings: 

Continual Departmental Conversations on Antiracism  

It is essential that all areas of campus engage in discussions that aid in common understanding on these topicsDICE, CELTSS, and HR will release four (4) guiding documents that provides a framework (learning outcomes, readings, discussion questions) to have these cross-campus conversationsDepartment leaders should schedule or make time at a staff meeting to engage your teams in these conversations.  

Topics and Recommended Timeframe: 

  • Mid September – Mid October: Defining antiracism and applying it to our work 
  • Mid October – Mid November: Understanding systemic racism and change 
  • Early February – Early March: Identifying racial equity detours 
  • Mid March – Mid April: Evaluating and redefining department goals and objectives through an antiracist lens 

Antiracist Pedagogy Academy for Faculty

The “Anti-Racist Pedagogy Academy” will bring faculty of all disciplines together to examine, discuss and work together for the purpose of supporting FSU’s transformation into an anti-racist and equitable institution. The Academy will create a space for faculty to reflect on the historical foundations of racism in the United States, discuss how racism affects our practice as teacher scholars and engage in concrete steps to transform the university into a space where our students can feel a sense of belong and can thrive.  

Participants will explore a variety of pedagogical and culturally responsive communication practices that emphasize anti-racist and equity driven topics such as:  

  • What is anti-racist pedagogy? Why is anti-racist pedagogy relevant to me as a teacher scholar?  
  • Whose stories can we emphasize in the classroom?  
  • How can we help our students of color thrive in the classroom?  
  • How can we help our students of color thrive in our discipline?  
  • The impact of my syllabus on students' success. 
  • How to help our students of color thrive in our university? 

Please look for a faculty email in late August detailing the program and sign up processFor more information email Lina Rincón, Ph.D., CELTSS Assistant Director, lrincon@framingham.edu 

Remote Workshop Series Focused on Race

Please RSVP for these sessions using the Workshop Registration Form Zoom link will be sent to registrants.  

Session: Engaging in Dialogue about Race in Teaching and Advising 

Description:  Talking about race can be difficult. However, in order to work towards racial justice and liberation, we must engage in dialogue that centers race and racism. During this introductory session participant will reflect on feelings, thoughts, and fears regarding race dialogue. As a group, we will explore helpful and harmful behaviors when engaging in race dialogue. Tools, strategies, and language will be shared so that participants can thoughtfully and authentically engage in discussion and action. Come prepared to share with your colleagues. 

Facilitator: Constanza Cabello, VP of Diversity, Inclusion and Community Engagement and Lina Rincón, CELTSS Assistant Director 

Date & Time: Friday, September 25th, 12-1:30pm 

Session: Exploring White Privilege and White Fragility 

Description:  This session will be an introduction to the concepts of white privilege (that people who present as white benefit from unearned advantages in society) and white fragility (discomfort and defensiveness by whites when their ideas about race and racism are challenged), both of which are routed in white supremacy.  This is not a conversation about being a good person or a bad person- it’s about recognizing the gaps in our perspectives, bridging those gaps, giving context to our communications with others, and ending complicity in societal systems that oppress some and profit others.   

Facilitator: Kim R. Dexter, Executive Director of Equal Opportunity, Title IX, and ADA Compliance 

Date & TimeWednesday, October 14th1:30-2:30pm  

Session: A Mental Health Perspective on Understanding and Addressing Racial Trauma 

The objectives of these workshops shall be to: 

  • Broadly understand the scope and meaning of the “trauma” as a clinical term, the general impact of trauma on individuals and systems, and appropriate ways to respond and mitigate trauma 
  • Identify and describe racial trauma from a historical perspective 
  • Understand the intergenerational impact of trauma and racial trauma 
  • Describe the ways in which racial trauma is likely to show up among students and colleagues of color 
  • Discuss the impact of racial/cultural trauma on faculty, staff, and students who do not identify as persons of color or who do not identify with a cultural history of oppression. 
  • Learn to recognize behaviors and attitudes that support, promote, or exacerbate racial trauma 
  • Learn appropriate ways to respond to trauma 
  • Receive resources for continued and active learning in the area of racial trauma and injustice 

Facilitator: Sasheen Hazel, Psy.D., Psychologist, www.HazelApproach.com 

Dates & Times: Choose 1Note: First hour is the presentation of materials/ content. The 30-minute block is an optional, but encouraged, debrief for the session. 

Option 1: September 23, 2020 6 - 7pm & September 24 at 5:30- 6pm
Option 2: October 21, 2020 12:30-1:30pm & October 22, 2020, 12:30pm - 1pm
Option 3: November 12, 2020 8:30-9:30 am & November 13, 2020, 9am-9:30am  

Anti-racist Dialogues: A Group for FSU Employees

A new group is forming on campus that aims to support and give space for FSU employees who wish to self-reflect and consider their personal role and responsibility in dismantling racism and to move this education towards effective anti-racist action at FSU and beyond. We believe that it is important for us to recognize and reflect on the ways in which white supremacy, privilege, and racism in all forms impact our students, colleagues, families, and communities. Our intention is for this group to help educate and prepare FSU employees to better support and follow the lead of Black, Indigenous, & People of Color (BIPOC) colleagues while we move FSU towards equity, through organized and informed action. More information will be sent out soon via email that outlines the objectives for this group and when our first virtual meeting will occur.  To join Anti-racist Dialogues: A Group for FSU Employees, following the link provided here to join our Microsoft Team. 

Online employee trainings are also available through EVERFI

Sessions include topics such as: Diversity and Inclusion EDU, Managing Bias, and Harassment PreventionEmployees can access these courses using the EVERFI link on the HR channel in myFramingham.  For more information or if you have difficulty accessing the courses, contact kdexter@framingham.edu. 

There are many opportunities for you to take advantage of. Our work to become truly antiracist will require us all to learn/ unlearn and change our practice to address systemic racism. We look forward to working together.