Unconscious Bias: When Good Intentions Aren’t Enough, by Sarah E. Fiarman. Educational Leadership, November 2016 | Volume 74 | Number 3.
“Deep-rooted biases hinder our best intentions. Learn how to recognize and address them.” A longer (5 pages) article that goes through a number of unconscious ways in which inequities can be perpetuated, and that challenges us all to hold each other accountable to make change.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie delivers a Ted Talk about growing up in Nigeria with British (& white) cultural values, expectations, and stereotypes.
“The problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”
“How to make your social justice events accessible to the disability community” (2017)
A general list that also applies to classroom spaces also. Good for engendering some reflection on taken for granted practices that perpetuate ableism and problematic ideas about disability.
Peggy McIntosh, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack” 1989
A well-known and oft-quoted and referred to piece in which McIntosh lists a number of examples of “white privilege,” focusing in on the idea of privilege as reflected in structures and practices around her. While not specific to teaching, many of the examples she lists are the kinds of everyday things many people do, both in the classroom and outside of it.
Dina Gilio-Whitaker, “Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack of Settler Privilege” November 08, 2018
An article that clearly refers back to Peggy McIntosh’s “white privilege” article, with another list of examples that while not specific to teaching, again highlight everyday things many people do, in and out of the classroom, that bear rethinking.
“How to do a territorial acknowledgement” by Jordan Mae Cook. Folio.ca. January 2019
A short piece that offers some guidance to faculty (or anyone) who wants to do a territorial acknowledgement (in a syllabus, for instance), but doesn’t know how or where to go from there.
“Is there space for Indigenous knowledge in academia?” Unreserved episode, CBC, Feb. 2018 (46 min).
A 46 min episode of the CBC show Unreserved. Feel free to comment on all of it if you like–but our focus here is especially on the first interview.
A really good resource; several short interviews addressing different aspects of this question. Especially interesting for many profs is probably the first interview with a student talking about being singled out in classes and the behaviours and practices of other students and professors
“Politicising ‘Diversity’ inside the White Male Academic Powerhouse.” DIS/CONTENT. 2015.
A short piece that is about the Netherlands but applicable to Canada too; it thinks about how addressing the lack of diversity in academia requires looking at both representation and knowledge.