I’m beginning a list of resources that support anti-racist publishing and pedagogy. This list is not complete. I encourage those who are able and willing to contribute, share, and comment. Together, we can combat racism in every community, movement, and organisation. Our company’s statement on systemic racism is available on our blog, and the next newsletter (which, like our previous newsletters, is archived for future viewing) will include a list of actions people involved in the Open Education community can take to fight racism. This list is a starting point. I’m really looking forward to seeing how this list grows. I’ll update this post with links to the statement and the newsletter as soon as they’re available.
Again, I really want to stress that I encourage everyone who can contribute to do so. Fighting racism in higher education and publishing is going to take a community.
Resources for fighting racism in publishing and pedagogy
“White Academia: Do Better” by Jasmine Roberts
If I can recommend one text that everyone should read to inform their anti-racist thinking and practices, (well, I would recommend everyone read a lot more than one text) it would be Jasmine Roberts call to action “White Academia: Do Better.” It’s full of very clear actions that faculty and administrators in higher education can do right now.
Follow this hashtag on Twitter to hear accounts of experiences of Black people who work or attend institutions of higher education. I’m a huge believer in the power of personal storytelling, and these are some powerful stories.
“Pulling Together: A Guide for Indigenization of Post-Secondary Institutions; A Professional Learning Series” by BCcampus, the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training, and a steering committee Indigenous education leaders including “Indigenous education leaders from B.C. universities, colleges, and institutes, the First Nations Education Steering Committee, the Indigenous Adult and Higher Learning Association, and Métis Nation British Columbia.”
BCcampus offers a series of guides that a variety of institutions and people can use to indigenize their resources and curriculum.
“Anti-Racist Pedagogy Guide: Methods and challenges” from University of Southern California
This research guide, among others from USC, offers a good set of annotated readings.
“Canadian education is steeped in anti-black racism” by Robyn Maynard
Because Rebus Foundation is headquartered in Canada, it’s important for us to acknowledge and speak out about the racist systems that are close to home. Robyn Maynard is also the author of an excellent book on racist policing in Canada, called Policing Black Lives.
These three resources are collections of icons and stock photos that can be used to make content more representative of a diverse population.
Cite Black Women “Our Praxis” by Christen A. Smith, PhD
On the Cite Black Women website, Christen A. Smith has clearly broken down the hows and whys of dismantling “patriarchal, white supremacist, heterosexist, imperialist impetus of the neoliberal university (and its accomplices) by centering Black women’s ideas and intellectual contributions.”
“How to Cite Like a Badass Tech Feminist Scholar of Color” by Sareeta Amrute and Rigoberto Lara Guzmán
Download, read, and pass this zine around