Vision and mission

Underpinning all of the work that is done through the Anti-racist Pedagogy Project is what we call #CURespond.

This is defined as the proactive steps we are taking to survive, learn and recover in times of uncertainty and turmoil.

Crisis permeates our bodies, minds, work and interactions. It’s not a problem to solve; it is a part of our lives. Disruption and oppression are an everyday occurrence that require foundational tools to circumvent or learn to thrive within.

The Anti-Racist Pedagogy Project is a place to showcase the tools used by our peers, colleagues, and allies to overcome, live and build solidarity within crisis.

As active agents of change, the Anti-Racist Pedagogy Project encourages you to contemplate your own contribution to the crisis around you: How do you maintain it? How do you heal it? We ask to #CURespond.

The intentions, objectives and presentation of this project are grounded in the Decolonial Perspectives and Practices Hub (DPPH) values of horizontal co-creation, action-oriented pedagogy and anti-colonial pedagogy.

The DPPH is an active coalition of graduate students dedicated to fostering decolonial pedagogy through the celebration of QTBIPOC experiences and knowledges within and outside of the academy. They mobilize students, faculty, staff and stakeholders to deconstruct oppressive systems and praxis within their learning environments and forge tangible ways forward via co-creative cross-department workshops, events, local and transnational community collaborations and multimedia activism like the Anti-Racist Pedagogy Project and their podcast series presented on the Best Concordia Platform. Touching on topics like syllabus deconstruction, tension diffusion, intersectional pedagogy, a decolonial approach to digital spaces and more. The DPPH is an initiative funded by the SHIFT Centre for Social Transformation. To follow their work, visit the Facebook page.

This project is led by Jamilah Dei-Sharpe, co-founder of the Decolonial Perspectives and Practices Hub.

It is supervised by Kimberley Manning, former principal of the Simone de Beauvoir Institute (SdBI) and associate professor in the Department of Political Science.

The project also receives in-kind support from the Loyola College for Sustainability and Diversity and the Feminist Media Studio.

Statement on accessibility

Accessibility is central to our work. We have equipped the first batch of videos with English subtitles, downloadable transcriptions and image descriptions. Together with Concordia’s Canadian Research Chair of Critical Disability Studies and Media Technologies, Arseli Dokumaci and the AIM Lab (Access in-the-making), we are working towards improving the accessibility of this platform and its materials. But accessibility concerns not only the presentation and dissemination of our materials; we also want to make access a statement in our platform, and provide a model of access that can be applied and expanded in your classrooms and pedagogic practices.

We are exploring avenues to increase French content, French subtitles, sign-language interpretation and more. If you experience any technical issues, or have recommendations for how we can make this platform more accessible, please do not hesitate to contact Jamilah Dei-Sharpe, project manager (antiracist.pedagogy@concordia.ca).

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