The Anti-Racist Pedagogy Project showcases pre-recorded talks by Concordians as well as local community activists, students and educators that historicize and offer proactive techniques for combatting systemic racism and other forms of discrimination and exclusion. Each video represents how peoples from different intersections respond to crisis, and how we can mobilize alongside them.
Our goal is to establish a sustainable video repository of anti-racist, decolonial and social justice centered materials at Concordia University. In doing so, we will mobilize the theme #CURespond to foster a new culture in and outside the academy that is proactive amidst change and adversity.
We envision this project as a designated, virtual space at the university dedicated to advancing anti-racist work in the academy.
The database will function as a digital educational resource for its multidisciplinary and heterogeneous audience with the following objectives:
Integration into curriculum design.
Mobilizing collaborations between academics and community activists.
Connecting Concordians to social justice-minded guest lecturers that supplement individual knowledge on systemic racism.
Offer students a space for research training and development in anti-racist work as interns and Research Assistants, as well as through course assignments related to video production.
The project asks to #CURespond by collectively building a resource for teaching, learning and engagement in issues related to anti-racism.
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 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.
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 (email@example.com).