Designing and Building Institutional Anti-Racist Spaces

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  • Introduction
    • Welcome to Wesleyan University and JusticeEquityDesign's Designing & Building Institutional Antiracist Spaces (D-BIAS)! You are here because you are interested in more than the usual one-and-done diversity workshops. You understand, or at least suspect, that to make real change in society, we must look at the deeper roots of inequity. By taking this course, you will learn a set of tools and a framework that you can adapt to your own institution and set change in motion. You will need a notebook (online or paper and pencil) so that you can record your thoughts, as you work through the course. At the end you will be ready to train others to use this methodology either on your own or in further partnership with JED. The work we are about to undertake is hard work, but ultimately, it is the most rewarding work. The world will be a better place for your contribution.
  • Putting Theory into Practice
    • We have taught or refreshed your knowledge of a series of skills and concepts in the chapters so far. Now we are going to help you apply them.
  • Shifting Narratives: Looting, Rioting or Protesting?
    • In the following chapters you'll learn some more techniques and read some more relevant history. We'll show you how poetry can be a powerful tool in this work and end with another peer assessed project.
  • Putting your knowledge into action
    • You've learned facts, concepts, vocabulary and tools that will allow you to look at your own institution an analyze both what needs to change, and how to change it. We'll walk you through how to do it.