Anti-racism education

Equity and Human Rights (EQHR) is collaborating with university partners to combat racism by creating educational programs that address the societal and systemic attitudes that perpetuate inequities.

EQHR honours all those challenging established norms and helping to dismantle barriers to equity. We acknowledge that anti-racism education has often been the labour of marginalized individuals who have faced systemic barriers throughout their work. EQHR is committed to share in this work and through this project seeks to advance an intersectional approach to institutional anti-racist education.

To develop a systematic approach to anti-racism education at UVic, we first conducted a literature review exploring the best strategies at other universities.

As described in the review, anti-racism education commonly seeks to

  1. recognize the social effects of “race” 
  2. engage with the social effects of “race” by acknowledging the intersections of all forms of social oppression
  3. analyze the problems of White power and privilege 
  4. emphasize that curricula and educational texts commonly deracialize ideas and history
  5. acknowledge that the educational system marginalizes and delegitimizes the voices and experiences of subordinated groups
  6. teach holistically by addressing the scope of human experience, including ecological, social, and spiritual aspects 
  7. validate diverse identities, recognizing that the development of selfhood is connected to education
  8. pursue inclusive schooling, advancing mutual respect, collective work and collective responsibility
  9. underscore that educational systems have historically marginalized the voices of subordinated groups by producing and reproducing racial-, gender-, sex- and class-based inequalities.

You can download the full review  Best Approaches for Anti-Racism Education: A Literature Review.

If you would like to be part of the initiative, please contact:

Moussa Magassa
Human Rights Advisor – Education
Equity and Human Rights