Know the literature

Begin with reading the anti-racism literature review. It explores the best anti-racism education strategies across Canadian universities. The core themes emerging from this literature are:

  • Recognize the social effects of “race”.
  • Engage with the social effects of “race” by acknowledging the intersecting forms of social oppression.
  • Analyze the problems of white power and privilege.
  • Emphasize how educational tools and texts commonly deracialize ideas and history.
  • Acknowledge that the educational system marginalizes and delegitimizes the voices and experiences of subordinated groups.
  • Teach holistically by addressing the scope of human experience, including ecological, social, and spiritual aspects.
  • Validate diverse identities, recognizing the development of a person’s selfhood is connected to their education.
  • Pursue inclusive schooling, advancing mutual respect, collective work and collective responsibility.
  • Underscore that educational systems have historically marginalized the voices of subordinated groups by producing and reproducing race, sex, gender, and class based inequalities.
You can download the full literature review report at: Best Approaches for Anti-racism Education: A Literature Review.