What is Anti-Racist Pedagogy?
In this short video, FCIP Co-Director Bridget Colacchio provides a brief introduction to Anti-Racist Pedagogy.
At the Faculty Center for Ignatian Pedagogy, we understand Anti-Racist Pedagogy (ARP) as both a framework and process (grounded in an intersectional approach) of eradicating systematic injustices by raising one’s awareness about race and racism towards the purpose of acting against injustices and racial power inequities. In academia, ARP is not just a practice of how we teach our learners or design our instruction; as theorist Kyoko Kishimoto argues, that is only the beginning. Kishimoto maintains that antiracist pedagogy “begins with the [instructor’s] awareness and self-reflection of their social position and leads to application of this analysis in their teaching, but also in their discipline, research, and departmental, university, and community work" (Kishimoto 2018).
ARP, then, is an organizing effort for institutional and social change that requires continuous critical self-reflection, lifetime learning, and improvement. Here on our website and in our programs, practices, workshops, and trainings, you will find a wealth of resources concerning the strategies, tactics, and various modes of application of anti-racist pedagogy (in and outside of the instructional space). ARP is a holistic perspective that confronts racism and aims at transforming the individual and the structures within which they operate and is implementable in any instruction, irrespective of its content, as antiracist pedagogy is premised upon how one teaches.