Northern Illinois University plans woke staff workshops on ‘White Fatigue’ and ‘Anti-racism’

Northern Illinois University plans woke staff workshops on ‘White Fatigue’, ‘Anti-racism’, ‘De-colonization in the classroom’

  • The Faculty of Academy of Cultural Competence and Equity will focus on access, equity, and inclusion
  • Participants will ‘undergo critical self-reflection of internalized messaging and biases’
  • They will also gain a better understanding of the ‘historical and societal context of issues related to social injustice, inequity, and oppression’ 

Northern Illinois University (NIU) is set to host a number of sessions for faculty and instructors on topics such as decolonizing teaching and learning and understanding and rethinking resistance for equity in the classroom.

The Faculty of Academy of Cultural Competence and Equity (FACCE) will focus on access, equity, and inclusion.

NIU faculty experts will speak on how to make classrooms and teaching more inclusive.

The first session for the 2023 academic year will be held on January 27 and will explore forms of resistance that can arise in classrooms, such as white guilt, white fragility and white fatigue.

The Faculty of Academy of Cultural Competence and Equity at Northern Illinois University (pictured) will focus on access, equity, and inclusion, providing educators with the opportunity to explore topics such as culturally relevant leadership skills and anti-racism

The Faculty of Academy of Cultural Competence and Equity at Northern Illinois University (pictured) will focus on access, equity, and inclusion, providing educators with the opportunity to explore topics such as culturally relevant leadership skills and anti-racism

Pictured: Northern Illinois University President Lisa C. Freeman (centre) and colleagues

Pictured: Northern Illinois University President Lisa C. Freeman (centre) and colleagues

Workshop titles include The Act of Decolonizing: Examining Classroom Spaces and Curricula Through a Lens of Justice, Anti-Racism: Tracing The Roots, Persistence, and Countering of a Racial Hierarchy, and Decolonizing Gender and Sexuality In Our Teaching and Learning Contexts.

Another workshop concentrates on ‘Working Through And With Our Implicit Biases’. 

The NIU webpage for the academy curriculum includes outlined learning objectives.

Those who partake will gain a better understanding of the ‘historical and societal context of issues related to social injustice, inequity, and oppression’. 

They will also ‘undergo critical self-reflection of internalized messaging and biases’ and ‘apply anti-racism and decolonialization as frameworks for pedagogical practice and curriculum development’.

The first session for the 2023 academic year will be held on January 27 and will explore forms of resistance that can arise in classrooms, such as white guilt, white fragility, and white fatigue

The first session for the 2023 academic year will be held on January 27 and will explore forms of resistance that can arise in classrooms, such as white guilt, white fragility, and white fatigue

NIU faculty experts will speak on how to make classrooms and teaching more inclusive

NIU faculty experts will speak on how to make classrooms and teaching more inclusive

The NIU webpage for the academy curriculum includes outlined learning objectives

 The NIU webpage for the academy curriculum includes outlined learning objectives

A Certificate of Completion for the monthly FACCE series is handed out to participants who attend seven of the Fall and Spring semester sessions, or successfully complete the 2023 Summer Academy.

At least 236 colleges or universities have some type of compulsory student training of coursework on ideas related to critical race theory (CRT), according to a database with information from more than 500 institutions.

Among those are 149 institutions that have some form of mandatory staff or faculty training, with 138 mandating school-wide curricular requirements.

In December, the University of Oregon’s student government made a proposal that would require anyone getting a bachelor’s degree to take a course in Critical Race Theory.

The school, which serves 18,604 undergrads and receives a $912.5billion endowment from the taxpayers, requires courses that teach inequality or global perspectives, but this would be the first requirement directly related to CRT.

Isaiah Boyd, a political science major and the president of the Associated Students of the University of Oregon, laid out the plan at the university board of trustees meeting.

Northern Illinois University has been contacted for comment. 

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