Upcoming A-RTL Workshops and Events

Sessions are offered in a way that supports scaffolded learning. Each A-RTL workshop guides participants through personal reflection, interactive discussion, and other engaging activities. By participating in A-RTL programming, educators can expect to:

  • Develop an understanding of key anti-racist topics such as power, privilege, positionality, allyship, solidarity, and oppression. Gain awareness of how to cultivate teaching and facilitation practices that support anti-racist solidarity
  • Understand how to create equitable and supportive learning environments for students who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour
  • Adopt anti-racist frameworks and pedagogies in teaching and learning contexts at UBC
  • Identify anti-racist practices that they can implement in their role at UBC
  • Understand how to shape the learning environment to center student experiences
  • Recognize how the institution impacts students, staff, and faculty who identify as Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour
  • Learn how to counter the impact of institutional systems at UBC in order to advance anti-racism

We welcome participants from a broad spectrum of existing knowledge and experiences, whether they are starting their anti-racist journey or have a deep understanding of anti-racism; all are welcome.

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Identity Matters: Connecting Power, Privilege, and Bias to Anti-Racism Work

September 27, 2023

This session is a blend of asynchronous and synchronous components.

This workshop has been designed for instructors who are interested in joining conversations about anti-racism and looking for an entry point to their learning journey. This session introduces fundamental concepts such as power, privilege, and positionality, and supports participants as they integrate these fundamental concepts into their teaching and learning practices.

Synchronous component

During this workshop, participants will:

    • Engage in conversation on concepts introduced in the module
    • Share their insights from the online module
    • Extend their learning into teaching and learning contexts

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Anti-Racism and Solidarity in University Settings

October 12, 2023

This foundational workshop offers participants an overview of key concepts related to race, racism and systems of oppression, and explores anti-racist practices through a lens of solidarity and allyship in university settings. We situate our concepts in current events, and we look at how racism shows up at UBC. We will also discuss anti-racist practices that support students, faculty, and staff who identify as Black, Indigenous, or People of Colour. In this workshop, we begin by grounding ourselves in our goals as educators and framing our own motivation for engaging in this work. The workshop is a combination of presentation slides, reflective activities, and interactive small group discussions.

During this workshop, participants will:

      • Gain a richer understanding of key anti-racist concepts, literature, and resources
      • Critically reflect on the impacts of language and terminology
      • Consider your roles and responsibilities in the university
      • Explore how to embed anti-racist practices in your context

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Navigating Emotional Responses in the Classroom

October 26, 2023

This workshop recognizes that emotions are part of the classroom climate. Instructors are tasked with the complex role of navigating their own emotions in the classroom, while also recognizing the emotions of their students and determining the best way to support them. The significance of this role is particularly prevalent when discussing topics surrounding race, racialization, and racism. This session will explore how emotions and our perceptions of emotions can shape the classroom environment (both for students and educators) when navigating anti-racist teaching and learning. The intention is for participants to leave with an increased capacity to interact with emotional responses as points of pedagogical and relational engagement.

During this workshop, participants will:

      • Explore common phrases and behaviours that can have detrimental impacts on learners with equity-deserving backgrounds.
      • Use anti-oppressive frameworks, intervention models, and practical tools to deconstruct harmful phrases and behaviours, their roots, and ways to address them.
      • Learn how to recognize and interrupt harmful phrases, thought patterns, and/or behaviours.
      • Understand how to leverage their own positionality and power as educators to address harmful behaviours in learning environments

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Exploring Complex Classroom Dynamics Using Case Studies

In this workshop we will explore complex classroom dynamics, such as microaggressions and tensions when students have conflicting world views. Drawing from select Open Case Studies at UBC that highlight Indigenous student experiences in diverse classrooms, participants will work in breakout groups to unpack the scenarios and discuss how they resonate with our current classroom contexts and climates.

During this workshop, participants will:

      • Apply what they have learned to their analysis of cases and come up with practical strategies.
      • Extend their learning into teaching and learning contexts.
      • Reflect on how the concepts addressed impact students in classroom.


Other anti-racism events taking place at UBC

Anti-Racism events taking place at UBC are shared on the Anti-Racism and Inclusive Excellence at UBC website.

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