Learning Circle: Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Process in HE
Led by Dr Meleisa Ono-George and Dr Anil Awesti
Various reports on student attainment and experience in Higher Education has shown a clear and substantial difference in the attainment, progression and overall experience of students who identify as Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) compared to those who identify as White. It is now widely accepted that the disparity in outcome and experience reflected in this research cannot be attributed to any kind of cultural deficit among BAME students, but is the direct result of practices and processes within the University itself that disadvantage specific communities of BAME students. One specific area of concern has been the way teaching practice, content and environment contributes negatively to BAME student experience and attainment.
Participants in this learning circle will:
- Systematically review and critically appraise research and initiatives across the sector relevant to BAME experiences and attainment in HE.
- Identify areas of teaching and learning across the university that negatively contributes to BAME experience and recommendations for improvement or change
- Produce guidance for teaching and professional services staff on creating anti-racist and inclusive learning environments and support
- Explore ways anti-racist pedagogy can be embedded across departments in the university
The aim of this learning circle is to inform institutional deliberations on issues of BAME student experience and attainment, as it relates to teaching and learning, and the creation of inclusive classrooms through the engagement and practice of anti-racism.
The learning circle has successfully applied for WIHEA funding for two events over the coming months:
- A whole day in one of the University's conference facilities on 25 June 2019 to Develop Guidance on Embedding Anti-racist Pedagogy in Teaching and Learning at Warwick The key objectives of the event are to develop:
- A document that sets out key areas in the university practices and processes that negatively impact the experiences of students of colour.
- Guidance on ways staff in various roles can make changes in these areas and embed anti-racist pedagogy.
- Recommendations of readings/reports and for future steps.
- A two day, overnight Away Day in Madingley Hall, Cambridge to Develop the Anti-racist Training Programme
Funding is limited for both events so numbers are capped at 20 people for the University event and 10 people for Cambridge. In order to ensure fairness, members of the learning circle are asked to submit a statement of interest and contribution for both events.