What does anti-racist pedagogy mean? What does it entail? How can educators foster growth and equip students to conduct their own anti-racist work? On April 7, an interdisciplinary panel of Wake Forest faculty unpacked their theoretical and experiential understanding of anti-racist pedagogy and offered specific practices for anti-racist education. Members of the panel included Katherine A. Shaner, Associate Professor of New Testament at the Wake Forest School of Divinity, Corey D. B. Walker, Wake Forest Professor of the Humanities, and Betina Cutaia Wilkinson, Associate Professor of Politics and International Affairs and Director of the Race, Inequality and Policy Initiative (RIPI). The panel was moderated by Betsy Barre, Executive Director of the Center for the Advancement of Teaching.
To an audience of over 30 members of the Wake Forest community, the panelists explored the importance of unpacking their own biases and freely admitting to their students that they do not “own” the knowledge they impart. They also discussed best practices for engaging these topics in the classroom.
The event was sponsored by the Wake Forest School of Divinity and the Race, Inequality and Policy Initiative and funded by a departmental grant from the Program for Leadership and Character.