Race Matters: Dialogue for Teachers, Teacher Candidates, and Teacher Educators
A Year of Teacher Education Event organized by Ryuko Kubota and Annette Henry (LLED)
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
4:30–6:30 pm (Panel discussion followed by reception)
Room 310, Neville Scarfe Building, UBC
In our multicultural society, the word and the concept of “race” is often hidden and substituted by more familiar terms such as language and culture. However, when we begin to closely examine which racialized groups are more advantaged than others, it becomes clear that race—intersecting with gender, language, religion, nationality, and socioeconomic status—does matter in shaping everyday experiences of teachers and students as well as institutional structures and practices.
Featuring a panel of teachers who will share their everyday experiences, this event invites teachers, teacher candidates, and teacher educators to examine race, racialization, and racism in educational contexts and to explore how teacher education can promote antiracist practices.
A small-group discussion will allow the audience to explore the issues further. An informal reception will follow. Everyone is welcome.
Focus and purpose:
Discussions on race and racism in schools are often avoided in public discourse. Contemporary liberal multiculturalism also tends to substitute race with more familiar terms such as language and culture. However, a close examination of which racialized groups have more access to power than others leads us to an understanding that race does matter. Issues of race further intersect with gender, language, religion, socioeconomic status, and so on and shape everyday experiences of teachers and students as well as institutional structures and practices.
This event encourages teachers, teacher candidates, and teacher educators to engage in a dialogue that explicitly sheds light on race, racialization, and racism in educational contexts in order to recognize that these issues do matter and explore ways to build more equitable relations among different racialized groups. The event presents a panel discussion among in-service teachers who share their own stories of their professional experiences and engage in a dialogue. Audience will be invited to further explore the issues in a small-group discussion. The evening will end with a social opportunity for all participants to interact with each other over snacks and drinks.
- Raise participants’ awareness about issues of race and racism in schools
- Examine how issues of race are manifested in multifaceted ways
- Explore ways to promote anti-racist education and educational practices in schools.
For more information, please visit yte.educ.ubc.ca/feb-19-race-matters-dialogue-for-teachers-teacher-candidates-and-teacher-educators/ .