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Call for Working Group Members: All-University Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression Education
Office of the Chief Diversity Officers!
Express Your Interest Today!

-->For June/August Working Group, express your interest by June 11, 2021.
-->For August/October Working Group, express your interest by July 31, 2021.

Last year, the Office of the Chief Diversity Officers put forth a proposal to develop a portfolio of educational programs that would assist Tufts University in achieving its goal of ensuring that all students, faculty, and staff at the institution have access to anti-racist and anti-oppression education and training. Multiple stakeholders have expressed a desire to co-develop the curricular modules for this educational portfolio, and our office intends to leverage that interest to bring together subject matter experts across campus to develop the most innovative and cutting-edge curriculum and learning opportunities.

Overarching Program Goals
Members of the Tufts University community have consistently expressed concerns regarding the lack of awareness, teaching, and action around diversity, equity, inclusion, and justice (DEIJ) in both domestic and international contexts as well as contemporary and historical contexts. This feedback highlights the key theme of lifelong learning. In order to address the feedback that students, faculty, and staff have provided, and to ensure that we are cultivating an environment of lifelong learning within our academic community, there are two primary needs that must be addressed.

  • Need #1: Mandatory all-university anti-racist and anti-oppression workshops for students, faculty, and staff.
    • Understand functional components of DEIJ (e.g. power, oppression, privilege, etc.)
    • Develop a foundational understanding of anti-racism and anti-racist praxis
    • Be prepared with tools to engage in an informed and intentional manner to combat oppressive structures and behaviors.
  •   Need #2: Educational initiatives that prepare faculty and staff only to:
    • Understand additional operational components of DEIJ
    • Develop a better appreciation of the climate and culture at Tufts University
    •  Develop critical thinking skills around (de)colonization, both historically and contemporarily in higher education
    •  Learn concrete skills and recommendations to promote change agency practice for institutional transformation

Vision
Our vision is to develop a comprehensive portfolio of educational opportunities that prepares all students, faculty, and staff to engage in intentional, reflective, and meaningful learning and development of anti-racist and anti-oppressive praxis in their individual development, the content of their work (particularly those with decision-making power to address policies and practices), and their relationships with others on campus.

Description of Involvement Opportunity
The Office of the Chief Diversity Officers invites faculty, staff, and students to consider participation in our upcoming DEI Education Ad-hoc Working Group.  Those selected will co-develop the curriculum for this portfolio of educational programs in partnership with Tufts University’s Associate Directors of Diversity & Inclusion Education (Adriana Black & Maren Greathouse). This group will meet weekly for 90 minutes through the duration of the project and should expect to do roughly 1-2 additional hours of work outside of meetings each week.

Qualifications: We are looking for a combination of 12 students, faculty, and staff to collaborate on this Ad-hoc working group. Individuals who express interest should have personal and professional interest in DEIJ work, hold significant subject matter expertise with DEIJ curriculum and pedagogy, and be willing to work collaboratively to develop six educational trainings (details below). Individuals will be chosen based on the aforementioned qualities, and attention will be paid to assembling a diverse and dynamic team. Women and BIPOC faculty, staff, and students are strongly encouraged to consider. Express your interest on this form!

Educational Curriculum Components

  • Mandatory DEIJ Education Module & Debrief (June 17-August 15, 2021)
    A two-part educational module (offering #1) that will be required of all faculty, staff, and students. This includes a 2-hour self-paced online module to be delivered this fall, and a 3-hour in-person seminar to follow starting in Spring 2022. Learning outcomes are detailed at the end of this invitation. Deadline to express interest in working on the Mandatory DEIJ Education Module and Debrief is June 11, 2021.

    • June 17, 11:30-1pm
    • June 24, 11:30-1pm
    • July 1, 11:30-1pm
    • July 8, 11:30-1pm
    • July 15, 11:30-1pm
    • July 22, 11:30-1pm
    • July 29, 11:30-1pm
    • August 5, 11:30-1pm
    • August 12, 11:30-1pm
  • Justice, Equity, and Change Agent Certificate Program- Core Curriculum (August 16-October 31, 2021)
    Educational offerings #2-6 will be optional offering for faculty and staff as part of the eight-part Justice, Equity, and Change Agent Certificate Program through the Office of the Chief Diversity Officers. While faculty and staff are welcome to take any number of these workshops, it is strongly encouraged that faculty and staff participate in all offered components of the certificate program. Learning outcomes are detailed at the end of this invitation. Deadline to express interest in working on the DEIJ Certificate Program is July 31, 2021.

    • August 19, 11:30-1pm
    • August 26, 11:30-1pm
    • September 2, 11:30-1pm
    • September 9, 11:30-1pm
    • September 16, 11:30-1pm
    • September 23, 11:30-1pm
    • September 30, 11:30-1pm
    • October 7, 11:30-1pm
    • October 14, 11:30-1pm
    • October 21, 11:30-1pm
    • October 28, 11:30-1pm

What to Expect
This working group will begin meeting weekly from June 1-October 31st, 2021. Should you be selected to participate in the working group, you will collaborate with other members of the committee to produce the following materials:

  • Preparatory Readings for Facilitators: A small list of preparatory readings chosen specifically to prepare facilitators to present the content.
  • Lesson Plan: A step-by-step lesson plan that can be easily followed by a facilitator to deliver the content.
  • Relevant Media/Visual Aids: Visual and media materials that enhance the presentation of materials
  • Pedagogical Guidance, if necessary: Learning theories, instructional strategies, and other pedagogical tools

Stipend
To convey our appreciation for required expertise, time, and personal investment, we intend to provide individuals who work on co-creating the curriculum for these learning modules. Those chosen to support this ad hoc working group will receive a $500 stipend.

Description of Each Educational Opportunity

  • Educational Topic #1: Tufts University Introduction to Anti-Racism and Anti-Oppression
    What: Two-hour, self-paced educational module followed by a 3 hour in-person seminar (mandatory)
    Who: Students, faculty, staff (mandatory)
    When: Fall 2021 through Summer 2023, on-going
    Where: Part 1 Online, Part 2 In-Person (based on COVID-19 guidance)
    Suggested Learning Outcomes (Includes, but not limited to, the items below):

    •  Learn about unconscious/implicit bias
    • Learn about social identities such as race, ethnicity, class, sexual orientation, gender, and other identities, and how these identities create bolsters versus barriers
    • Appreciate the experiences of those who experience barriers based on their identity markers and how that manifests in the campus setting
    •  Prepare participants with skills to be strong advocates for allies to their peers founded in action
    •  Inform participants of the resources available to them on campus, should they need support or guidance
  • Educational Topic #2: Microaggressions
    What: one to two-hour long sessions (optional)
    Who: Staff, faculty
    When: Fall 2021 through Spring 2022, ongoing
    Where: Online & In-Person (based on COVID-19 guidance)
    Suggested Learning Outcomes (this included, but is not limited to, the items below)

    •  Learn the connection between implicit bias and microaggressions
    • Distinguish between the three types of microaggressions and underlying themes and the role of dominant narratives and tropes
    • Explore the impact of intersectionality on microaggressive experiences
    • Examine the impact of microaggressions on individual experiences
    • Evaluate how participants collude with or challenge oppressive behaviors in the higher education setting.
  • Educational Topic #3: From Ally to Accomplice to Co-Conspirator: Practicing Solidarity
    What: one to two-hour long sessions (optional)
    Who: Staff, faculty
    When: Fall 2021 through Spring 2022, ongoing
    Where: Online & In-Person (based on COVID-19 guidance)
    Suggested Learning Outcomes (this included, but is not limited to, the items below)

    • Define the differences between ally, accomplice, and co-conspirator
    • Differentiate between diversity and inclusion and justice and equity
    • Role model what real accountability and action look like in practice when stepping up for fellow colleagues
    • Create a personal stop/start/continue contract
  • Educational Topic #4: Campus Climate and Culture
    What: one to two-hour long sessions (optional)
    Who: Staff, faculty
    When: Fall 2021 through Spring 2022, ongoing
    Where: Online & In-Person (based on COVID-19 guidance)
    Suggested Learning Outcomes (this included, but is not limited to, the items below)

    • Understand the tenets and differences between campus climate and campus culture
    • Understand the components of campus climate
    • Explore the climate at Tufts University for underrepresented groups (faculty, staff, students)
    • Identify strategies for navigating long-standing campus culture with the need to remedy issues related to current campus climate
  • Educational Topic #5: Dismantling & Decolonizing Systemic Oppression in Higher Education
    What: one to two-hour long sessions (optional)
    Who: Staff, faculty
    When: Fall 2021 through Spring 2022, ongoing
    Where: Online & In-Person (based on COVID-19 guidance)
    Suggested Learning Outcomes (this included, but is not limited to, the items below)

    • Examine the differences between Equity vs Equality
    • Shift Thinking from the Center to the Margins with Margin Theory
    • Share experiences on how aspects of oppression, imperialist, and colonizer culture have manifested themselves in everyone’s academic life
  • Educational Topic #6: Change Agent Leadership
    What: one to two-hour long sessions (optional)
    Who: Staff, faculty
    When: Fall 2021 through Spring 2022, ongoing
    Where: Online & In-Person (based on COVID-19 guidance)
    Suggested Learning Outcomes (this included, but is not limited to, the items below)

    • Definition of Change Agency
    • Examine their leadership style and its relationship to change agency (positional leadership vs leading from within)
    • Training on working with diverse teams
    • Training on how to have difficult conversations
    • Practice various facilitation, moderation, and mediation techniques