Topic Area: DEI
We propose an information session as a report out on the activities of our AAN Learning Community from AY 2020-21: Anti-racist Approaches to Learning and Teaching with Faculty, Staff and Students. This effort is part of MSU’s learning community program organized by the Academic Advancement Network (AAN). You can read more about this learning community and others on the AAN website.
This year we created a learning community space where learners of all races and ethnicities could commit to reading, viewing, and listening to the research, creative scholarship, and voices of what our MSU campus colleagues and others have published on whiteness, social justice, and anti-racist issues. A group of over 20 faculty, graduate students, staff, and administrators from three different colleges and several administrative units spent time reflecting on our own areas of growth and what we needed to change about ourselves and our approaches to teaching and facilitating learning for others. Together we agreed on collective rules of engagement for respectful and sometimes difficult conversations where we could call each other in on issues and learn from them. We also committed to a set of individual and collective strategies where we become racial justice accomplices, envisioning a community free from racial injustice. Please join us for an interactive discussion about what we read, what we learned, and what actions we committed to undertake. We invite you to engage us, challenge us, and enhance the strategies we plan to implement during the next academic year. The panel will consist of members of the learning community.