Statement of Antiracism & Action from the Department of Curriculum and Learning
College of Education
Southern Connecticut State University
This moment of pain, grieving, and uprising against racism is the culmination of 400 years of structural, physical and symbolic violence against Black people. The Department of Curriculum and Learning stands in solidarity with Black communities, the Black Lives Matter movement, and everyone working to end police brutality and realize racial justice. We also recognize that statements of solidarity are not sufficient without action.
We acknowledge that teachers must play a critical role in disrupting racism. Teaching for racial justice includes antiracist curriculum and pedagogy as well as advocating for school-wide antiracist practices that listen to, value, and advance the hope and needs of Black students, families, and teachers.
We believe teaching is an ethical and political act. Educational scholar, Paulo Freire, reminds us that there is no apolitical classroom; if we remain silent then we are complicit. We must do the work required to end racism: listen, learn, repair, take risks, and disrupt all the ways racism shows up in our lives, communities, and schools.
Amidst the pain, we are moved by a pedagogy of hope. We are in a historical moment punctuated by two pandemics: Covid-19 and the centuries old pandemic of racism. Arundunti Roy, in her recent essay The Pandemic is a Portal, says that pandemics allow humans the opportunity to “imagine their world anew.” We, in the Department of Curriculum and Learning are committed to working in coalition with Black educators and communities toward re-imaging and co-creating antiracist schools.
We, in the SCSU Department of Curriculum and Learning, stand committed to engage in constant cycles of reflection and action to do the following:
- Acknowledge and address the ways racism operates both implicitly and explicitly within our program;
- Take action to recruit and support Black teachers;
- Create an antiracist department culture where Black professors are supported;
- Implement meaningful antiracist curriculum and pedagogy in our courses and prepare teachers to bring antiracist practices into their future classrooms.
We encourage all of our students, faculty, and members of the wider community to explore these resources (among the many others out there) that can help us all undo racism.
Resources for Educators: