How To Guides
By developing “How To” guides, RRAPP has grouped together a set of articles to address a specific thematic area. These guides are meant to be focused on a singular yet multifaceted issue and to provide an entry point for further exploration of the topic.
Bias: what is it and how do we unlearn it?
Bias, prejudice, stereotypes: we all have them. We are all socialized and conditioned within a US culture built on systemic oppression. But, what can we do about our biases? These articles present field-tested solutions that address bias head-on.
I’m starting a DEI initiative…now what?
Launching a racial equity or DEI initiative can be challenging, laborious, and at times, overwhelming. A good first step is to learn from others. This body of research highlights successes of existing initiatives, pointing out what works in early stages of implementation as well as what challenges might emerge in the months that follow.
Evaluating diversity programs for effectiveness
Too often for people of color, the field of evaluation does more harm than good. Historically and today, data has been sourced using oppressive methods that are not only exploitative of communities and staff of color — but are often used to support racist policies. This list provides resources for integrating equity into evaluation approaches of policies and programs, and learning from existing evaluation frameworks of diversity initiatives.
What not to do, what we know doesn’t work
Research on racial equity and antiracist institutional practice is emerging and continues to help inform the field. What conclusions can be drawn about what are effective or ineffective approaches?
Building an Antiracist University
The world of education is rife with policies and practices that perpetuate and promote racism. How do organizations with educational mandates work to recognize, understand, and address these issues?
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Anti-Racist Change: A Conceptual Framework for Educational Institutions to Take Systemic Action
An actionable conceptual framework embedding antiracist institutional changes in education. Introduction: As a result of the authors’ perception that educational institutions’ current efforts to promote racial justice are simply platitudes, the authors use this study to advocate for organizational changes within educational institutions to promote racial equity. The authors note that shifting individual behaviors does…Read More
Does Culturally Relevant Teaching Work? An Examination From Student Perspectives
DEFINITIONS Introduction Education scholars propose that culturally relevant teaching is beneficial to student learning and development. Academic research has shown that students have better academic outcomes and are more engaged in their communities when teachers incorporate race and social justice concepts into their curricula. The research that provided the groundwork for these findings regarding culturally…Read More
Accepting educational responsibility for whiteness in academic advising: moving towards anti-racist advising practices
Introduction As a front-line resource for students, academic advising plays an essential role in student success at universities and can be a determinant of success at the beginning of a student’s career. This study investigates whiteness (in the form of ideologies, behaviors, attitudes, and attributes) as a pervasive presence in academic advising that deeply disadvantages…Read More
Struggling for the anti-racist university: learning from an institution-wide response to curriculum decolonisation
Introduction In the enduring struggle to build ‘the antiracist university,’ scholars explore why this struggle to produce meaningful structural change in academia persists – and how we might imagine a path forward. In this article, Richard Hall et al. describe the long and strenuous history of university decolonization processes, which have aimed to disentangle institutional…Read More