The University of Rhode Island sponsored a “Social Justice in Higher Education” conference, with speakers discussing topics such as “White Accountability,” “Addressing Microaggressions,” and more.
The conference was put on Wednesday by the New England College Personnel Association, with the University of Rhode Island being a co-sponsor. The focus of this year’s conference is specifically promoting “social justice education” and giving schools tips on how to educate students better on “anti-oppressive, liberatory, and critical frameworks,” according to the description.
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The conference hosted various sessions based on social justice education, such as the following:
“The Cost of Inclusion: Addressing the Class Struggle When Engaging Students Outside the Classroom”
“Supporting a Culture of White Accountability on Campus”
“When the Conversation Gets Quiet — 10 Ways to Facilitate Discussions on Sensitive Social Justice Issues with First Year Students”
“Enacting Racial Justice on Campus by Effectively Addressing Microaggressions”
“What is our social justice responsibility in teaching white students to become civically engaged?”
“Lessons in Allyship: Engaging White Colleagues in Anti-Racist Professional Development Efforts”
“Supporting a Culture of White Accountability on Campus” was hosted by Trish Moran and Emma Johnson, both graduate students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. The session seeks to describe how white persons’ accountability groups (WPAGs) are a force against racism.
Quoting author Beverly Daniel Tatum, the session description states that these groups “allow people to speak with more candor and honesty than is generally possible in mixed-race groups, avoid possibility of White people retraumatizing POCs, [and help] White people to get past feelings of guilt and shame and move into space of acceptance, where more effective ally work is possible."
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Another session at the conference asks “What is our social justice responsibility in teaching white students to become civically engaged?”
That session poses a ke
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