At my college, we received a Title III grant to achieve racial equity. As part of this, I was invited to be on the design team for building tools to support faculty in achieving racial equity in their classrooms. What we know for sure is that faculty are at different spaces with respect to their knowledge base around racism and its effects. For example, we know that racism is often structural rather than individual acts of racism. At the same time, our students tell us that they experience microaggressions from faculty and staff at our college. Another complex idea is that racism has no biological basis yet "race" is real and a person's race affects their lived experience in powerful ways. We also know that our tendency in mathematics is to develop color-blind approaches to improving student outcomes. Yet "lift-all-ships" approaches may not do much to improve racial equity in our field.
What are your experiences with engaging your colleagues in discussions around racial equity? What approaches have been successful in either bringing people to the table or designing strategies or practices around racial equity in mathematics?
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