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Racism, Accountability and Wellness

by Aliya Dalfen on 2023-01-12T16:00:00-05:00 in Equity & Inclusion Dialogues | Comments

On Tuesday January 24 between 1pm - 4pm, Dr Raven Sinclair will be doing a workshop on Racism, Accountability and Wellness. Learn more about how racism is perpetuated, sustained and experienced, how it operates in systems and institutions, examine coping mechanisms and learn about accountability for addressing registration during this important workshop. Register Here. 

As part of Humber's Centre for Human Rights, Equity & Inclusion Dialogue 2022-23 series, Humber Libraries is highlighting additional resources related to this session.

On Racism in Higher Education and Beyond: 

Cover ArtWhite Benevolence: Racism and Colonial Violence in the Helping Professions by Amanda Gebhard (Editor); Sheelah McLean (Editor); Verna St. Denis (Editor), 2022.
When working with Indigenous people, the helping professions --education, social work, health care and justice -- reinforce the colonial lie that Indigenous people need saving. In White Benevolence, leading anti-racism scholars reveal the ways in which white settlers working in these institutions shape, defend and uphold institutional racism, even while professing to support Indigenous people. White supremacy shows up in the everyday behaviours, language and assumptions of white professionals who reproduce myths of Indigenous inferiority and deficit, making it clear that institutional racism encompasses not only high-level policies and laws but also the collective enactment by people within these institutions. In this uncompromising and essential collection, the authors argue that white settler social workers, educators, health-care practitioners and criminal justice workers have a responsibility to understand the colonial history of their professions and their complicity in ongoing violence, be it over-policing, school push-out, child apprehension or denial of health care. The answer isn't cultural awareness training. What's needed is radical anti-racism, solidarity and a relinquishing of the power of white supremacy.– Publisher’s description.
Cover ArtOn Being Included: Racism and Diversity in Institutional Life by Sara Ahmed, 2012.
Based on personal interviews with diversity practitioners in higher education, as well as her own personal experiences, Sarah Ahmed explores institutional whiteness and shows how racism can be obscured by the institutionalization of diversity. Diversity is used as evidence that institutions do not have a problem with racism. This book offers a critique of what happens when diversity is offered as a solution. It also shows how diversity workers generate knowledge of institutions in attempting to transform them – Publisher’s description.
Cover ArtA Violent History of Benevolence: Interlocking Oppression in the Moral Economies of Social Working by Chris Chapman and A.J. Withers, 2019.
A Violent History of Benevolence traces how normative histories of liberalism, progress, and social work enact and obscure systemic violences. Chris Chapman and A.J. Withers explore how normative social work history is structured in such a way that contemporary social workers can know many details about social work’s violences, without ever imagining that they may also be complicit in these violences. Framings of social work history actively create present-day political and ethical irresponsibility, even among those who imagine themselves to be anti-oppressive, liberal, or radical.– Publisher’s description.
Cover ArtSeeing Race Again by Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw (Editor); Luke Charles Harris (Editor); Daniel Martinez HoSang (Editor); George Lipsitz (Editor), 2019.
This book challenges scholars and students to see race again. Examining the racial histories and colorblindness in fields as diverse as social psychology, the law, musicology, literary studies, sociology, and gender studies, Seeing Race Again documents the profoundly contradictory role of the academy in constructing, naturalizing, and reproducing racial hierarchy. It shows how colorblindness compromises the capacity of disciplines to effectively respond to the wide set of contemporary political, economic, and social crises marking public life today – Publisher’s description.
Cover ArtThe Equity Myth by Frances Henry; Enakshi Dua; Carl E. James; Audrey Kobayashi; Peter Li; Howard Ramos; Malinda S. Smith, 2017.
The university is often regarded as a bastion of liberal democracy where equity and diversity are vigorously promoted. In reality, the university still excludes many people and is a site of racialization that is subtle, complex, and sophisticated. This book, the first comprehensive, data-based study of racialized and Indigenous faculty members' experiences in Canadian universities, challenges the myth of equity in higher education. Drawing on a rich body of survey data, interviews, and analysis of universities' stated policies, leading scholars scrutinize what universities have done and question the effectiveness of their employment equity programs. They also make important recommendations as to how universities can address racialization and fulfill the promise of equity in the academy – Publisher’s description.
Cover ArtAnti-Racism and Decolonization in Education from an Indigenous Perspective by Christine McFarlane. In New Framings on Anti-Racism and Resistance by Joanna Newton (Volume Editor), 2017.
From a personal perspective, the author discusses how colonialization and racism have played a larger role in Indigenous peoples’ lives and questions how anti-racism and decolonization can work when colonization is still ongoing […] the author deconstructs and analyzes how anti-racism and decolonization works within academic institutions, especially when Indigenous knowledges are still relegated as inferior" – Publisher’s description.

On Anti-Racist Teaching and Strategies for Change: 

Cover ArtAnti-Racism in Higher Education by Arun Verma (Editor), 2022. 
Arising from staff and student experiences, this book offers a roadmap for senior leaders, academic and professional staff and students to build strategies, programmes and interventions that effectively dismantle racism – Publisher’s description.
Cover ArtRead This to Get Smarter: About Race, Class, Gender, Disability & More by Blair Imani, 2021.
An approachable guide to being an informed, compassionate, and socially conscious person today-from discussions of race, gender, and sexual orientation to disability, class, and beyond- from critically acclaimed historian, educator,and author Blair Imani. This essential guide is a radical but warm and non-judgmental call to arms, structured in such a way that you can read it cover to cover or start with any topic you want to learn more about. With Blair Imani as your teacher, you'll "get smarter" in no time, and be equipped to intelligently and empathetically process, discuss, and educate others on the crucial issues we must tackle to achieve a liberated, equitable world.
Cover ArtTeaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. by bell hooks, 1994. 
These classic essays, by one of America's leading black intellectuals, face squarely the problems of teachers who do not want to teach, of students who do not want to learn, of racism and sexism in the classroom, and of the gift of freedom that is, for Hooks, the teacher's most important goal – Publisher’s description.
Cover ArtPedagogy of the Oppressed (50th anniversary edition) by Paulo Freire; Donaldo Macedo (Foreword by), 2018.
"Pedagogy of the Oppressed meets the single criterion of a 'classic': it has outlived his own time and its author's. For any teacher who links education to social change, this is required reading. Freire remains the most important writer on popular education and surely the virtual founder of the perspective known as Critical Pedagogy."—Stanley Aronowitz.
Cover ArtDeveloping Anti-Racist Practices in the Helping Professions, 2022.
ISBN: 9783030954512
This book provides an interdisciplinary structure to critique existing approaches that have failed to eradicate systemic inequalities across helping professions. This timely contribution offers helping professionals sought after resources that many are clamoring for to improve their practice, their pedagogical stance, and their knowledge as it relates to antiracism and antiracist approaches. This collection of chapters that cover antiracist research, theory and practice approaches is in direct response to Kendi's (2019) call to action to examine and revise institutional policies and practices to become antiracist. Collectively this book advances existing research and resources by providing interdisciplinary strategies for helping professionals to engage in antiracism through critical evaluation of research, practice, and policies – Publisher’s description.

About the Speaker: 

Dr. Raven Sinclair is Nehiyaw, Saulteaux and Metis from George Gordon First Nation in Treaty 4, Saskatchewan. She is a Professor of Social Work at the University of Regina. She is considered one of Canada's foremost experts on the Sixties Scoop.
Resources curated by Aliya Dalfen, Humber Libraries.

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