Hello LFS TAs!
We hope the summer is treating everyone well so far. We wanted to share an opportunity to learn more about decolonization in teaching and learning environments. Please refer to the information below for details about the session.
When: Friday, June 24th from 9:30am to 12pm
What: Discussion on decolonization. This session is open to all teaching members of our community: professors, sessionals, TAs and grad students.
The term decolonization is used more and more in higher education, but has different meanings for different people and groups. What are the commonalities and differences between interpretations of the term? How does decolonization relate to our teaching? And where do we even start?
This fully online session will be roughly separated into two parts. The first half will explore related concepts and definitions, and Mapping Decolonization in Higher Education Cartography: what are some ways to think about the process of decolonization?
In the final hour, we are excited to have Dr. Vanessa Andreotti (she/hers) join us to facilitate a discussion on the complexities, challenges, and opportunities of engaging with decolonial perspectives in higher education. Dr. Andreotti is a full professor at the Department of Educational Studies at UBC. She holds a Canada Research Chair in Race, Inequalities and Global Change and is the interim director of the Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies. She was inducted into the Royal Society of Canada’s College of New Scholars, Artists and Scientists in 2019. Dr. Andreotti has recently accepted the appointment to serve as Dean, Faculty of Education at the University of Victoria and will share elements of her recent presentation for the position of Dean.
By the end of this session, participants will have a better understanding of the landscape of decolonization and possibilities for integrating perspectives into teaching spaces. We hope to see you there and actively engaged! Contact the Learning Centre for more information: email@example.com
Suggested resources for preparing for the session:
- [Reading: estimated 80 mins] Tuck, E., & Yang, K. W. (2012). Decolonization is not a metaphor. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, 1(1), 1-40.
- [Reading: estimated 36 mins] Andreotti, V., Stein, S., Ahenakew, C., Hunt, D. (2015). Mapping interpretations of decolonization in the context of higher education. Decolonization: Indigeneity, Education & Society, 4(1), 21-40.
- [Video: 12mins] The Bus within Us Methodology – an approach to develop the capacity to sit with the tensions, complexities, and contradictions that emerge when engaging with difficult material related to decolonization
Amelie and Alysha
LFS TA Training Program Coordinators