Resources for Anti-Racist Education
As a Catholic, Jesuit institution of higher education, we are committed to fostering a more diverse, inclusive, and equitable campus in which all members of our community feel a sense of belonging. But we know that no matter how well-intentioned we may be, both personal biases and structural race-based inequalities impede our ability to create the conditions in which all our racially and ethnically diverse stakeholders can thrive. We believe that this issue needs to be tackled from both the top down and the bottom up: we need systemic changes in the way we do business at Marquette, but we also need individuals - and particularly white faculty, staff and students - to do the hard work of looking internally, examining our own biases and behaviors, and taking steps to be better allies and advocates for change. It is not enough that we do not act in racist ways; we must become actively anti-racist in order for our vision of an inclusive campus environment to come to fruition.
Becoming anti-racist is a process. There is always more to reflect upon, discuss, incorporate into our curricula and instructional practices, and act upon in both our personal and professional lives. But these actions need to be grounded in historical context and social realities. To this end, this page serves as a repository of resources compiled and offered by various units on our campus to help guide our efforts to learn more about bias, race, and racism and plant the seeds for change from the ground up.
As Marquette's Department of Educational Policy and Leadership states, "on their own, [these resources] are not enough to dismantle the ideological, internal, interpersonal, and institutional ways of white supremacy. We know this, but still: we offer them as a starting point and as a commitment to action. Words are important but not enough. We must act every day to ensure that #BlackLivesMatter."
To contribute to this list, please contact Jacki Black, associate director for Hispanic initiatives: firstname.lastname@example.org.
On-campus learning opportunities:
- In partnership with the YWCA, the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion regularly hosts the Unlearning Racism workshop series on campus for Marquette employees. For more information about upcoming sessions, contact Jacki Black at email@example.com.
- In 2020-21, the Center for Teaching and Learning, the Women's Innovation Network, Raynor Memorial Libraries, and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion will be co-hosting a book (fiction) and film discussion series for faculty and staff around the theme of "Identity and Intersectionality". For more information, email: CTL@marquette.edu.
- The Diversity Advocate Program is a network of staff and faculty at Marquette who are committed to advocating for underrepresented students at Marquette and also addressing change on the individual, interpersonal, institutional and systemic levels. The program offers a 12-hour training that is broken up into three sections: understanding our own cultural lens, identity, biases and beliefs; recognizing interpersonal, institutional and societal systems of discrimination, racism and oppression; and learning how to be an effective advocate/ally at Marquette and within our other communities. Learn more here.
- The Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion has designed a group workshop on implicit bias meant as an introductory primer on the topic. To learn more about this opportunity, contact Jacki Black at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- The Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) offers workshops and other opportunities for faculty/instructors to explore inclusive teaching practices. For more information, visit the CTL website or email CTL@marquette.edu.
The 2020-2021 Marquette Forum, Acknowledging and Healing the Wounds of Racial Injustice, is inspired very directly by the activism of #BlackLivesMatter and the historically rooted pandemic of racism in our society, as well as the call for greater solidarity and the call for action based upon the Universal Apostolic Preferences. Visit the Forum website for information about upcoming events or, to submit a proposal for a Forum-funded event, contact William Welburn, vice president for inclusive excellence, at email@example.com.