DEI Initiative Updates

Progress on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Initiatives

In February of this year, the POD Network’s Executive and Core Committees acknowledged the structural, systemic, and interpersonal racism that persists within the POD Network. At that time we knew necessary changes would not happen overnight, nor without errors and missteps along the way. But we believe that we can create an organization in which our espoused ideals—particularly our organizational commitment to equity—more closely match the lived reality of all our members. Since February, the POD Network has undertaken the following actions to support diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).

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Transforming the Classroom at Traditionally White Institutions to Make Black Lives Matter

Transforming the Classroom at Traditionally White Institutions to Make Black Lives Matter

Frank Tuitt, Chayla Haynes, Saran Stewart
In this essay, we examine seven principles of critical and inclusive pedagogies that have the potential to make Black Lives Matter in TWI classrooms and identify several implications they have for creating racially inclusive, affirming, and equitable learning environments for all students. We do this in order to share our collective understanding of the “one thing” that drives our work, which is our continued pursuit to realize education as the practice of freedom.

POD Diversity Committee White Paper: Responding to Micro-aggressions with Micro-resistance

POD Diversity Committee White Paper: Responding to Microaggressions with Microresistance

Cynthia Ganote, Floyd Cheung, Tasha Souza
Microaggressions are “brief and commonplace daily verbal, behavioral, or environmental indignities, whether intentional or unintentional, that communicate hostile, derogatory, or negative…slights and insults” (Sue et al., 2007, p. 273). Microresistance provides us with positive steps we can use to defend ourselves and/or take a stand in solidarity with our colleagues who are facing microaggressions. In this way, we can take positive action to do or say something when we or our colleagues face the effects of systemic oppression such as racism, sexism, heterosexism, and/or class inequalities.

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