Becoming an Anti-Racist Educator

Anti-Racist Teaching

DCAL recognizes the importance of diversity and inclusion in teaching effectiveness and believes that in order to have an equitable teaching environment for all students, instructors must commit to being anti-racist educators and actively combat racism in their classrooms. We encourage all members of Dartmouth's scholar-educator community to examine their biases, assumptions, values and expectations of students and center students of color and other marginalized groups in course design, pedagogy, and course content. 


In her article "How to Be an Antiracist Educator" Dena Simmons recommends these actions for instructors to take in their commitment to anti-racist teaching:

  • Engage in Vigilant Self-Awareness

  • Acknowledge Racism and the Ideology of White Supremacy

  • Study and Teach Representative History

  • Talk About Race with Students

  • When You See Racism, Do Something


Not sure where to start?
This Scaffolded Anti-Racist Resources guide has a progression of texts, videos and articles to begin learning from a variety of starting points.

Resources at Dartmouth
The Office of Pluralism and Leadership (OPAL) strives to foster a Dartmouth where all students can thrive, value difference, and contribute to the creation of a socially just world. For undergraduate students interested in engaging with OPAL's work, programs include community-based mentoring programs, celebrations such as Black Legacy Month and Pride, and social justice education programs. OPAL Assistant Deans also offer 1:1 and student group advising and welcome referrals from colleagues and campus partners.  

The Office of Institutional Diversity & Equity (IDE) is focused on supporting, assisting, and enhancing Dartmouth's commitment to learning and pluralism. They are committed to encouraging the campus community to develop a deeper understanding of issues related to diversity, inclusion, and belonging.  As such, they welcome the opportunity to conduct workshops and facilitate conversations for campus community members, discussing matters concerning implicit bias, actionable allyship, power dynamics, cultural competency in the classroom, and more.


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This list curated from those made by: Plymouth State, College of DuPage, USC Libraries, Wheaton College, NYU, Stanford, Tufts, ACLU, University of Michigan, University of Virginia