We are all affected by the vocal resurgence of hate groups around the world, and the systemic racism, sexism, and ableism that persists in our structures.
We also recognize that bias and bigotry can be combined to create larger injustices for some in our society. Just as we must recognize that violence based on gender or sexual identity continues, we must also recognize that the pain can be intensified through racial bigotry as well. The combination of sexism and racism is especially apparent in health and wellbeing outcomes for Indigenous women: discrimination and the threat of violence are felt in policing, our judicial system, in our homes – and in our classrooms.
Educators know this: that’s why addressing racism and promoting anti-racist strategies is one of our federation's goals.
There are a vast number of ways to make a difference and be part of making safe, inclusive workplaces and communities. Here are just a few things you can do at the individual and collective level to make your classroom, campus, and community a safer space for all:
- Look at your curriculum: are you including works or reference to female academics, including female academics with disabilities, or female academics of colour? This is especially important if you do not identify within these groups, as promoting these academics tends to disproportionately fall to those who are themselves experiencing oppression and violence. Check out Whose Land is it Anyway? A Manual for Decolonization (free e-book).
- Do your female and/or non-binary colleagues, and/or colleagues of colour feel supported and safe in their work? How diverse are the faculty, operational staff, and management?
- If you are a member of an FPSE local, join an FPSE committee.
- Finally – make support for anti-racism and anti-discrimination part of your daily routine. If you do not see a gender or racialized group represented in the governance structures around you, ask why. You may be able to identify and help remove, a barrier that is allowing inequality to persist.