“Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies and practices and attitudes, so that power is redistributed and shared equitably.”
-- NAC International Perspectives: Women and Global Solidarity
College of DuPage Antiracism Action Initiative
The COD Anti-Racism Action Initiative brings together members of the COD Community seeking to improve conversations about race, racism, and oppression in the classroom and across campus.
CODARAI began as an offshoot of the 2019 Summer Reading Seminar, Teaching Race. In that 8-week class, we read Stephen Brookfield’s Teaching Race: How to Help Unmask and Challenge Racism as the central text for examining race, racism, and racial justice in our classrooms. We participated in action research, contributed to the facilitation of discussions; and collaborated in the development of a resource bibliography which became the Anti-racism Resource Guide.
At the end of the 8-weeks, we all agreed that we wanted to continue and expand the conversation, so we co-formed CODARAI. During our first year, we held once-a-month meet-ups where we shared our experiences and updated each other on our action research and the antiracism work that we do in our classes and departments. CODARAI meet-ups - whether virtual or face-to-face - are a space for reflection and connection.
Faculty, staff, and administrators are invited to join the conversation in the CODARAI Blackboard Organization - a virtual affinity space with a discussion board and a distribution list for sending emails about events, recommended reading, and other opportunities.
For more information about the COD Anti-Racism Action Initiative or this resource guide, please contact Jennifer Kelley at firstname.lastname@example.org