Check Your Privilege: Antiracism School

The Office of Diversity and Inclusion invites you to apply to participate in the KSU Check Your Privilege: Antiracism School (CYPAS). The program provides a valuable skill development opportunity for students, faculty and staff who want to increase their knowledge and skills around anti-racism work. It offers participants an opportunity to move from non-racist thinking to anti-racist actions while connecting and engaging with other members of the campus community who are prepared to engage with anti-racism work.

CYPAS is semester-long initiative with a faculty and staff track. The cohort will be limited to twenty participants each semester. You must register online. The registration deadline for spring semester faculty/staff cohort is Friday, March 5, 2021.

Once you have registered, KSU's CDO and DCDO will review all registration materials and select and confirm participants by Friday, March 12.

The Goals:

The Check Your Privilege: Antiracism School (CYPAS) seeks to:

  • Develop understanding of racism and its' components
  • Develop of understanding of the impact of racism on the person, institution, and society
  • Equip participants with skills to dismantle racism

The Antiracism School consists of 6 sessions, offered each semester. The program expectations are outlined below:

Expectations:

Participants in the CYPAS must commit to a series of workshops and programs throughout the semester. If you are confirmed to participate, you must attend all scheduled sessions in their entirety. The Program requirements are as follows:

Workshop Sessions:

  1. The History of Systematic Racism
  2. Understanding Privilege
  3. Racial Justice on Campus: What It Looks and Feels Like
  4. Silenced Voices
  5. Unlearning Racist Behavior
  6. Allyship

Format:

  • Faculty/Staff cohort of 20 (confirmed registrants)
  • Six (6) sessions will be offered for Faculty/Staff during the semester

Spring 2021

Workshop Session Descriptions

Session I: The History of Systematic Racism – This workshop will examine the history of racism and how it informs where we are today. Institutions such as the American educational system, federal laws and supreme court decisions, as well as how race is actualized in the United States will be covered. This engaging, interactive session will draw upon a range of sources and invite attendees to be active participants in the discussion. Participants are asked to begin reading the book How to Be An Antiracist, in preparation for the workshop session.

Session II: Understanding Privilege – This workshop will provide an overview of what privilege is and who benefits from it in American society. In addition, we will examine its relationship to higher education, economics, employment, laws, and the enforcement of laws. The session will engage participants in developing a holistic understanding of privilege and its relationship to power. Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack by Peggy McIntosh and personal stories to develop ways to undo oppression within systems of power and privilege. Participants are asked to begin reading the article Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack and continue reading the book How to Be An Antiracist, in preparation for the workshop session.

Session III: Racial Justice on Campus: What It Looks Like and Feels Like – This workshop is designed to explore why race is still an issue in higher education and contextualize the role it plays in how access is provided, forms of discrimination, scholarship opportunities, financial aid, language within the classroom and academic pedagogy. Participants are asked to continue reading the book How to Be An Antiracist, in preparation for the workshop session.

Session IV: Silenced Voices – This workshop will look at how we can make space for identities that tend to get silenced or overlooked in antiracism practices. Moreover, the workshop will discuss approaches to practices that are inclusive through symbolism, holidays, locations for prayers, perceptions of low income and first-generation students, students who are parents, students with disabilities, and international students. Participants are asked to continue reading the book How to Be An Antiracist, in preparation for the workshop session.

Session V: Unlearning Racist Behavior – During this workshop participants will explore what they know and believe about race through assessments and exercises. Furthermore, the workshop will explore what an antiracist education looks like and the what the role of individuals, colleges and universities looks like in this context. Participants are asked to complete the Implicit Association Test and continue reading the book How to Be An Antiracist, in preparation for the workshop session.

Session VI: Allyship – This workshop will examine the concept of allyship and what it means to be an antiracist ally. Prior to the workshop, participants will take the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI) to assesses their cultural competency skills—the capability to shift cultural perspective and appropriately adapt behavior to cultural differences and commonalities. During the workshop, we will go over the results of a combined group IDI profile of all workshop participants. Participants are asked to complete the IDI Assessment and continue reading the book How to Be An Antiracist, in preparation for the workshop session

Spring Session Dates

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    Faculty/Staff Workshops
  • Session I

    Friday, March 19

    11:30am-1:00pm

  • Session II

    Friday, March 26

    11:30am-1:00pm

  • Session III

    Friday, April 2

    11:30am-1:00pm

  • Session IV

    Friday, April 9

    11:30am-1:00pm

  • Session V

    Friday, April 16

    11:30am-1:00pm

  • Session VI

    Friday, April 23

    11:30am-1:00pm

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