DEI Collective Learning Series: Critical Race Theory


Feb 22, 2022 1:00 PM to 2:00 PM

Holloway Hall


Virtual Session from 6 to 7 p.m. via Zoom Link


Each month the School of Education and Human Development's Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) will engage faculty and staff in learning focused on DEI. The monthly series will have four parts:

Read: Short and impactful articles, chapters, or blogs to help frame the topic for the month (Week 1).

Watch/Listen: Watch a pre-recorded presentation, YouTube recordings, and/or listen to a podcast focused on the topic for the month (Week 2).

Write: Journal, write reflections, and respond to prompts/questions based on the "read" and "watch/listen" for the month reading and recording (Week 3).

Engage: Participate in an on-Grounds session, which may include presentations from authors from the readings, presenters from the pre-recorded session or podcast, an expert on the topic of the month, as well as opportunities to connect and converse with members of our community around the month’s topic. (Week 4).

The DEI Collective Learning Series is intentionally framed in this way to allow faculty and staff to build a shared understanding of topics and concepts (read and watch/listen) before engaging. February’s DEI Collective Learning Series will focus on Critical Race Theory. While race is socially constructed, the impact of systematic racism in the United States is evident in housing, education, health care, and the penal system (to name just a few examples). Critical Race Theory provides a framework through which to examine these vast inequities. In the span of less than 18 months, Critical Race Theory has gone from a legal framework to a household term, but what is it exactly? How did it make the leap from academia to local school board meetings? What does it have to do with education?

Join us for February’s Collective Learning Series on Critical Race Theory, where we will explore what this framework means on a national and local level, as well as for all of us at EHD.  Download the flyer here, follow this link to RSVP, and if you have any questions, please reach out to ehdodei@virginia.edu.