In the face of so many current challenges, teachers may feel overwhelmed at the thought of engaging in antiracist work, or they may be discouraged by seemingly slow progress. This article presents present a narrative of building and maintaining an antiracist research coalition across departments at our university. By grounding our work in the important work of key black scholars, we describe our process of naming whiteness, inviting collaboration, grappling with definitions, and even identifying a few small victories along the way. Members of our group contribute their voices and perspectives from across the past two years of developing our antiracist research coalition. We hope that as we tell our story, fellow teachers and scholars are encouraged that building a sustainable research group that focuses on a local context is possible, and that even the smallest-seeming progress is forward-motion.
Varty, Nicole L.G.; Jankens, Adrienne; Jimenez, Linda; Lindner, Anna; and Krupansky, Mariel
"Building Sustainable Antiracist Coalition: Developing a Research Team for Studying Diverse Language and Literacy Practices at the University,"
Language Arts Journal of Michigan:
1, Article 9.
Available at: https://doi.org/10.9707/2168-149X.2353