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Last updated: 8/12/22
The Center for Teaching Excellence is committed to centering equity and justice in all areas of our work. We believe that teaching and educational development should be anti-racist and anti-oppressive. It should actively work to dismantle systems and practices that marginalize Black, Indigenous, and other students and faculty of color, as well as members of other minoritized groups, in higher education spaces.
We acknowledge that we have not lived up to these commitments. Too often we have treated attention to equitable and inclusive pedagogies as a piece of our work rather than as its core, and we have not consistently promoted practices that explicitly support the work, learning, and well-being of BIPOC faculty and students.
Throughout 2021-2022, we spent considerable time revising all aspects of our work to advance equitable and antiracist organizational and educational practices. We have developed our own knowledge related to racial equity and justice, made substantial revisions to better center equity and justice in our programming, and revised policies and processes around our internal culture. Specific steps included:
In 2022-2023, we plan to continue revising our programming and practices to center racial equity and justice and develop a CTE-wide plan to assess this work. We publish this page in the interest of transparency and accountability. We commit to keeping it up to date as our revision progresses. The parallel threads of this work are as follows.
During the 2021-22 academic year, we began explicitly articulating our values and commitments to racial equity and justice in our work. We are engaged in revisions to those draft values, as well as revisions to our CTE vision and mission statements. We will publish these on our website in late Fall 2022.
We are committed to revising all CTE programs to center equity and justice, including through drawing more heavily on the work of BIPOC scholars, advocating for and modeling critical and anti-oppressive pedagogies, and designing programming that surfaces and aims to counteract the structures that have failed to serve BIPOC and other minoritized students and faculty.
For the first half of 2022, we tackled major revisions to key CTE programming and will continue to make ongoing improvements:
For the second half of 2022, we plan to focus on revising the following programs:
Much of our work as educational developers relies on core practices, including facilitation and consultation. We are also active teaching faculty, and we practice in our own classrooms the pedagogies we advocate in our programming. In both of these arenas, we recognize that disrupting whiteness, surfacing power imbalances, centering the experiences of BIPOC faculty and students, and other anti-racist practices are skills that must be developed and practiced.
During the 2021-2022 academic year, we dedicated our biweekly faculty meetings to advancing our equity and justice work, specifically in the form of developing knowledge and practices around equitable educational development, supporting our accountability with this work, and workshopping our program revisions.
To complement the initiatives focused on revisions to our programs and other participant-facing work, in our UVA Inclusive Excellence (IE) plan we emphasized revisions to better attend to equity and justice within CTE internal culture and our workplace practices, guidelines, and policies.
In this area, we have developed or revised our onboarding materials to ensure a more equitable and transparent welcome for new colleagues.
We commit to updating this page regularly; we want it to be a living account of our efforts and an honest accounting not only of what we have accomplished, but also of the lengths we know we still have to go.
We invite feedback around our equity and justice efforts and have established an internal process for responding to and learning from this feedback. Through this form, you can choose to leave feedback anonymously or request a follow-up. Alternatively, you can also email our team directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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