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Anti-Racism Work of Africana Studies' Chanelle Wilson Highlighted by 'Newsweek'

May 12, 2021

The anti-racism work of Chanelle Wilson, director of the Africana Studies program and assistant professor of education, was highlighted in a recent Newsweek article.

Wilson has conducted webinars and workshops about teaching in an anti-racist and decolonial way in about 10 schools since September. Those universities include Penn State, Washington and Lee, University of Colorado-Boulder, and the University of Kansas. 

From the article:

"We're using the same system that we didn't even create. There are ways that could be more just," said Wilson, noting that people may be striving for anti-racism but still operating in a racist system. "I'm trying to work with other faculty and grad students on looking at the way that we can uncover unjust systems and recognizing we can do something about it."

Wilson's recent webinar presented to Penn State educators on April 28 was entitled "Is My Syllabus Oppressive? An Introduction to Critical Review and Revision." The webinar was meant to provide "background information necessary for participants to begin to establish an anti-racist and decolonial education practice" with an objective to "promote reflection among the participants on their own positionality and practice and to engage them in thinking about the steps needed to deconstruct and reconstruct their own pedagogy and curricula in equitable, just, and inclusive ways."

At Bryn Mawr, in addition to her research and teaching in the Africana studies and education programs, Wilson is an active member of the Coalition for Anti-Racist Literacy at Bryn Mawr College.

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