Promoting Inclusive Learning Through Reimagining Higher Education: Institutionalizing Anti-racist Curriculum and Pedagogy at a Leading Community College (E/SI)

April 25, 2023 | 11:30 am - 12:30 pm

Stream: Embracing Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
Location: 519

This presentation outlines how a Reimagine Higher Education Team approached the creation of a more equitable ecosystem of teaching and learning at one of the largest community colleges in Canada (NorQuest College, Alberta). Following the recent creation and adoption of key college policy and strategy documents such as NorQuest 2030: We Are Who We Include and the Deans’ Joint Commitment to Anti-Racism for Equity, the Faculty of Academic Strategy and Integration (ASI) at NorQuest conceptualized the Reimagine Higher Education initiative which aimed to bridge the gap between equitable policy intentions and the ground level experiences of our current and future students at the college. The Reimagine Higher Education initiative is divided into several components, one of which is to promote inclusive postsecondary education through anti-racist and anti-oppressive curriculum and pedagogical approaches. In this presentation, we specifically demonstrate how an interdisciplinary Team employed combined/integrated a scientific, relational and project management approach in planning and creating a college-wide project to institutionalize an antiracist system of learning, knowing and being for students and staff across all programs at the college. We highlight some of the interim lessons learned and suggest how other post-secondary institutions might adopt our approaches or aspects thereof to promote systemic equity in curriculum design, review, teaching and learning contexts. We ground our work in critical theoretical and methodological perspectives that support a data-driven approach to creating systemic solutions and equitable ecosystems in postsecondary.

Benjamin Denga, Anti-racism Advisor - Reimagine Higher Education, NorQuest College
Judith Gallimore, Associate Chair, Business Faculty of Business, Environment, and Technology (FBET), NorQuest College
Nicole Stewart, Instructor, Nursing Program, NorQuest College
Reva George, Instructor, Business, NorQuest College