Teaching Assistants' Training Program

Centre for Teaching Support & Innovation, 130 St. George Street, Robarts Library, 4th floor

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Supporting BIPOC Students Beyond COVID-19

Wednesday, February 2, 2022 @ 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST


Wednesday, February 2, 2022
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST


While COVID-19 caused major disruptions to all students at the University of Toronto, the impact of this global crisis has been experienced unevenly by BIPOC groups. As we have seen, Asian North American, Black, and Indigenous communities have repeatedly endured violence and trauma in this time. The pandemic exacerbated existing educational inequities experienced by learners from these and other demographics. As a response, this session asks, how can educators support those learners in our classrooms who are disproportionately impacted in and beyond times of crisis? This workshop will employ an intersectional lens to engage participants in a reflexive dialogue as we consider the social, economic, and health impacts of COVID-19 on BIPOC students and situate them within a broader historical and political context of educational injustice. Drawing on research and the lived and professional experiences of the facilitators and participants, this interactive workshop will equip participants with critical knowledge, pedagogical strategies, and resources to support BIPOC learners. Additionally, it will allow participants to design a resource of their choosing, in groups. We hope that the session gives educators a space to connect with colleagues, share experiences, and build a community of practice and support.