Upcoming Anti-Racism Support and Education Opportunities
We will update this space as additional information is available. If you have suggestions,
questions or other feedback please email Inclusion AT_TOWSON.
Opportunities For Staff And Faculty
“I Need Stronger Coffee”: Navigating Current Events in the Classroom
Office of the Provost and OIIE
Participants are welcome to enjoy refreshments while joining these virtual sessions!
These drop-in sessions are designed for all faculty to share challenges, concerns,
ideas, and tangible classroom strategies for acknowledging the variety of current
events that are weighing on the hearts and minds of students and the larger TU community.
- What are effective practices for acknowledging current events that make sense for
my specific course material?
- How can I make space for these discussions without appearing to be advancing a specific
view, position, or “agenda”?
- How can I make all students in my class feel safe?
Contact Dr. Shaunna Payne Gold, Assistant Provost for Diversity & Inclusion at spaynegold AT_TOWSON with questions or requests for accommodations.
Affinity Group Spaces
Office of the Provost, OIIE, and Dialogue at TU
To further our ongoing work on race, racism, and anti-racism, OIIE is organizing Affinity
Space Dialogues to foster community, support, healing, reflection, and deeper understanding.
During this tumultuous point in American history, TU is uniquely positioned to continue
its momentum concerning equity, inclusion, and racial healing. We see facilitated
dialogue as an integral part of this ongoing process.
These virtual spaces are grounded in racial identity development (PDF), providing specific frameworks for understanding how individuals function in the
community, family, and organizational settings. All spaces are designed to prioritize
dialogue and community by reaching deeper levels of understanding of recent current
events, as well as building shared language related to anti-racism.
- Centering Race for Black People will also make space for processing recent current events, engaging with internalized
oppression, and how they influence ongoing anti-racism work.
- De-centering Whiteness for White People will also focus on specific stages of white identity development, including contact
("I don't see color."), through disintegration ("I feel bad and/or stuck for being
white."), through pseudo-independence, immersion (how to navigate being white and
anti-racist), and more.
- Centering Race for Non-Black People of Color will also focus on engaging with proximity to whiteness, anti-Blackness, and how they
influence ongoing anti-racism work.
All members of the TU staff and faculty community are invited to join the Affinity
Spaces that reflect their identities. Each space is offered as stand-alone, you are invited to attend one or more for your
affinity community, and will be hosted by trained co-facilitators. Live Virtual Affinity Spaces will be provided. Over the next few months, we will continue to offer Affinity Spaces for healing, truth,
dialogue, and community for the TU community.
For more information, please contact dialogue AT_TOWSON.
Directed Faculty and Staff Reading Groups
OIIE, Office of the Provost and other TU partners
To further our ongoing work on race, racism, and anti-racism, OIIE is organizing Reading
Groups for staff and faculty to join guided and frank discussions around important
concepts in anti-racism. During this tumultuous point in American history, TU is uniquely
positioned to continue its momentum on equity, inclusion, and racial healing. We see
facilitated dialogues as an integral part of this ongoing process. Each group, led
by a pair of staff and faculty facilitators, will discuss and wrestle with important
concepts – rather than lecture or teach a text.
Each selected book engages with a specific aspect of anti-racism; see the chart below for help in selecting a book group, followed by the registration link.
|If you are here and interested in doing deeper work on the following ideas
|consider this book
||to work on
"I want us to all be color-blind, and not see race/color"
"I think too much focus on race maintains racism"
"I feel some level of guilt for being white"
Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria (Beverly Tatum)
Whistling Vivaldi (Claude Steel)
|Developing strategies for educating yourself proactively, instead of relying (consciously
or unconsciously) on people of color to help educate you.
"I’ve learned a lot from having a black friend, colleague, relative, loved one"
"I sometimes feel the need to justify or defend my point of view when talking about
"I feel that because I was born white, I am unfairly being required to dismantle racist
systems that I didn’t create"
|Me and White Supremacy (Layla F. Saad)
||Developing personalized and realistic strategies for moving forward.
"I’m confident that privilege is not based solely on merit, but on bias and racism"
"I want to know more about how to be both white and anti-racist"
"I want to build confidence in directly addressing racism"
"I want to go beyond just “being a good person.” I want to actively tear down systems
of racism and oppression"
|So You Want to Talk About Race (Ijeoma Oluo)
Developing skills for navigating difficult conversations with white friends and family
about racism and inequality
Identifying personal strategies for supporting anti-racist work
Create personal strategies for becoming an active bystander by interrupting racist
acts, statements, and experiences.
"I feel ready to focus on working against oppression at the systemic level"
"I feel ready to work on processes, policies, procedures, and environments that are
oppressive, not just individual relationships"
"I’ve been able to do work on whiteness and white identity"
Caste: The Origins of Our Discontents (Isabel Wilkerson)
How to be An Antiracist (Ibram Kendi)
|Developing strategies for regularly thinking critically at the systemic level.
Each book group will meet for six consecutive one-hour weekly virtual meetings on
Zoom (Session 2 groups will not meet during Thanksgiving week).
Many local public libraries provide electronic access to these books. Also, refer
to Cook Library’s Anti-racism Resource Guide for additional ways to access them.
Dialogue Facilitator Training (Level 1 of 3)
Office of the Provost, OIIE, and Dialogue @ TU
TU’s Dialogue Program is pleased to offer Level 1 of the 3-part training and certification
program for staff and faculty. Level 1 focus on theories and concepts central to sustained
and intergroup dialogue initiatives, strategies for managing difficult conversations
around our social identities, and tools for facilitating conversations in our offices,
classrooms, teams, organizations and communities. Contact dialogue AT_TOWSON for more information.
Opportunities For TU Community
A More Inclusive TU Town Hall
We are pleased to share with the TU community our strategic plan for diversity and
inclusion. This plan provides a critical piece of the roadmap for the future of Towson
University as we enter our 155th year.
Learn More About the Diversity Strategic Plan Town Hall
Anti-Racism Education and Support Resources
Project Implicit Social Attitudes Tests
Project Implicit is a non-profit organization and international collaboration between
researchers who are interested in implicit social cognition - thoughts and feelings
outside of conscious awareness and control. The goal of the organization is to educate
the public about hidden biases and to provide a “virtual laboratory” for collecting
data on the Internet.
Find out your implicit associations about race, gender, sexual orientation, and other topics!
Anti-Racism Education and Support Resources
Resources for Students
Resources for Staff and Faculty
- Educational sessions, trainings, conversations for your department, unit, or team
(online request), email DiversityTraining AT_TOWSON
- Faculty and Staff Affinity Groups, email OIIE AT_TOWSON
- Reporting concerns about a student (online form): CARE Team, email StudentAffairs AT_TOWSON
- Teaching resources, including engaging students in online classes: Faculty Academic Center of Excellence at Towson (FACET), FACET AT_TOWSON
- Faculty Diversity Initiatives: Assistant Provost for Diversity and Inclusion, FacultyDiversity AT_TOWSON
- Confidential support, resources and information for personal and work-life issues:
Employee Assistance Program, call 855-410-7628
- Faculty and staff emergency fund: Office of Human Resources
Resources for Taking Action
- Anti-racism resources for white people
- Reflection prompts, written by Jezz Chung (@jezzchung):
In what ways does my proximity to whiteness afford me privileges that aren’t extended
to Black and Brown people?
In what ways have I been conditioned to believe in the superiority of whiteness?
In what ways have I engaged in rhetoric that promotes othering or stereotyping of
What can I do to better educate myself on the historical context of race in the country
and community I exist in?
- Your immediate safety or the immediate safety of others: TUPD, call 410-704-4444.
- Reporting possible hate crimes or bias incidents: Reporting Form, email OIIE AT_TOWSON or call 410-704-0203.