Race, Racism and the American Experience: Self-Guided Curriculum text on a checkerboard of skin-tone color swatches

Welcome to the self-guided curriculum created for you by the Office of Inclusive Engagement in the Division of Inclusion, Diversity & Equity at the University of Missouri. This guide is an invitation to do challenging and necessary inner work to disarm our preconceived notions. It will require that you cultivate a practice grounded in self-reflection and an understanding of your role as a life-long learner.

We hope you study, journal, reflect, and if possible, engage in dialogue and deliberation with your unit colleagues about what you are reading and exploring in this guide for the next 10 days. Every day is designed around a specific topic with resources and activities structured in four steps:  Learn, Reflect, Take Actions, and Explore some more.

The ultimate goal of this self-paced curriculum is to challenge stereotypes and stereotypical thinking processes that reduce information into over-simplified concepts so that we can acknowledge the danger of a single story. This process can be better understood by exploring the model proposed by Sandra Chapman: “Continuum of Awareness to Action: Overcoming Roadblocks to Personal Transformation.”

In addition, this curriculum seeks to contextualize how seemingly inward thinking processes are deeply connected to the institutions and systems in which we are embedded. As such, this curriculum aims to support your personal exploration and scaffold your unit’s efforts to create more inclusive and affirming work spaces.

Please listen to your needs. If any of these topics are overwhelming emotionally, take breaks or pace yourself as needed. Pay attention to your “window of tolerance.”

NOTE: We present this compilation of resources in an online format because of the restrictions posited by COVID-19 that preclude us from gathering in person, however, we encourage you to find learning and accountability partners to unpack the ideas from this guide.

The information provided is, in part, adapted from the “21 days Equity Challenge Food Solutions Curriculum.” Food Solutions New England (FSNE) regional network supported and coordinated by the Sustainability Institute at the University of New Hampshire.

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