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Skidmore Racial Justice Teaching Challenge

Committed to the belief that diversity, equity and inclusion work has to be embedded in the curriculum, the American Studies Department and Black Studies Program launched the Skidmore Racial Justice Teaching Challenge (RJTC) in conjunction with the third component of Skidmore’s Racial Justice Initiative. Using Black History Month as a takeoff point, the RJTC called on faculty members to devote a significant portion of the educational content in their courses to focusing on (a) the lives and experiences of Black folks in North America and/or the African diaspora, or (b) substantive engagement with issues of race and racism. This could be accomplished in different ways: introducing new topics, revising readings, inviting guest lecturers, etc. For some faculty, this meant setting aside time in February for personal reading and reflection regarding future curricular revisions. Over 60 faculty members have contributed 95 courses, and Institutional Research is shepherding a brief pre- and post-assessment that has garnered a response rate among students of over 40 percent.

Racial Justice Courses

  • AH 108: Imag(in)ing the Modern World
  • AH 251C: African Art and Travel 
  • AH 251C: Photography in Africa 
  • AH 251C: Medieval Cult of Saints
  • AH 351C: Inventing Artists
  • AH 351D: Queering the Middle Ages: Gender & Identity in Medieval Art
  • AH 375D: Contemporary African Art 
  • AR 351K: Reimagining Representation
  • AM 101W: Growing up in America 
  • AM 101W: Rise and Fall of the New Deal 
  • AM 221: Methods and Approaches 
  • AM 351D: Black Feminist Thoughts 
  • AM 351D: The Funny Thing About History... 
  • AM 356: Sports Cinema 
  • AM 362: American Autobiography 
  • AN 227: Sub-Saharan Africa 
  • AN 305: Bioarchaeology
  • AN 352D: Murals in Latin America
  • BI 239: Parasitology, Epidemiology and Public Health
  • BI 247: Cell Biology
  • BI 352: Bacterial Pathogenesis w/lab
  • BI 362: Bacterial Pathogenesis
  • BI 373: Scientific Communications in Life Sciences
  • BI 374: Senior Seminar Biology
  • BST 205: Black Panther Archive 
  • CH 232: Analytical Methods in Chemistry
  • DA 335: Dance and Society II: Evolving Practices in the 20th Century
  • DS 251B: Intro to Doc Studies
  • DS 351B: Storytellers’ Institute Prep
  • EC 103: Introduction to Macroeconomics (2 sections)
  • EC 104: Introduction to Microeconomics (2 sections)
  • EC 235: Macroeconomic Theory
  • EC 236: Microeconomic Theory
  • EC 237: Statistical Methods
  • EC 261: Colonialism and Capitalism
  • EC 286: Economics of Development
  • EC 339: Applied Econometrics
  • ED 115: School and Society
  • ED 231: Children’s Literature
  • ED 335: Teaching Reading in the Elementary School
  • EN 105: Unruly Bodies
  • EN 105: Food Fights
  • EN 221: Introduction to Asian American Literature
  • EN 227: Introduction to African American Literature
  • EN 228: 19th Century African American Fiction 
  • EN 228: Detective Fiction and Film
  • EN 327: 20th Century African American Novels
  • EN 363: The Political Novel
  • EN 364W: Disability Narratives
  • EN 375: American Literature and Culture in the 1990s
  • ES 252C: Human Rights and Development 
  • GW 202: Lived Feminism 
  • HI 251D: African American History Since 1865
  • HI 330R: Caribbean Revolutions
  • IA 351C: Colorism in Paradise 
  • IA 351C: Contemporary Issues in Global Affairs
  • ID 231: Being Human in STEM
  • IG 201: People of Color/White People (2 sections)
  • IG/SO 361S: Racial ID Theory and Praxis
  • MU 208: Music Cultures in Asia
  • MU 241: Materials and Structures of Music
  • MU 345N: Pop Music Global Asia
  • MP 198: Chinese Ensemble
  • MP 281: Private Voice Lessons
  • MP 375: Senior Recital
  • MP 381: Private Voice Lessons
  • NS 277: Integrative Seminar in Neuroscience Research
  • NS 315: Mechanisms of Alzheimer’s Disease
  • PH 230: Identity, Knowledge, and Ignorance
  • PL 103: Introduction to Comparative and International Politics
  • PL 244: Race, State, and Nation 
  • PL 251B: International Relations of the Global South
  • PS 205: Social Psychology (2 sections)
  • PS 338: Language Development
  • PY 251D: Physics and Society
  • RE 105W: American Gods
  • RE 216: Asian Religions in the US
  • RE 230C: Afterlives: Loss, Grief and Activism
  • RE 230C: Religion, Race, Nation
  • SO 219C: Race and Power 
  • SO 227R: Social Research Methods
  • SW 212: Social Work Values and Populations Placed at Risk
  • SW 241: Research Methods for Social Justice
  • TH 104: Introduction to Acting
  • TH 229: Theatre and Culture
  • TH 334: Mixed Race on Stage and Film 
  • WLL 363: Race and Nature in Francophone Literatures and Visual Cultures
  • WLS 220: Language Across the Curriculum - Spanish
  • WLS 340: Advanced Language Across the Curriculum – Spanish
  • WLS 363: Narcocultures