Teaching About Race and Racism in the College Classroom: Notes from a White Professor

West Virginia Univ. Dec. 2019. 228p. bibliog. index. ISBN 9781949199239. $99.99; pap. ISBN 9781949199246. $24.99. ED
Drawing on teaching experience and research, Kernahan (psychology, Univ. of Wisconsin–River Falls) addresses the challenges of discussing race and racism in college classes and offers evidence-based techniques for effective engagement and deep learning. In six compact chapters, she outlines common student misconceptions about race and racism. She explains why students resist expert knowledge on these topics and covers practicing self-care as an educator, creating a sense of belonging in the classroom, and preparing students for difficult conversations. Readers will also appreciate tips for avoiding common pitfalls. Acknowledging her own experience as a white educator working in a majority-white institution, Kernahan highlights the challenges faced by black educators, black students, and other participants of color whose needs and contributions are necessarily different from those of white educators and students.
VERDICT Addressing racism in the classroom is difficult but vital. This insightful and accessible resource is recommended for educators in any discipline, at any level, who want to speak more effectively about race and racism.
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