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Bias, Privilege and Allyship in Academia. How to be an Ally?

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Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, racially motivated violence against people of Asian and Pacific Islander descent has been on the rise. The use of anti-China rhetoric and growing Sinophobia across the country and world have stirred up incidents of targeted discrimination. In the US, violence and prejudice against Asian, Asian American, and Pacific Islander communities however are not new. Recent examples are an insidious continuation of colonialism’s ongoing legacy which shape domestic beliefs and perceptions, including within academia. The JHU Teaching Academy is dedicating time and space for future faculty to confront some of these legacies. The overarching purpose of this two-part series is to provide opportunities to reflect upon fellow graduate students’ and postdoctoral trainees’ experiences and acquire insights for informing cultural humility and allyship in future roles as educators.

As a pedagogical tool, this workshop will model a lesson that future instructors could employ to address bullying, harassment, and racism directed at the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community at Johns Hopkins and beyond. Through a combination of small and large group discussions and skill acquisition, this workshop will provide new ways to foster critical conversations by acknowledging the unique experiences of members of the AAPI and strategies on how to be an ally. The training will provide concrete, actionable tools to empower graduate students and postdocs to advocate for themselves and others who identify with the AAPI community.

Facilitator: Ashley E. Cureton, PhD, Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow & Lecturer, School of Education; Krieger School of Arts & Sciences, Department of Sociology; Center for Talented Youth

All graduate students and postdoctoral trainees are welcome to attend and participate. Attendance at both sessions is encouraged but not required.

Tuesday, June 15
4:30 PM - 6:00 PM