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Race and Classroom Power Dynamics in TA’ing

January 18, 2022 @ 12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


This event is part of the CTLT TA Institute, taking place from January 17–21. To view all events, visit https://institute.ctlt.ubc.ca/ta-institute/january-2022-ta-institute/

Eligibility: The TA Institute is open to all undergraduate TAs, graduate students who are interested in teaching, and all graduate student TAs. This session is not open to general undergraduate students, post-doctoral fellows, staff, or faculty.

Classrooms, like most social spaces have complex and intertwining power dynamics. Some like the instructor-learner relationship may be more apparent while others- especially those stemming from facets of our identities such as race may be more “coded”. In this session, we will reflect on our own positionality in terms of race and culture and how this informs our role as TAs. We will discuss how we can identify and address barriers that learners may face in a classroom and we will design strategies to help make the classroom a safe space for learning.

– Sai Diwan, PhD Candidate, Asian Studies

If you wish to complete this workshop as part of either of the themes below, you must complete the pre-session online module by January 17, 2021 by 9 AM and the post-session online module by January 24, 2022 at noon to receive the letter of completion. Click HERE to access all pre- and post-session modules for each theme.If you have any questions about the pre or post work please reach out to CTLT.TAInstitute@ubc.ca. This session falls into the following themes:
– TAship 101 (Essentials to prep for TAship)
– Exploring and Supporting Inclusivity, Equity, Accessibility and Wellness

TA Institute
This year, workshops in the TA institute are organized into 5 themes and if you complete 4 workshops in a theme, and do the related pre- & post-session online modules, you are eligible for a letter of completion that you can include in your Teaching Portfolio and CV. These letters will include a brief description of any themes that you completed, and how the work you did in those themes supports your development as a teacher.

This event will be hosted online on Zoom.