Pedagogies of Race and Oppression Learning Community

This new Learning Community is in its second year, sponsored by the GSAS Office of Academic Diversity and Inclusion in partnership with Columbia's Center for Teaching and Learning. The Learning Community is open to all Columbia University graduate students, with priority given to GSAS students who currently hold teaching appointments at the University.

The Learning Community collectively engages focused topics in pedagogy and practice as they relate to race and marginalization, with particular emphasis on anti-racist and anti-oppression pedagogy. Participants explore how various forms of oppression shape teaching and learning at Columbia and develop skills to support anti-racist and anti-oppression pedagogical thinking and practice. All participants must commit to attending three consecutive workshops as part of either the fall or spring semester cohort and to completing brief reading and writing exercises. Because capacity is limited, participants are selected by application.

FALL 2021 APPLICATION coming soon (late August).

***Seeking two co-facilitators! OADI and CTL staff will provide guidance and support through regular meetings and other activities; facilitators will receive a modest stipend for the year. Please apply here (search for Job ID 406) by July 31, 2021.

Learning Objectives:

This annual program will enlist new graduate student facilitators (by application) each year. The facilitators will work with OADI and CTL staff to refine and finalize specific learning objectives each year. Learning objectives may include or be similar to the following examples:

  • Define anti-racist and anti-oppression pedagogy and related concepts 
  • Identify institutional and individual pedagogical practices that perpetuate racism and oppression of people whose identities are marginalized in academic settings
  • Describe how racist pedagogical frames and practices interfere with student learning
  • Analyze individual instructor positionalities and describe how they contribute to pedagogical frames and practices
  • Assemble an initial toolkit to support anti-racist and anti-oppressive pedagogy and practice
  • Apply and reflect on components of toolkit in one’s own teaching practice

Meet the 2020-2021 Pedagogies of Race and Oppression Facilitators:

Brendane Arrica Tynes (4th year, Anthropology PhD)

Brendane Arrica Tynes

Brendane Tynes enjoys facilitating conversations about race and gender equity with a Black feminist lens. She has developed anti-oppression curricula with Teach for America, Duke University, and Know Your IX. Brendane is a Ford Foundation Predoctoral Fellow, and she studies the affective responses of Black women and girls to multiple forms of violence within the Movement for Black Lives.


Dominic T. Walker (4th year, Sociology PhD)

Dominic Walker

Dominic Walker completed a Master's Degree in Sociology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University where he also worked as a facilitator for Reimagining Education Summer Institute, a professional development summer institute for teachers, school administrators, and stakeholders interested in creating learning spaces for racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse student bodies. His work examines questions at the nexus of race, identity, neoliberalism, and the cultural politics of education.