The Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS) Inclusion, Diversity, Equity (IDE) Committee is hosting this Challenge to ensure students, staff, researchers, and faculty have a baseline knowledge and shared understanding of racism in our workplaces and society. Because of initiatives to increase cross-Institute IDE efforts, we are inviting other Institutes under the Research and Innovation Office to join this Challenge. Institutes join the Challenge through cost-sharing expenses and providing breakout room monitors to bring this opportunity to their communities. The following Institutes are partnering in this Challenge: ATLAS, BioFrontiers Institute, CIRES, IBG, IBS, ICS, INSTAAR, JILA, LASP, Museum of Natural History, RASEI, Renée Crown Wellness Institute.
- Members from partnering Institutes take a self-paced Anti-Racism course for three weeks and attend weekly facilitated discussions.
- Completing this Challenge together gives us common language and understanding to work collaboratively to move toward being anti-racist, anti-oppressive, welcoming and inclusive organizations. This in turn will improve the recruitment and retention of diverse employees through the creation of a more inclusive workplace. The foundation we gain will also make future skills training such as bystander and microaggressions interventions more meaningful and effective. Since research data is clear that taking a skills course or workshop alone does not often lead to changes in behaviors and actions, we are offering weekly facilitated discussions to help us take knowledge, internalize it, and apply it to practice.
- The core of the Challenge is the CU Boulder Coursera Anti-Racism 1 three-week course developed by UCB Ethnic Studies’ Shawn O’Neal and Jennifer Ho. This course is free.
- If you have already completed the CU Coursera Anti-Racism 1 course, you can join the Discussion Days.
- If Anti-Racism 2 course is ready on time, those who have already taken this level one course may choose to take the level two course being released at the end of this month. This will be for the usual Coursera fee, though Shawn is in discussion with the CU MOOCs people about fee waivers or reduced fee for auditing the Anti-Racism 2 course.
- Shawn O’Neal is our discussion facilitator and leader. He co-authored the Anti-Racism 1, 2, and 3 courses, is a 4th year Ethnic Studies PhD candidate, ABD.
- Each breakout room will have a room facilitator.
- Shawn and other Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) facilitators will moderate a breakout room each week for those BIPOC individuals who indicate a desire to join this room.
The Institute of Cognitive Science is a formal CU Boulder institute under the guidance of the Research and Innovation Office.