Black Faculty Facilitating Difficult Dialogues in the College Classroom: A Cross-Disciplinary Response to Racism and Racial Violence

Brian L. McGowan, Connie T. Jones, Ayesha S. Boyce, Shari E. Watkins

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Abstract

This article examines how three Black tenure-track faculty from different academic disciplines prioritized and facilitated discussions on racism and racial violence with graduate students. Drawing on the process of facilitating difficult dialogues and racial battle fatigue as theoretical framing, we utilized case study methodology to illuminate the challenges that Black faculty face when engaging in these conversations. Our analysis yielded four themes: (a) deliberate and intentional preparation; (b) connecting current events on racism and racial violence to classroom lessons; (c) classroom management and decision making when dissonance occurs; and (d) reliance on trusted peers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)881-903
Number of pages23
JournalUrban Review
Volume53
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 2021
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Difficult dialogues
  • Faculty
  • Racial violence
  • Racism

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Sociology and Political Science
  • Urban Studies

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