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Changemaker Fellows: Anti-Racist Pedagogy Learning Community

The heart of an anti-racist pedagogy is the intent to actively acknowledge and oppose racism by advocating for changes in political, economic, and social life (Blakeney, 2005).

UC San Diego is one of only 45 universities around the world to receive the prestigious designation of Changemaker Campus from Ashoka U, the world's largest network of social innovators who share inspiration, connections, and a desire to broaden the reach and impact of social innovation around the world (UC San Diego, 2021). 

UC San Diego embraces diversity, equity, and inclusion (UC San Diego, 2021); and through this embrace, is dedicated to a campus culture that respects perspective, background, and heritage (Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, 2021). UC San Diego promotes opportunities for students to achieve academic success through inclusive and equitable practices. To that end, the Teaching + Learning Commons Engaged Teaching Changemaker Fellows Anti-Racist Pedagogy Learning Community supports the university in fostering a more welcoming and supportive campus climate for faculty, staff, and students, specifically Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and minoritized students.

2023-2024 Call For Proposals


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Program Overview

A learning community is an “intentionally developed community that exists to promote and maximize the individual and shared learning of its members. There is ongoing interaction, interplay, and collaboration among the community members as they strive for specified common learning goals” (Lenning et al., 2013, p. 7). 

The Teaching + Learning Commons Engaged Teaching Changemaker Fellows Anti-Racist Pedagogy Learning Community brings together facilitators and fellows as co-learners in a mutually supportive environment where we will critically examine teaching practices through a racial equity lens and espouse anti-racist teaching practices to promote the well-being and learning of students, particularly Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and minoritized students.  

Facilitated by the Teaching + Learning Commons Engaged Teaching Hub, the anti-racist pedagogy learning community is grounded in literature on anti-racism and informed by the work of scholars of color. With the facilitators, fellows engage in readings, reflection exercises, and discussions designed to deepen our understanding of anti-racist pedagogy in the teaching and learning community. Fellows implement a project of their own design enacting anti-racist pedagogy in their class, department, or program, and receive up to $5,000 to support the project implementation.

Anti-Racist Pedagogy

When you choose, in a particular moment, to be anti-racist and to challenge that racist idea or policy, you're being anti-racist (Kendi, 2020). 

Antiracist researchers ask questions like, ‘What's wrong with policies?’ ‘What's wrong with conditions?’ ‘What's wrong with systems and structures?’ (Thompson, 2021).

Antiracist pedagogy includes explicit instruction on the history and continuation of racism…it has a critical praxis capable of creating a paradigm shift for students’ development of a critical consciousness and voice capable of explaining and denouncing racism (Blakeney, 2005).

Antiracist teaching challenges the eurocentric curriculum and the apolitical and ahistorical approaches to education, discipline, and course materials. It pushes us to question what counts as legitimate knowledge, whose knowledge counts, and who has access to the knowledge (Collins, 2009 as cited by Kishimoto, 2018).


The curriculum is grounded in the work of scholars of color and is supported by three goals to help fellows deepened their understanding of and practice in anti-racist pedagogy:

  • Unpack the historical roots of educational inequity: What is the historical context of anti-Black racism locally and in U.S. education? How does systemic racism contribute to educational outcomes seen today, particularly at UC San Diego?
  • Understand our personal relationships with anti-Black racism and white supremacy: How has our socialization in a racist society contributed (in conscious and unconscious ways) to our identities as people and our choices as educators?
  • Enact anti-racist pedagogy in our classes and roles as educators: How can we create classroom experiences that challenge racist ideologies and begin to dismantle existing structures of oppression? What actions will we take to support the well-being of Black, Latinx, Indigenous, and minoritized students at UC San Diego?

Learning Community Goals

The goals are to work together in community to:

  • Acknowledge, unlearn, and move against racism in higher education systems and practices that impact the educational experience of students of color, particularly Black students.
  • Support the academic and social experience of students of color and to build a social justice learning community.
  • Support fellows dedicated to anti-racist work and to strengthened a campus culture that welcomes and values diverse perspectives.
  • Enhance empathy and compassion in the context of education, particularly as it applies to building inclusive and equitable classroom environments.

Learning Community Commitments

Commitment to full participation and attendance is required for consideration as Changemaker Fellows Anti-Racist Pedagogy Learning Community. During the Winter and Spring quarters, fellows will deepen their understanding of anti-racism through various active learning activities and receive support by the Engaged Teaching Hub as they work on an anti-racist related project to be implemented in the classroom, department, or as a program. Fellows must commit to the following timeline and activities to be considered for selection: 

  • Participate in and attend the two-quarter learning community (Winter and Spring quarters 2023).

  • Participate in and attend a half-day orientation in Winter quarter, Friday January 13 at 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. (in person).

  • Participate in and attend learning communities, Fridays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. January 27, February 10 & 24, March 10, April 7 & 21, May 5 & 19, and June 2 (remote).

  • Engage in readings, reflection exercises, and discussions designed to deepen our understanding of anti-racist pedagogy in the teaching and learning community.

  • With the support of Engaged Teaching Hub, develop and implement a selected project by Winter 2024 that enhances a current course or develop a new anti-racist-focused course.

Application Submission

Fellows will provide directory information (i.e., name, email, and department). Fellows will also answer short essay-style questions, certify commitment to the learning community, and provide a letter of support from their direct supervisor.

Project Guidelines

Fellows propose a project focused on anti-racist pedagogy that will be implemented by Winter quarter 2024. Project guidelines include:

  • Summary and rationale of proposed project, including project goals and/or specific learning outcomes
  • Potential impact on student learning
  • Potential challenges you foresee this project may encounter 
  • How the project addresses anti-Blackness and advances anti-racism efforts on campus or in your department.

Fellowship Grant and Budget Proposal

Fellows must meet all learning community requirements to receive the fellowship grant of up to $5,000. The grant will be transferred in the fellow’s home department and the student's bank account to support the implementation of the project.


Engaged Teaching Hub and invited partners will review timely submitted applications to select the third cohort of Changemaker Fellows Anti-Racist Pedagogy Learning Community. Selected fellows will be notified by Friday, December 9, 2022.


Note: Schedule is subject to minor changes

Tentative schedule for 2023-2024 Fellows



Application deadline

November 27, 2022

Review of applications

November 28 – December 2, 2022 

Selected fellows are notified

December 9, 2022

Winter quarter program orientation (up to ½ day, in person)

January 13, 2023

Winter quarter program starts
(bi-weekly meetings held online)

Fridays 10 a.m. – 12 p.m.

January 27; February 10, 24; March 10, 2023

Fellowship funds transferred to fellows' department or student's bank account

Spring break

Spring quarter program starts 
(bi-weekly meetings held online)

Fridays 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. April 7 & 21; May 5 & 19, 2023

Program celebration

Friday 10 a.m. - 12 p.m. June 2, 2023

Support fellows through consultation and other services to progress with projects

Summer 2023

Final project due, including confirmed date of project implementation.

Winter quarter, 2024


Blakeney, A. M. (2005). Antiracist pedagogy: Definition, theory, and professional development. Journal of Curriculum and Pedagogy, 2(1), 119-132.

Kendi, I. (2020). ‘Racism is death. Anti-racism is life.’ says author Ibram Kendi [NPR]

Kishimoto, K. (2018). Anti-racist pedagogy: From faculty self-reflection to organizing within and beyond the classroom. Race and Ethnicity, 21(4), 540-554. 10.1080/13613324.2016.1248824

Lenning, O. T., Hill, D. M., Saunders, K. P., Solan, A., & Stokes, A. (2013). Powerful learning communities: A guide to develop students, faculty, and professional learning communities to improve student success and organizational effectiveness. Stylus.

Thompson, K. (2021). Anti-racism’ Ibram Kendi thinks big: Why not equality right now? [USA Today].

UC San Diego. (2021). Ashoka U changemaker campus designation.

UC San Diego. (2021). Strategic plan.

UC San Diego. (2021). Office of equity, diversity, and inclusion.