Before we dive into this list of articles and resources to support racial equity in global education, let us define a key term. What is the difference between EQUITY and EQUALITY?
Equality is when everyone gets the exact same thing. This doesn’t always make sense, because in reality, we all need different things.
Equity is when everyone gets what they NEED. This is a much more useful goal, because each person has different backgrounds, resources, and desires. “Racial equity,” therefore, refers to confronting systemic racism so every human gets what they need.
Diversity and Inclusion Articles
With that in mind, here is a round-up of 23 articles from Teaching Traveling designed to support a globally-minded pursuit of racial equity. These posts focus on inclusiveness global education. Of course, there are countless other resources and realms around racial equity, so this list is just a starting point. (More resources are listed at the end.)
The first set of resources here hits on concepts: WHY diversity is important, how language shapes our world, and ideas on ways to structure programs for inclusiveness. These posts can be used for self-study, or with a group or class for discussion and instruction.
The second set of articles in this list features interviews with inspiring travelers of color about their tips and experiences navigating the global landscape, as drivers of racial equity around the world. Hope these are useful for you!
Racial Equity Articles
These 25 resources help explore why inclusiveness is so important, ways to work towards it, and stories of movers and shakers who walk the walk.
An extremely common metaphor equates "darkness" with negative things. This article explores the destructive and racist implications of this word choice, with examples and suggestions for other vocabulary options.
Many free teacher travel opportunities end up being snagged by all-White groups of educators. This article examines why it's vital to change that homogeneity, and includes a case study from Fund for Teachers about how they diversified their cohort, to the benefit of everyone involved.
Teens in Print is a treasure trove of online, authentic, engaging high school student writing that can serve as exemplars or idea inspiration in the classroom or at home. These articles hit on vital topics like racial and social justice and fighting discrimination.
Literature is a key tool in anti-racist work. This engaging Young Adult book by an award-winning author is excellent for middle school and up, and though it doesn't explicitly tackle the topic of race, it masterfully tells ten stories of Black and Latinx students in a way that emphasizes their uniqueness and humanity. This article deeply analyzes each chapter of the text, and can be used by educators looking to add a great new book to their curriculum.
It can be so hard to find Black and Brown dolls that teach positive messages and history, but this educator is hand-crafting them herself! You can order them completed or as a sew-your-own educational project.
Economic inequities mean that many regions of the world lack access to clean water. Learn about this successful program which drills wells in South Sudan, paired with a Young Adult book that is perfect for middle school.
Last on this list but certainly not least is one of the most successful advocates of equity in travel out there, Nicole Brewer, who runs the massive travel group iluv2globetrot: a community which has supported hundreds of people to explore the world. Read her thrilling story here.
More Racial Equity Resources
There are so many other articles and supports for the journey to racial equity and inclusiveness in schools and in global education. Here are a few:
The author, Lillie Marshall, is 6-foot-tall National Board Certified Teacher of English from Boston who has been a public school educator since 2003. She launched TeachingTraveling.com in 2010 to share expert global education resources, and over 1.6 million readers have visited over the past decade. Lillie also runs AroundTheWorld L.com Travel and Life Blog, and DrawingsOf.com for educational cartoons. Do stay in touch via subscribing to her monthly newsletter, and following @WorldLillie on social media!
This is a timely post for me because I'm helping with a grant application that addresses inequity and microaggression. These are fantastic resources, thank you for sharing!
Wednesday 28th of October 2020
You're very welcome, and I'm so glad these resources are timely and useful for you! Best of luck with the grant. Sounds like a very worthwhile cause.
Monday 26th of October 2020
I think it's great that you are bringing awareness to this very important issue. I hope that this helps others become conscious of microaggression and how hurtful it is so we can work towards combatting it. P.S. Love the graphics