Designing Antiracism Curricula Fellowship Program

Recent years have dramatized the urgency of achieving a world without racism. Racial terrorism, hate crimes, police and vigilante violence, scapegoating of immigrants, and policies rooted in colonialism, imperialism, enslavement, segregation, and exploitation are only a few examples of its manifestations. Another is the current backlash against efforts to work against these conditions or even discuss them. The stakes are high and the hour is late. Higher education must ensure that faculty and students will have opportunities to develop the awareness and skills necessary to meet these challenges.

To meet the urgency of this moment and building on our collective commitments to address these inequities and injustices, the Center for Antiracist Research (CAR), the Center for Teaching and Learning (CTL) and BU Diversity & Inclusion (BU D&I) have partnered to sponsor the Designing Antiracism Curricula (DAC) Fellowship Program. This Fellowship brings together a cohort of Boston University educators to develop or redesign undergraduate or graduate courses within their respective disciplines to thoughtfully engage antiracism curricula and pedagogical strategies (Kishimoto, 2018, for a useful framework).

This fellowship program aims to:

  • Create opportunities for faculty to design new courses or re-design existing courses that highlight and integrate antiracism frameworks, content, and perspectives
  • Increase opportunities for students to engage with material that highlights antiracism frameworks and content
  • Bring faculty together across disciplines and campuses to explore antiracism frameworks, discuss content for courses, and build a supportive teaching and learning community


The Call for Applications for the 2023-24 academic year will open on January 30, 2023. See below for general information about the application process.

Applications Open January 30, 2023
Informational Session #1 (click to register) February 7, 2023, 1-2 pm
Informational Session #2 (click to register) February 15, 2023, 2-3 pm
Applications Close March 24, 2023
Application Review Period March 25-April 17, 2023
Applicant Notifications April 18-24, 2023


All BU faculty, including lecturers, who design and teach stand-alone courses at the undergraduate or graduate level at BU are encouraged to apply regardless of discipline or field. Previous experience designing antiracism curricula is not required; we encourage faculty who are new to this work to apply!

Program Requirements

  • Participants will be required to attend monthly 90-minute meetings from September 2023 to May 2024 and will be expected to complete 5-10 hours of work between monthly meetings.
    • Meetings will take place synchronously
  • Participants will need to complete their curricula materials by the end of the program.
  • Participants agree to share what they learn with the BU community and beyond.

Letter of Interest

Applicants must submit a letter of interest for designing a new antiracism course or significantly revising an existing course to include or increase antiracism content. The letter of interest should be no more than 1,000 words and include the following:

  1. Why you are applying for the Fellowship.
  2. Initial ideas for a new course (this may include a brief draft description of what you envision the course would look like, strategies for integrating alternative pedagogies, etc.) or significant revision of an existing course (those who intend to revise an existing course should include their reflection on why the course needs revision and their vision for possible changes).
  3. Describe ways in which you have demonstrated interest or engagement in antiracism or equity work outside of the classroom.

Letter of Support

As part of the application, you will be asked to upload an email or letter of support from your department head. The letter of support should include a commitment to, for example, offer the course in the future, integrate into curriculum, etc. This letter does not need to serve as a formal acceptance or approval of any courses developed through the Fellowship.

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Meet the Fellows

Expand the section below to meet the inaugural cohort of thirteen DAC Fellows for the 2022-23 academic year and read about their goals for the DAC Fellowship Program. Fellows are listed in alphabetical order.