21 Days of Unlearning Racism & Learning Anti-Racism

PDPA remains committed to building opportunities for inclusive doctoral and postdoctoral professional development. In order to better prepare members of our community to actively participate in a more diverse, equitable academic environment, we are inviting you to join us again this year for 21 Days of Unlearning Racism and Learning Anti-Racism, which will begin on Thursday, February 1 (we will not send content on weekends or Presidents’ Day).

This asynchronous program provides an opportunity for you to engage directly in anti-racist texts and multi-media every day for 21 days. For some of you, this may be indicative of work you are already engaged in. For others, it may represent exploration and discovery. Whatever your experience may be in this area, we hope to provide content that will allow all participants to experience their own learning and unlearning.

While this program centers predominantly on combatting Anti-Black racism, the content caters primarily to learners who are white and non-Black people of color. However, as our goal is to provide inclusive learning opportunities for all participants, we will offer valuable resources for Black, Indigenous, and Brown People of Color as well.

How this program works

Starting February 1, you will receive reminder emails for each day to help you stay engaged. Within the daily content, we will offer two to three levels of resources, allowing you to choose where to start. These levels are organized by the complexity of the resources, as well as the time commitment. We invite you to choose the things that interest and motivate you from our collection of resources and topics. For those that wish to explore your own resources or take a deeper dive into other topics on a particular day, that is okay too. You can submit feedback throughout the 21 days by emailing us at gradpd@bu.edu.

On Monday, February 12, from 3:30 – 4:30 pm, we will host a Community Conversation, where we will hold space for participants to come together to process what you are learning and share your reactions and personal experiences.