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SXSW EDU 2021

Black Presence Matters in Higher Education

Anti-Blackness is pervasive and persistent and the underrepresentation of Black professors at institutions of higher learning feeds broader society’s perception of Black people. As the pandemic shifted education online, the online presence of Black professors became increasingly urgent. As professors, we discuss the importance of Black representation in faculty within the context of the global pandemic, protests for racial justice and an unstable economy.

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  1. Understand and recognize the conditions under which Black educators teach.
  2. Learn how to navigate being questioned, interrupted, and targeted as a Black educator.
  3. Know how to be an antiracist and understand the work needed to push conversations and progress forward.

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Alex Maxwell, Event Content Manager, Course Hero

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