A Developmental Approach to Understanding Persistent Racial Injustice
Probe students’ perceived reasons for the enduring racial inequity in America and the impact on higher education. Dysconscious racism (DR) is a mindset, primarily a product of miseducation, that bypasses any ethical judgment about societal inequality. It regularly produces individuals who tacitly fail to question norms and privilege. In this discussion, more theoretical than best practice, we will explore the student categories of DR and how they relate to student learning preferences. We will use the often-overlooked work of William Perry as a developmental lens– it provides identifiable stages for cognitive development and learning environment preference in college students; it also anticipates a time where cognition matures, becoming ethical awareness. A stipend is available for eligible participants. Registration is required.