Confessions of an “EDI Killjoy”: Just Acronyms...Or Academic Justice?
Wednesday, March 1st, 11am – 12pm EST / 11am – 12pm PST
Building off – and riffing on – critical race theorist and postcolonialist scholar Sara Ahmed and her figure of the “feminist killjoy,” this talk situates and presents Dr. Tommy Mayberry and their work across equity and inclusivity as an “EDI killjoy”…as someone whose “failure to be happy [in this work] is [often] read as sabotaging the happiness of others.”1 While there are victories, yes, and there are increments of powerful progress, there is still much to be done, and this work is and remains incredibly difficult, demanding, and intimidating work to do and to keep doing.
How do we, then, as post-secondary instructors incorporate principles of “EDI,” “DE&I,” “JEDIA,” etc. into our classes, curricula, and pedagogies toward building – and sustaining – more inclusive teaching and learning environments for us and for our students? Join Dr. Tommy as they critically, but still caringly, share how these terms as acronyms can (and often do) forget and leave behind important aspects of each respective letter as they become homogenized, totalized, and monolithic in their nounifications.
At the heart of these nounified acronyms is the larger, critical project of academic justice. And it is through academic justice as a more truthful umbrella term for the hard, hard work of decolonization, anti-racism, Indigenization, and equity, diversity, inclusivity and belonging, as well as access and accessibility, that we can unlock and active real change into our teaching practices.
1Sara Ahmed, The Promise of Happiness, Duke UP, 2010: 66.
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