Day 2 (2021)

Ghost Aug 2, 2021

“Education...is the practice of freedom, the means by which men and women deal critically and creatively with reality and discover how to participate in the transformation of their world.” (Paulo Freire, Pedagogy of the Oppressed)

Design is key to our collective liberation, but most design processes today reproduce inequalities that are structured by what Black feminist scholar Patricia Hill Collins calls the matrix of domination: white supremacy, heteropatriarchy, capitalism, and settler colonialism (Collins, 2002). These and additional intersecting inequalities are manifest at all levels of the design process, including (but not limited to): designers, intended users, values, affordances and disaffordances, scoping and framing, privileged design sites, governance, ownership, and control of designed objects, platforms, and systems, and narratives about how design processes work. (Sasha Constanza-Chock, Design Justice: Towards an Intersectional Feminist Framework for Design Theory and Practice, pp. 2-3)

If one of our jobs as critical pedagogues is to design curricula (it might be our job job too), then our design processes need to consider and be consciously aware of the matrix of domination. This matrix permeates everything we do in our design work and in the classroom when we teach, consciously or unconsciously. So today is our day to become more aware of this matrix and the inequalities it promotes.

Therefore we are jumping headfirst into the matrix of domination and the heart of critical pedagogy - social justice.

However, we must also learn to take care of ourselves in this work. As Audre Lorde said in A Burst of Light: Essays (1988): “Caring for myself is not self-indulgence, it is self-preservation, and that is an act of political warfare" (Lorde, 1988). Self-care as an act of defiance to systems (our societies, our cultures, or our workplaces) that prize working more than we should is a radical notion.

The theme for today is therefore: Self Care and Social Justice.

We have two synchronous meetings today. The first meeting (from 11am-12pm ish EDT (UTC-4)) is a synchronous chat on YellowDig where we will consider social justice and self-care. The second meeting (from 7pm EDT (UTC-4)) is on Zoom and the Zoom link is in Yellowdig and in your email. Please join us as we chat about what we've learned thus far.

The plan for the day is here: https://stem.dpl.online/day-social-justice. Feel free to pick and choose which resources make the best sense for you to explore today.

Clarissa Sorensen-Unruh

Among with Courtney Sobers

Learning/Teaching Enthusiast | #Chem & #Stats prof @CNMOnline | New MS Stats @UNM | #STEMEd researcher | @ChemEdX 2YC Lead | @DigPedLab Faculty | @VConnecting Buddy | #LGTBQi 🏳️‍🌈| She/Her | 😈

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