How To Be An Anti-Racist Researcher

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October 25, 2022 11:30am - 1:00pm
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Vital to the production and dissemination of research is the inclusion of representation from our diverse communities. Yet, systemic racism, racial bias, and structural injustice work against creating anti-racist and inclusive practices in research protocols. It is important for researchers to be able to identify and understand how race, class, gender, and other inequities are embedded in the structures of their research plans to help shift research practices to be more inclusive and explicitly anti-racist.

This webinar will begin to address this gap by offering resources to question one’s own research practices through an anti-racist lens. Specifically, the presenters will (1) define what the term "anti-racist" means in the context of research methods; (2) examine theories that undergird an anti-racist approach to research; (3) provide examples of anti-racist research across the lifespan, including within the framing, literature review, research questions and design, methodology, analysis, and dissemination processes; (4) share how to examine one’s own positionality and epistemological commitments and connect them explicitly with anti-racist principles; and (5) provide steps to creating an action plan to commit to an anti-racist research framework.

As researchers, we have a moral obligation to reconsider our research goals, methods, and dissemination strategies and to resist, disrupt, and dismantle racism in our work. This webinar will equip attendees with the skills to challenge their research approaches to increase anti-racist and inclusive practices.

By the end of this webinar, attendees will be able to:

  1. Examine and apply anti-racist research methods;
  2. Connect epistemological commitments with concrete methodological decisions/plans; and
  3. Develop an individual action plan committed to anti-racist research

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About the Presenters

Meagan Call-Cummings

Meagan Call-Cummings, Ph.D. , is an associate professor of research methods at George Mason University's College of Education and Human Development. Her work most often takes critical, feminist, and participatory forms and her writing typically focuses on the intersections of ethics and validity in research praxis. Dr. Call-Cummings teaches courses in critical qualitative inquiry, participatory action research, narrative inquiry, and decolonizing methodologies. Recently she has worked with colleagues, including her co-presenters, to develop a "How to be an anti-racist researcher" workshop series for faculty and students and has co-developed an annual Summer Institute in Anti-Racist and Decolonial Research Methods that was piloted in summer 2022 with 21 scholar-participants from across the United States. 

Sharrell Hassell-Goodman

Sharrell Hassell-Goodman M.Ed., M.S., is pursuing a doctoral degree in higher education with a concentration in women and gender studies and social justice. Hassell-Goodman is a graduate of Miami University in Oxford, Ohio earning a Bachelor of Science in elementary education, a Master of Education in educational leadership and curriculum development and a Master of Science in college student personnel. She has taught courses on identity, social justice, career development, leadership, and diversity at George Mason University, Miami University, and  Ohio State University. Hassell-Goodman has conducted workshop sessions around diversity, equity, and inclusion for current working professionals, college professors, undergraduate college students, sorority and fraternity advisors, and alumni volunteers. Her current research interests are first-generation college students, Black women in higher education, diversity, equity, and inclusion pedagogy, anti-racist research approaches, social justice advocates in higher education, identity and leadership, and critical participatory action research.

Giovanni P. Dazzo

Giovanni P. Dazzo, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of qualitative methodology at the University of Georgia. Over the last decade, he has worked within human rights nonprofits and federal funding agencies, collaborating with community-based organizations and social movements on the research and evaluation of rights and justice initiatives around the world. Dr. Dazzo has taught university-level and nonformal education courses in program evaluation, introductory and advanced qualitative methods, and participatory action research. His research interests include understanding the restorative and healing potential for inquiry; utilizing decolonial, anti-racist, and anti-oppressive research methodologies; exploring how minoritized and silenced communities use counternarratives to build collective memory and educational lessons, during and after conflict or war; learning from Indigenous communities to document and abolish oppressive structures while imagining new systems that not only respect justice and rights but are culturally responsive; and understanding how social movement actors learn and apply strategies to advance social justice.


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