Full course description
Meeting the Moment: Addressing Racism Through Recognition & Response is the first course in a series of three and contains Modules 1 and 2 which address the following topics:
- Understanding Racism
- Recognizing and Responding to Interpersonal Racism
This course series serves to build a community of learners committed to antiracism. It offers antiracism education to help school personnel recognize and respond to acts of racism across the human ecosystem. It serves to interrupt and diminish pervasive cycles of racism over time.
The need for this course has been described in The Black Education Act, signed into New Mexico statute on April 5, 2021. The course offers tools responsive to The Black Education Act’s assertion of the need to:
- Identify best practices for strengthening educational outcomes for Black students.
- Address the Black student achievement gap in a holistic and systemic manner that includes clearly articulated measures to improve public education for Black students that result in substantially improved graduation rates, college or career readiness, and higher education completion rates at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
- Combat discrimination and racism in the public school system, including creating and sustaining equitable and culturally responsive learning environments.
- Recommend curricula and instructional materials that include the history and culture of Black people in New Mexico, America, and the world.
- Provide mechanisms for parents, community and business organizations, public schools, public postsecondary educational institutions, and state and local policymakers to work together to improve educational opportunities for Black students.