Reflections on Teaching Anthropologically and Fostering Belonging as Anti-Racist Allies in a ‘Widening Participation’ University: An Ecological Approach

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Botticello, J. and Caffrey, A. 2021. Reflections on Teaching Anthropologically and Fostering Belonging as Anti-Racist Allies in a ‘Widening Participation’ University: An Ecological Approach. Teaching Anthropology. 10 (1), pp. 16-29. https://doi.org/10.22582/ta.v10i1.589
AuthorsBotticello, J. and Caffrey, A.
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This article critically reflects on anti-racist and anthropological teaching practices in a widening participation university. It argues that to make meaningful change to entrenched racism and awarding gaps in higher education lecturers must take action and work towards embedding anti-racism into every level of the university structure. We propose using an ecological model with lecturers at its heart as a practical tool to support this work. Lecturers can begin by examining themselves and bring their vulnerabilities and openness to change to their different fields of connectivity – with students, with the curriculum, with academic structures, and with colleagues, across the institution. Such work helps challenge sedimented beliefs and practices and moves the institution toward becoming a more inclusive or pro-belonging university for students and staff alike.

JournalTeaching Anthropology
Journal citation10 (1), pp. 16-29
ISSN2053-9843
Year2021
PublisherRoyal Anthropological Institute
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