Workshops & Tutoring
Seminar on Unintentional Racism
Ruth's presentation for math teachers is frank but very positive, hopeful, and encouraging. As a teacher of Connecticut urban students, in New Haven, Hamden, and West Haven, Ruth became sensitive to how racism affects math students. What keeps Black students out of advanced math classes? One factor is that math is often taught "White", as if math and all its applications and the classroom atmosphere for learning it are from the White culture. White teachers don't see Whiteness, just as fish don't see water. Ruth teaches specific ways to make math class a more hospitable, receptive place for Black students.
Other names for unintentional racism are aversive racism, dysconscious racism, invisible racism, unconscious racism.
To Ruth, it is often UNINTENTIONAL racism by non-racist teachers.
Math teachers can find out all about this in Ruth's two-hour professional development seminar. Beyond the ability to read, a math background is the key subject that determines a student's range of career choices. Therefore a math teacher is a very important person in a student's life. Find out specifically what these unintentionally racist actions are. See how easy it is for well-meaning non-racist math teachers to unwittingly do them. Become sensitive to how this can happen. Learn what to watch for, what to notice. Get useful techniques for empowering ALL students.
Download the Unintentional Racism in Math Class handouts. Copy, discuss with colleagues, and contact Square Ruth with your thoughts about this urgent issue. To contact Ruth to do this presentation, tailored for your math colleagues, you can email her: firstname.lastname@example.org