Decolonizing your Syllabus Mini-Institute

February 3, 2021 — March 3, 2021


Participants are expected to attend all 3 sessions:
- Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 10 – 11:30am
- Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 10 – 11:30am
- Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 10 – 11:30am

This blended mini-institute is designed to support instructors seeking to decolonize their syllabus. Participants will be encouraged to reflect on and examine the language found in their syllabus, their teaching methods, and the power structures that are inherent in the traditional university classroom. They will be challenged to explore how they can both engage with decolonial concepts and teach using decolonial pedagogies. Each part is guided by a structuring question: 

  • Part 1: What is colonization? In this session participants will be invited to explore the concept of colonialism broadly and in the context of university teaching and learning specifically. 
  • Part 2: What can a decolonized syllabus look like? In this session participants will have the opportunity take part in collaborative exercises to deconstruct and reimagine the university syllabus through the lens of Indigenous-informed pedagogy. 
  • Part 3: How do you decolonize a syllabus? In this session participants will have the opportunity to partake in consensus-based decision-making, an Indigenous pedagogy, to construct a definition of decolonization and a process to decolonize their own syllabus.  

Participants will be given asynchronous materials and activities to complete prior to each meeting time. Time commitment outside of the synchronous meetings will be approximately two hours a week. The series is intended to be highly participatory and will provide opportunities for follow-up reflection and peer support, including feedback on their own reimagined syllabus.  

By the end of this program, you will be able to: 

  • Define colonialism and discuss its impacts on traditional pedagogical practices, syllabus and course design, and the student experience. 
  • Redesign a syllabus with a decolonial lens. 
  • Assess and integrate appropriate resources that provide space for decolonized perspectives in your course. 
  • Apply decolonial teaching and assessment practices in your classroom. 


Participants are expected to attend all three sessions. This series is designed to build a sense of community, which is central to Indigenous teaching and learning practices.  


  • Wednesday, February 3, 2021 from 10 – 11:30am
  • Wednesday, February 17, 2021 from 10 – 11:30am
  • Wednesday, March 3, 2021 from 10 – 11:30am

Space is limited. Please register in advance by filling out the form below.

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