Aligned with the ethos of equity and empowerment, this platform aims to address critical themes such as settler-colonialism, violence, oppression, and racism.

LAST UPDATED: May 7, 2024

Content Warning: This webpage discusses themes of settler-colonialism, violence, oppression, racism, among  others. The content may include narratives, images, or discussions that could be emotionally challenging for some readers. Please be advised that the information presented here may evoke strong emotions and reflect the harsh realities faced by communities affected by oppression and racism. We acknowledge the sensitivity and potential impact of these subjects.  We recommended that individuals approach this content with awareness of their emotional well-being.

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Training | Toolkits | Pedagogy



    • Ahmed, Sara. Living a Feminist Life. Durham: Duke University Press, 2017. —– This book explores the ways in which feminist theories and pedagogies work to learn and unlearn colonial universities, among other things. Special attention should be paid to “Part II: Diversity Work“.
    • Cote-Meek, Sheila, and Taima Moeke-Pickering, eds. Decolonizing and Indigenizing Education in Canada. Toronto: Canadian Scholars, 2020. —– This collection offers practical tools to work through the complexities of decolonizing classrooms at Canadian universities.
    • Emdin, Christopher. For White Folks Who Teach in the Hood and the Rest of Y’all Too: Reality Pedagogy and Urban Education. Boston: Beacon, 2016. —– An early study using Black and Hip-Hop pedagogies in order to teach white educators how to talk about blackness and anti-blackness in the United States.
    • Givens, Jarvis R. Fugitive Pedagogy: Carter G. Woodson and the Art of Black Teaching. Cambridge, Massachusetts: Harvard University Press, 2021. —– A history of the ways in which enslaved Black Africans and their descendants in the United States educated generations of children, despite laws denying them this freedom.
    • hooks, bell. Teaching to Transgress: Education as the Practice of Freedom. New York: Routledge, 1994. —– hooks argues that liberatory pedagogy is created by teaching people to go beyond the boundaries our society assigns.
    • Oluo, Ijeoma. So You Want to Talk About Race. New York: Seal, 2018. —– This is a comprehensive study of the ways in which to teach race in classrooms, written from the perspective of Black Pedagogies.
    • Tanner, Samuel Jaye. Whiteness, Pedagogy, and Youth in America: Critical Whiteness Studies in the Classroom. New York: Routledge, 2018. —– Tanner recounts the details of a year-long study in which Tanner challenged US white high-school students to reflect on the ways in which whiteness corrupted their communities.


    • Community Mobilization in Crisis: This organization, founded by activists in Ottawa, has many resources especially designed to make connections between people all over the world who are creating communities of care, especially in post-secondary institutions.

Personal Stories:

Raw and intimate glimpse into the lives of individuals navigating global crises or impacted by conflict, capturing their resilience, strength, and unwavering spirit that encourages building bridges of solidarity.

Legal Advocacy and Academic Freedom:

  • Palestine Legal: Legal advice, Know Your Rights training, advocacy and litigation support to college students, grassroots activists and affected communities who stand for justice in Palestine. Palestine Legal also monitors incidents of suppression to expose trends in tactics to silence Palestine activism.
  • British Society for Middle Eastern Studies/European Legal Support Centre: Report on the impact of the IHRA definition on anti-Semitism on academic freedom and freedom of expression.
  • British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES) – Grassroots, anti-racist, democratic, and transnational and non-violence campaigns in solidarity with the liberation struggle in Palestine.
  • Campus Climate Resource Page by the Middle East Studies Association – Resources in response to academic freedom-related developments on campuses across North America and Beyond.
  • Crackdown on Freedom of Speech of Palestinian Citizens of Israel – A report by Adalah: Legal Center for Arab Minority Rights in Israel.
  • Defending your Advocacy on Palestine in the Higher Education Context – Briefing prepared in consultation with ELSC, BRISMES Campaigns and London Region UCU representatives for employees in higher education in England and Wales.
  • Academia for Equality – Promoting democratization, equality and access to higher education for all communities living in Israel.
  • International Solidarity for Academic Freedom in India (InSAF) – Promoting academic freedom for social justice, knowledge production and the fostering of social selves.