ARRK – January 2022 Discussion

ARRK January 2022 Discussion with Chris Ludwa

Participants restricted to Kalamazoo College Faculty, Staff, Students, and Administration

A discussion on Valyn Lyric Turner’s spoken word poem “Race in the Classroom: Seeing Color”

11:30 a.m. – 12:10 p.m. on Tuesday, January 18th
ARRK Meeting space (MS Teams)
Discussion Leader: Chris Ludwa

For January’s ARRK Chris Ludwa will be leading a discussion of Valyn Lyric Turner’s spoken word poem “Race in the Classroom: Seeing Color.” Ludwa used this video in his Social Justice and the Arts course last term and students remarked how much this piece and Ms. Turner’s delivery connected with their experiences of being “seen” and “unseen” at K. We’ll use this short video as a prompt to check in with inclusive practices, successes and challenges at K over the last two years.

The AntiRacism Reading Knook (ARRK) is a collaboration between the K College library staff and our Inclusive Excellence (KCIE) leadership team. This initiative is NOT a book club, but seeks to facilitate campus-wide engagement with the books in the KCIE Reading for Change book collection. This collection was created to encourage learning about and facilitate greater access to antiracism information to all members of the campus community.

ARRK aims to:

  1. reduce barrier to entry into reading antiracism books,
  2. identify and highlight campus facilitators with experience teaching and/or disciplinary expertise who can provide context and guide discussions of specific texts,
  3. foster broader relationships among faculty and staff, and thus
  4. build greater capacity for an inclusive campus through sustained and focused engagement with shared texts.
  5. help catalyze members of the campus to engage in small group discussions of entire books in the collection (self-organized book clubs, if you will).

For further information on #ARRK see the KCIE AntiRacism Reading Knook page. To volunteer to lead one of these sessions complete the ARRK Discussion Leader application.