An Introduction to Harvard Undergraduate Identities


Thursday, March 25, 2021, 3:00pm to 4:00pm



A stack of books on topics of critical pedagogy and equity and inclusion.The 3-part Critical Pedagogy Workshop Series is designed for PhD students at all stages who are interested in critical pedagogies, thinking about building their teaching portfolios, and how teaching fits in to their own professional development goals. Each workshop considers different perspectives on teaching–from our disciplines, our students, and other lenses, and how to use those on our own learning journeys as teachers and scholars. Students may attend workshops individually or sign up for all three. 

An Introduction to Harvard Undergraduate Identities
Thursday, March 25, 3:00-4:00pm EDT
Led by the Undergraduate Pedagogy Fellows

This workshop is an introduction to how Harvard students identify and how their identities intersect with power dynamics in the classroom. A framework for understanding oppression is explained, with a focus on how power can operate interpersonally, through instructors' interactions with students. Academic racism is explored as a case-study: how can racialization interact with academic norms to affect students’ performance, engagement with material and section, and attendance? The framework used to explain what happens in the case of racialization can be extended to a number of other aspects  of identity. The presentation ends with a facilitated discussion which aims to ensure that participants are walking away with a framework for understanding these complex issues in the classroom and insights into the Harvard undergraduate experience. 


See sessions one and three in the series.

Please Note: Workshops will not be recorded; follow-up materials and additional resources will be shared afterward. Interested students are encouraged to visit the Equity and Inclusion page of our website.