Need Help?

CCA Logo

Join Us

Last updated on Feb 03, 2021

Decolonial School Curriculum Development Sessions

Decolonizing the curriculum sessions will create the space and resources for all members of the college on how to imagine and respectfully envision the inclusion of all cultures and knowledge systems in our curriculum and pedagogies. This includes what is being taught and how it frames the world. It centers local and global Indigeneity and rematriation.

During the academic year 2020-2021, the Decolonial School Curriculum Development Initiative will evolve in the form of three paths. Decolonizing Sessions will be for folks who identify as BIPOC. Unsettling Sessions will be for folks who identify as white. Additionally, during the Spring 2021 semester we will have Community Sessions*, where both paths come together to engage in dialogue with students while addressing specific components of CCA’s curricula..

Information Session Video - 10.07.2020

Fall 2020

Decolonizing Sessions

Unsettling Sessions

For BIPOC folks who are affected by colonialism and settler colonialism, removal of western ideologies in favor of ancestral ways in teaching, serving, etc.

For folks who identify as white,  who are descendants of settlers, benefit, and/or inflicted colonialism in teaching, serving, etc.

Spring 2021

Decolonizing Sessions

Unsettling Sessions

Community Sessions*

For BIPOC folks who are affected by colonialism and settler colonialism, removal of western ideologies in favor of ancestral ways in teaching, serving, etc.

For folks who identify as white, who are descendants of settlers, benefit, and/or inflicted colonialism in teaching, serving, etc.

*For folks who participated in all sessions from FA2020, these sessions are for folks to come together and engage in dialogue with students while addressing specific components of CCA’s curricula.


Additional Information

Who can apply?

Decolonial School Sessions are open to CCA faculty who are interested in studying decolonial praxis and work together in creating new curricula. Community Sessions are open to faculty participants and CCA students.

How faculty can apply?

Faculty fill out this participation form and we will reach out with more details and dates for the sessions.

How students can apply?

Interested students should fill out the form for participation and we will reach out with more details and dates for the sessions.

How will the sessions work?

Decolonial School will invite monthly guests to lead conversations and exchange knowledge on a series of topics relating to each path. Participants are required to complete asynchronous assignments, activities and participate in all synchronous sessions.

  • Format: Virtual
  • All Sessions: 2 hour synchronous + 1 hour asynchronous
  • Monthly: On a Wednesday

What are the topics that will be covered in each session?

Month

Decolonizing Sessions

Unsettling Sessions

Community Sessions

October

Modernity, History, and the West • Wednesday, October 14TH • 9-11AM

Unsettling Whiteness • Facilitator Dr. Jordan Reznick • Wednesday, October 14TH • 9-11AM

November

Linguistic Imperialism • Facilitator Allison Yasukawa • Wednesday, November 18TH • 9-11AM

Unsettling Whiteness #2 • Facilitator Dr. Jordan Reznick • Wednesday, November 11TH • 9-11AM

December

Sovereignty • Facilitator Sadie Red Wing • Wednesday, December 9 • 9-11AM (PST)

Linguistic Imperialism • Facilitator Allison Yasukawa • Wednesday, December 2ND • 9-11AM

January

February

Design Pedagogy I & II (TWO SESSIONS)

March

Discipline vs. Resistance

April

Learning to Unlearn

May

Decolonizing + Capitalism • Facilitator Dr. Vikramaditya Prakash

Who is the Decolonial School?

The Decolonial School is an interdisciplinary group of CCA faculty working on building a new curricular model for art and design education that foregrounds Indigenous practices and acknowledges decolonization as a continuous process.

Will there be compensation for faculty or students?

We cannot offer funding at this time. We welcome tenured, tenure track, ranked non-tenure and adjunct faculty. We also welcome all interested undergraduate or graduate students. All ranked faculty who participate for the duration of the year, will be eligible for college-wide service credit. During the duration of the program, we will provide participants with curricular support, consultation with global experts in the fields of art, design and decoloniality and select materials.

What are the expectations?

Our expectation is that faculty will commit to the process for the entire academic year and upon completion, return to their respective programs to share their learnings and experiences.

Why is there a path for BIPOC and a path for self-identified white folks?

To minimize harm. Separate spaces are necessary to protect the mental health and support the multifaceted well being of both groups. Separate spaces will not immediately or completely eradicate ableism, homophobia, racism or oppression from happening but we find it to be a critical step in building trust, creating community, safety and visibility.

Will the lectures and workshops be recorded?

Yes and no, it will depend on the invited guests consent, including permission to record and share their session. We will use youtube, ZOOM and google classroom to facilitate curriculum.