Anti-Racism Education

Anti-racist, decolonizing, and inclusive practices for the education system.

This one-week summer institute is designed to foster deep discussions that will promote anti-racist, decolonizing and inclusive practices in the education system. Course participants will work in small and large groups as they learn from anti-racist education mentors and experts, as well as school educators from British Columbia and across Canada.

The institute aims at building capacity for participants to individually and collaboratively work to create, advance and embed anti-racism and equity in their work in schools/institutions.

Connection to Open Online Course

This program builds on content from the existing open online self-paced course around the same topic, Historical, Systemic and Intersectional Anti-racism: From Awareness to Action. Please note, prior exposure to the open online course is not a requirement. Participants in the summer institute will receive access to the course, as well as a certificate of completion.


Anti-Racism Education

Dates: July 11-15, 2022
Time: 9:30am-12:30pm
Format: Online via Zoom
Cost: $250 +GST

Guest Speakers

Featuring renowned researchers, scholars, and educators:

  • Dr. George Dei
  • Dr. Melissa Wilson
  • Dr. Naved Bakali
  • many local BC researchers and educators

Course Instructors

Beth Applewhite is a District Principal of Equity, Diversity and Inclusion with the Burnaby School District. Beth is a bi-racial educator of Trinidadian and Scottish heritages who has been unrelenting in her determination to challenge the status quo and create equitable learning experiences that acknowledge and address racism and celebrate personal and cultural identities. She has been an educator in the B.C. K-12 system for over twenty-five years, strongly advocating for educators and school communities to actively acknowledge Black history, achievements, contributions, love and joy. In 2007, she founded the first Black Secondary Student Committee in Western Canada and has annually led Anti-Racism Student Symposiums and Youth Conferences since 2009. Most recently, she has been leading the formation of the BC Black Administrators Association. Constantly looking for cross-cultural and intersectional opportunities, Beth often collaborates with Indigenous and LGBTQ+ educators and community leaders. She believes that racism is one of the most serious problems facing schools today. Beth advocates for honest discourse, student and community voice, and the need to address and unpack racism and racial bias. She has been providing Anti-Racism presentations and training for Students, Staff, Administrators, Trustees, and Parents in multiple Districts in the Lower Mainland. She has been supporting Anti-Racism working groups and initiatives with the Ministry, the BCPVPA and Cross-District Groups. Beth uses her lived experience and the shared lived experiences of students and families to inform her practice and share with educators the painful, long-reaching effects of racism in schools.

Dr. Andrea Dulay is an adjunct professor in the Language and Literacy Department in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia (UBC – Vancouver). Dulay’s teaching interests are literacy practices, assessment, and anti-racist pedagogy. She is also a BCTF social justice/anti-racism workshop facilitator for the British Columbia Teachers Federation and has been an educator in British Columbia’s K-12 system for the last 25 years. Since 2009, Dulay has served as a UBC Convocation Senator working with various Senate sub-committees with the most recent being the Senate Curriculum Committee. She was also appointed as the BC Agent, by the Ministry of Education, to some BC offshore schools in Asia. Her doctoral work examined the experiences of second-generation Indo-Canadian students with BC provincial exams. Dulay’s teaching in the Bachelor of Education program focuses on English language learning methodologies, multiple literacies combined with assessment; in addition, she incorporates anti-racist pedagogy in her teaching and encourages students to meaningfully design lessons/units with First Peoples Perspectives of Learning. She is interested in researching best practices in language, learning assessment, anti-racist pedagogy, and disseminating these practices to teacher candidates in the teaching education program.

Dr. Bathseba Opini is an Assistant Professor of Teaching in the Department of Educational Studies, Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver. Her areas of research and teaching interests are in critical race and antiracism education pedagogies and practices, anti-colonial education and thought, critical disability studies, teacher education, teaching practices and cultural knowledges. She is interested in interrogating social, cultural and political aspects of the curricula, teaching and policy and their implications for marginalized learners. Dr. Opini is the recipient of the Murray Elliot Service Award for Outstanding Service to the Teacher Education Program as well as the Faculty of Education Lecturer and Sessional Faculty Teaching Prize. She has taught in the K-12 system locally and globally. Dr. Opini is the recipient of several research grants and author of numerous journal articles and book chapters.