(Update: March 2018): If you are teaching in UK Higher Education please consider completing our short, anonymous survey on curriculum diversification: https://goo.gl/6g8V5G
We are a group of individuals who teach, study and work in psychology and are trying to move the discipline away from its overwhelmingly White, Western bias (see how its biased here). We are directly influenced by the Why Is My Curriculum White movement.
We work at Leeds Beckett University and received a small grant (£,2,500) from our Centre for Learning and Teaching to highlight this Western*, White bias in our BSc and MSc Psychology courses in September 2016 (and again in September 2017). We know this bias is not exclusive to Leeds Beckett or even the UK, however. Therefore we have set up this website with the aim of signposting BME psychological and anti-racism work to begin to challenge this bias. We try to be mindful of the breadth and depth of racism in higher education and of the overwhelming need to do justice to BME psychological work.We know this website can only be one small step towards this.
~Glen Jankowski (firstname.lastname@example.org), Sarah Gillborn (email@example.com), Rowan Sandle (firstname.lastname@example.org), Kevin Hylton & Kirsty Bower.
Below is a short video outlining the project.
“Expanding on diversification, ‘decolonising’ the curriculum has been summarised by Sabaratnam (2017) as a combination of: critically interrogating assumptions about how the world works and how these assumptions implicate people of colour; questioning the location and identity of authors and the reproduction of knowledge, interrogating what they write, how they write about it, and what influence this has on our understanding; and considering the implications of a diverse student body in terms of pedagogy and achievement, working to break down structural barriers and inequality in order to enable students equal opportunity to succeed”