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Anti-Racism Dialogues

Students in the DMC

The Anti-Racism Dialogues  are focused on how to create a more just and equitable MassArt community. They are designed to increase our capacity to have courageous conversations about race and racism that affect the way we teach, learn, work, and live with one another. This approach is grounded in the belief that individual change is simultaneous to addressing institutional racism. 


Anti-Racist Critique Learning Community

Students, faculty, and staff are invited to join in a semester-long Anti-Racist Critique Learning Community hosted by two members of the Retooling Critique working group, Billie Lee and Judith Leemann. Your level of involvement is flexible and voluntary according to your capacity.

BIPOC students and faculty across higher education in the visual arts have long testified to the harms taking place within spaces of studio critique and beyond. We know there is work to be done on critique at MassArt, but when to do this work and how? We invite you to do this work now, with and for each other, towards collective social transformation. 

Designed to take place alongside and via your regular coursework/teaching, this Anti-Racist Critique Learning Community is:

  • A space for us to better understand the mechanisms of critique so that we can work towards transforming art pedagogy.
  • An opportunity to share resources, questions, and pedagogical ideas and to apply new approaches in an open, supported, and experimental format. 
  • An approach that foregrounds the role of peer witness and reflection among students/faculty to emphasize the role of process and awareness rather than outcome. 

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Student Interest Form 

Faculty/Staff Interest Form 


inclusive facilitation training 

Participate in a two-day training presented by Dr. Liza Talusan on engaging conversation about diversity, racism, bias, privilege, and power. Following the training, participants will have the opportunity to assess their readiness to apply facilitation skills for the Anti-Racism Dialogues at a later date.

Email jet@massart.edu to learn more.


Undoing Racism ®

Upon completion of the Anti-Racism Dialogues, participants have the opportunity to attend a 2.5 day intensive workshop led by The People's Institute for Survival and Beyond

Sponsored by MassArt and Colleges of the Fenway (COF)


affinity groups: what are they and why are they important? 

Affinity groups provide spaces for individuals to work within their own racial groups. Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) and White groups in the U.S. have been impacted by racism in different ways. It is important to provide time and space to work explicitly and intentionally on understanding one’s own culture to increase a critical analysis around these concepts. 

The JET office is working with members of our community to hold space for faculty and staff affinity groups to meet voluntarily throughout the semester. Groups will meet together periodically for time in community.

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LOOKING FOR MORE?

Check out a curated list of anti-racism resources and more in the JET Pack (accessible with MassArt NetID and password) and this selection created by MassArt’s Godine Library, Racism, Diversity, and Protest.

Have a resource that you would like to share? Let us know!

Questions? Email jet@massart.edu.