How does our inability to think about how bias affects our classroom spaces affect access and opportunity for others?
I was recently in a meeting where we were discussing moving classes online and requiring synchronous sessions for students each week at a set time. The institution I am working with on this is a prestigious ivy-league school and their bascia assumption was that ALL students would have equal access to the internet at home, be able to attend live sessions at night (in other words would not have to work, look after children or family members etc.) and that timezones would "not matter"
All these assumptions came from a blindspot in this person's thinking - they assumed all students had the same kind of life they did. They, in fact, very often do not. The decisions we are making NOW, no matter how seemingly small and prodedural they may be, are affecting students in various ways - for some, we are making decisions that take them out of the equation altogether.
Think about some conversations you are having now in your setting that could be limiting access to some folx, or making life in challenging time EVEN harder for others....
Can we do better?