Expanding the training: incorporating antiracism and social justice topics in optional tutor professional development

Best practices in Peer Tutoring
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This 10-minute asynchronous presentation will outline a strategy for incorporating issues pertaining to equity, antiracism and social justice into tutor training and tutoring practices.
Optional Paid professional development for tutors was offered to tutors beginning in the summer of 2020, allowing them to integrate four hours of paid professional development into their work each term. Goals include giving tutors opportunity to engage in crucial topics, lead and mentor their peers when bringing topics back to the team, and select topics based on other in-class learning. Peer tutors, as students, are being introduced to many of these concepts in their courses, and the professional development allows exploration of ideas that will feed their own academic pursuit, while strengthening the communication with students in tutoring sessions and bringing forward concepts that can be incorporated into the service.
While the tutoring team is multicultural and reflects the student population at the institution, the tutor trainers are not a diverse group. Tutors are encouraged to seek out opportunities coming from diverse and racialized voices and tied into other study and interests.
Expertise is shared across the team, as tutors are required to both reflect and to share resources with peers and tutor trainers.
Douglas College
Douglas College
Coordinator and Instructor, Learning Centre

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