Decolonization and Culturally Responsive Teaching Practices and the Role of Historically Black Colleges and Universities
Nicole Buzzetto-Hollywood

Historically Black Colleges and Universities were forged from the fire of colonization and racialization, serving to engage and up-lift students who are often from traditionally underserved groups. While the challenges that existed during reconstruction and Jim Crow no longer persist in the United States, educational inequities and the legacy of racialization, colonization, and otherization continue to impact today’s students entering higher education. Accordingly, American HBCUs are at the forefront of decolonization and culturally responsive teaching, whereas CRT is a research-based pedagogical approach that focuses on acknowledging and validating the lived experiences and assets students bring to the classroom. More specifically, culturally responsive teaching is focused on empowering students with meaningful cultural referents to strengthen students' sense of identity, promoting equity and inclusion, engaging students in course material, and promoting social justice, critical thinking, and reflective reasoning.

Full Text: PDF     DOI: 10.15640/jehd.v12n1a1