In this webinar, doctoral candidate and Unstandardized English podcast host JPB Gerald will discuss the ways in which seemingly “neutral” descriptors, particularly involving race, can mask societal hierarchies, and will provide strategies for avoiding linguistic pitfalls. JPB will walk through a series of examples wherein these seemingly neutral words may go unnoticed to some, but can have polarizing effects, depending on perspective and experience. Participants will come away with new insights as to how they can use language to challenge oppression in their roles as educators. We should all remember that our words hold power to both elevate and potentially deconstruct our audience.

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About JPB Gerald:
JPB Gerald is an educator and doctoral candidate at CUNY – Hunter College pursuing an Ed.D. in Instructional Leadership. His scholarship focuses on language education, racism, and whiteness. He lives with his wife, young son, and dog in New York, on what would be recognized as Munsee Lenape/Canarsie land. He hopes you will join him on the journey toward decoding and decentering whiteness and anti-Blackness in education.

A Discussion of Harmful Coded Language: Decoding and Decentering Whiteness and Anti-Blackness in Education

September 29, 2021 @ 7:00 pm-September 29, 2021 @ 8:00 pm