College of Education and Human Development - George Mason University

Central to the work of higher education is the production and dissemination of knowledge.

Yet, we see example after example of the systemic racism and structural injustice that work against creating research protocols grounded in anti-racist and inclusive practices. From the false premise of testing in the Tuskegee Syphilis study to Kohlberg’s work on moral development that eliminated women from participant selection, research processes have been undergirded by biased and hegemonic thinking.

Our goal is to shift research practices to be more inclusive, less oppressive, and explicitly anti-racist. In this process, we acknowledge the following:

  • Our roles as researchers in higher education are historically problematic.
  • Researchers, research, and methods all exist within a historical context of racism, subjugation, and control.
  • As researchers, we have a moral obligation to interrogate our research goals, methods, and dissemination strategies and to resist, disrupt, and dismantle white supremacy in the context of academia and research.

This website is a work in progress, offering resources for university researchers to interrogate their own research practices through an anti-racist and decolonizing lens.

Please join our workshop on September 29th!