Dr. Megan Hatch, Associate Professor of Urban Studies for the Levin College of Public Affairs and Education received the American Society of Public Administration’s 2023 Section on Democracy and Social Justice Peer Reviewed Article of the Year Award for her manuscript titled “Strategies for Introspection and Instruction Towards Antiracism in Public Management and Administration” published in the Journal of Public Management & Social Policy.
The article states to be anti-racist is to be actively engaged in the fight against racism, as inaction only serves to reinforce racism and oppression. In teaching the next generation of public servants, educators have a responsibility to be antiracist in their classrooms. The development of this antiracist approach requires both introspective and instructional efforts. The article, which Dr. Hatch wrote in collaboration with Rachel Emas (Rutgers University – Newark), Del Bharath (Savannah State University), and Tia Sherèe Gaynor (University of Cincinnati) discusses the internal work that educators must undertake to become antiracist before teaching students how to do so. Then, the article explores what steps faculty can take towards building an antiracist pedagogy and syllabus. From these efforts, educators will be better prepared to help students be antiracist and inclusive leaders by modeling these values and practicing what they teach.