University Faculty Training Lists ‘Perfectionism,’ ‘Sense of Urgency’ As Indicators of ‘White Supremacy’

by Angela Morabito


Faculty and graduate students at Colorado University – Boulder were recently encouraged to reject “neoliberal” concepts of time, as well as to avoid “cultural norms of white supremacy” like “sense of urgency” and “individualism” in their classrooms.

The university’s Equitable Teaching Conference, hosted by the University’s Center for Teaching and Learning, convened instructors and graduate students for virtual sessions on how to use “equity-minded practices” in the classroom. Attendance at the conference was entirely voluntary; faculty and instructors were not required to participate.

Presentation slides obtained by Campus Reform reveal details of a session titled “Anti-racist pedagogy and decolonizing the classroom,” taught by Dr. Becca Ciancanelli. One of the slides lists “perfectionism,” “sense of urgency,” “quantity over quality,” and “individualism” as “Cultural norms of White Supremacy.”

Another tells instructors they should be “Decolonizing the classroom” by changing the way they approach the concept of time. The slide tells participants to “resist colonial and neoliberal coercion around time and productivity” by using flexible deadlines, allowing students to choose their own deadlines, or not penalizing late work. Attendees were advised to “help students become conscious of the colonial morality around the use of time (worth=productivity).” This idea is credited to Professor Sam Bullington, who teaches in the Community Studies Program within the school of education.

Ciancarelli’s presentation credits Bullington for several other cited methods of decolonization, including “incorporate[ing] connecting with the earth into assignments and classroom activities, and “help[ing] students recognize their complicity in promoting human exceptionalism/human superiority.”

Several of the suggestions for decolonizing relate to academic standards. “Critique the (white western masculine) disembodied rationality focus of the educational system,” one item reads. Another says “question the need for mastery, certainty and perfection.”

Other sessions at the conference included “Crafting a Social Justice Syllabus” and “Empowering Microaggression Reporting with your Syllabus.” A representative from CU Boulder tells Campus Reform that no presentation slides were used or recordings made of these sessions.

Professors Ciancanelli and Bullington did not respond to requests for comment.

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Angela Morabito is a Higher Education Fellow and Spokeswoman for Campus Reform.
Photo “University of Colorado Boulder” by University of Colorado Boulder.







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4 Thoughts to “University Faculty Training Lists ‘Perfectionism,’ ‘Sense of Urgency’ As Indicators of ‘White Supremacy’”

  1. Deplorable Neanderthal

    Would anyone want to drive over a bridge designed by engineers inculcated in such nonsense?

    Or be operated on by a surgeon who was trained not to be concerned about perfection or timeliness?

    Or live in a country governed by politicians who believe this crap?

    Add CU-Boulder to the list of colleges you don’t want your children/grandchildren to attend.

    And if you happen to have the misfortune of being an alumnus/a of this institution, you need to do some soul-searching before you write any more checks.

  2. 83ragtop50

    The University of Colorado at Boulder is a long time hotbed of leftwing radicalism and dope heads. This is really nothing new.

  3. akaMOTU

    Well now, I guess getting rid of this sense of urgency and being on time also applies to the “perfessor” getting paid…

  4. David Longfellow

    Another article demonstrating how the left worships mediocrity.