This course is designed to prepare students to work with children and youth from diverse backgrounds and to help students develop a culturally competent teaching practice. This course exposes students to the complicated nature of racism and bias and the strong hold it has on children, schools, teachers, and families within our society. Through readings, discussions, speakers from community anti-racist groups, and service-learning in a public school, students examine their own racism and develop strategies to teach effectively in multicultural settings. One key component of the course is required attendance in Building Bridges of Asheville, a nine-week community based anti-racism program. There is a $30 registration fee. General Education: CIV: Social Justice