COMMITTED TO EMPOWERING THE EXPERIENCES OF TEACHER CANDIDATES OF COLOUR
uNIVERSITY OF OTTAWA'S
TEACHER CANDIDATES OF COLOUR
The Teacher Candidates of Colour (TCC) Collective was created by a group of TCCs in their final academic year (2019/2020) of Teacher Education. They felt that through experience in the program, practicum and their lived experiences, they were always challenged. They realised that in Teacher Education, they would inevitably be targeted because of the systemic and structural racist barriers that continue to both directly and indirectly harm marginalized TCCs. Upon graduating, a new group of TCCs have taken on this role to continue the work and legacy of the previous TCC Collective.
The TCC Collective work is based on an anti-oppressive framework and a consensus-based decision-making process. By recognizing bodies and identities of other marginalized groups, the aim is to provide solidarity through active learning and unlearning. We understand that TCCs — both directly and indirectly — experience racism on an ongoing basis, which is quite unnerving. Our hope, as a collective, is to address and challenge the inherent racism that perversely permeates our educational institutions.
The TCC Collective aims to come together and work on projects that focus on the following goals: (1) decolonizing the body, mind, and spirit, which focus on learning and unlearning our own assumptions and biases, (2) decentralizing hierarchies and power dynamics to empower marginalized communities and individuals, and finally, (3) removing and reducing systemic and structural barriers that exist.