Ep 9 - The #1 Mistake Facilitators Make When Students Want to Debate about Injustice, and What to Do Instead

Most big-hearted educators I know recognize that as vital and rewarding as social justice work can be, it can also be difficult, messy, and intimidating.

One of the reasons facilitators may experience stress in anticipation of a difficult discussion around injustice is because they are relying on their good intentions to carry them, but they don’t always have all the tools they need to deliver on those good intentions. In other words, there is a disconnect between what they value in theory and how those theories translate into effective practice.

In today’s episode, I share what I believe is the biggest mistake facilitators make when students want to debate about injustice, and I offer tools to approach your work with greater confidence and effectiveness in response.

I don’t want you, or your students, to be in the position I was once in as a well-intended, but ill-equipped facilitator, unintentionally causing more harm despite trying to prevent it. 

Want to know what the mistake is, and what you can do instead? Tune in now to find out!


At the end of the episode, I share information about a free PDF I created for you which includes the text of anti-racist discussion guidelines I wrote and have used on a number of my course syllabi. If you would like an idea of how you might word your own such statement, feel free to copy mine in its entirety, or revise and adapt it for your own needs.

Get your free copy: Sample Anti-Racist Discussion Guidelines Statement