Southern alumna Daisha Brabham, ’17, recently served as a panelist at the Yale Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition’s 24th annual conference: “Teaching Race and Slavery in the American Classroom.” Brabham spoke as a member of the “Teachers Roundtable: Teaching History in the Classroom Today,” which featured high school and elementary school educators offering insights into their pedagogies on race and slavery education, along with their strategies to circumvent and outmaneuver political critical race theory (CRT) attacks.
Brabham, an adjunct faculty member in the SCSU History Department, is a teacher at Windsor High School in Windsor, Conn., and a member of the Anti-Racist Teaching and Learning Collective (ARTLC).
At Windsor Public Schools, Brabham teaches Civics and an African American and Latino Studies course, newly mandated to be offered at all Connecticut schools. She also works on curriculum development.
Brabham, who majored in history at Southern, was invited to speak on the panel to offer her thoughts on teaching race and identity in the national context of critical race theory discussions based on her work with the ARTLC and teaching the African American and Latino course at Windsor High School.
Following her graduation from Southern, Brabham was awarded a prestigious U.S. Fulbright – U.K. Partnership Award for the 2019-2020 academic year that allowed her to complete a Master’s of Public History degree at Royal Holloway University of London.
Her summary of the conference’s proceedings was published on the Gilder Lehman website as well as the website of the ARTLC, and she also authored the accompanying summaries of the takeaways for the video recordings.
Read Brabham’s Key Takeaways from the Gilder Lehrman Center 24th Annual Conference: Teaching Race & Slavery in the American Classroom (November 16, 2022)
The Gilder Lehrman Center for the Study of Slavery, Resistance, and Abolition at the Whitney and Betty MacMillan Center for International and Area Studies was founded in 1998 at Yale University. The Gilder Lehrman Center was the first institution in the world wholly devoted to scholarship, public education, and outreach about the global problem of slavery across all borders and all time.