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Reflective Essays

Vol. 25 No. 3

Black and Indigenous Thought in Response to the COVID-19 Reality

December 15, 2020


Community engaged learning is being profoundly impacted by the global pandemic and racial reckoning that defines the COVID-19 reality. In order to best respond to this COVID-19 reality, community engaged scholars and practitioners must draw on the knowledge ways produced by Black and Indigenous thinkers for which the intersection of pandemic and state violence is not new. By addressing the field’s assumptions of time and space and interrogating the accompanying practices of white adventure and the real world dichotomy, scholars and practitioners have the potential to create a community engaged learning praxis that will thrive in the new normal created by the interplay of COVID-19 and the movement for Black lives.