Antiracist Teaching Endowment

The Asao and Kelly Inoue Antiracist Teaching Endowment is an endowment set up through the Oregon State University Foundation. OSU is where I started my teaching and work in the field, and I am grateful to the wonderful mentors and teachers in the then, OSU English Department, which now is the School of Writing, Literature, and Film

My hope is that by 2026, the endowment will fund at least the following: 

  • An antiracist teaching conference for secondary and postsecondary teachers from across the disciplines to meet, share ideas and practices (you know, do the conference thing!). 
  • Support a summer workshop or institute for a smaller group of teachers to learn about and research antiracist teaching approaches. These teachers will then offer their research at the next year's conference. 
  • Several scholarships for students who wish to focus on antiracist approaches to teaching in a variety of disciplines, but likely scholarships will begin in literacy and language teaching in college. This will start small, but build.  
My wife and I have committed to donating at least $50,000 ourselves in the first few years, and all of the future royalties for my book, Above the Well: An Antiracist Argument from A Boy of Color (WAC Clearinghouse and University Press of Colorado, 2021). You can read the entire book for free online, but if you purchase a printed copy, those royalties go to the endowment. 

If you've benefited from my work and scholarship over the years, consider giving to the endowment, perhaps more than once. No matter what, I will be donating other royalties of future books of mine to this endowment, and finding other ways to increase its size. 

You can give your donations of any amount by going to the page below, then in the field "I want to give to," type: Asao and Kelly Inoue Antiracist Teaching Endowment. 

If you prefer to send a check, be sure that the name of the endowment is written on the check somewhere. Send the check to: 

OSU Foundation
4238 SW Research Way
Corvallis, OR 97333-1068

Asao and Kelly Inoue
Thank you all for your help. In this way, I hope my my research and scholarship can DO antiracist work, can MAKE antiracist teachers in more ways, and can build a more equitable, sustainable, antiracist, and socially just future for everyone.  


Asao B. Inoue 


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