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Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum Workshop

An Award-winning Program

Organized by CARE and Multicultural Resource Center


What SCSU Faculty say about ARPAC:

"...I always thought I was functioning in a non-racist mode and that I did not need further training. However, this training opened my eyes and mind to the greater impact that I can have by learning how to be ANTI-racist. The training was and continues to have a positive impact on me, as well as my students, my research, and my personal life. The training was life changing."

Theresa Estrem
Communication Sciences and Disorders

"...As a past participant in the Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum Workshop, I have learned to recognize how racism and discrimination is institutionalized on many levels, both in the past and in the present."

Kathryn Gainey

"...The ARPAC workshop was a real eye-opener for me and the experience was extremely valuable. I became aware of feelings and situations that were simply not previously in my world, and for that I am thankful. I met and interacted with faculty from across the campus, and I continue to build those friendships. I also have incorporated several assignments in my science teaching methods course that have been well received by my students. Overall, the workshop was beneficial on many levels."

Mark Minger

SCSU faculty who have completed ARPAC

The 5th annual Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum Workshop will take place May 15 - 23, 2013 at St. Cloud State University. The workshop is open to teaching faculty from all higher education institutions.

The Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum Workshop (ARPAC) is an innovative initiative that makes significant contributions to improve teaching and student learning. ARPAC is a faculty development workshop which supports faculty who incorporate anti-racist pedagogy in their classrooms and disciplines. The main objective of the workshop is to understand how race, racism, and privilege frame our professional lives and contexts and how racism manifests in our classrooms. Another objective is to connect the classroom to broader university goals and transform how race, racism, and privilege function within higher education institutions. Finally, ARPAC participants will adapt strategies, tools, and methods for developing anti-racist pedagogy and assessing student learning within the classroom.

Anti-racist pedagogy includes:

  • examining theory, structure, and the practice of racism and power relations embedded in history, and academic disciplines
  • raising self-awareness of social locations and knowledge production
  • empowering students by validating and acknowledging their everyday experiences
  • fostering critical thinking and equipping students with anti-racist language and discussion skills
  • creating a sense of community in the classroom
  • developing skills for anti-racist methodologies in the classroom

We invite you to be part of the movement to advance higher education institutional change for racial equity. The workshop will be led by nationally recognized scholars including Dr. Victor Rodriguez, California State University, Long Beach; Dr. Amy Phillips, University of North Dakota; and Joy Bailey and Carmen Valenzuela of the Minnesota Collaborative Anti-Racism Initiative.

Participants will develop curriculum modifications for existing or new courses with implementation in future semesters and will engage in ongoing follow-up meetings during the 2013 - 2014 academic year.

The workshop is open to all faculty including fixed term, adjunct instructors, and to teaching graduate students. SCSU faculty who take the ARPAC workshop are required to submit a modified syllabus or course activity, attend follow-up sessions, present during faculty workshop days in January 2014, and submit a final written reflection.

ARPAC 2013 Flyer (pdf)

Schedule and Workshop Outline

The Anti-Racist Pedagogy across the Curriculum Workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. each day and will end at 4:30 p.m. Participants are encouraged to gather from 8:00 a.m. for coffee. Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided during the day. Participants are expected to arrange their schedule so they can fully participate in all workshop sessions.

Week One

  • May 15 - 17, 2013
  • 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
  • Glacier North, Atwood Memorial Center

Topics will focus on the historical and contextual work on dismantling racism including:

  • 500 years of Racism and Resistance
  • Defining Racism (an exploration of the dynamics of race and systemic power)
  • Exploring the three manifestations of racism (individual, cultural, and institutional)
  • Dismantling systemic racism with a focus on higher education

Week Two

  • May 20 - 23, 2013
  • 8:30 a.m. — 4:30 p.m.
  • Room 219, 51 Building

Topics will focus particularly on incorporating anti-racist pedagogy across the curriculum including:

  • Understanding Systemic Racism: Weaving Together the Analysis in the Higher Education Context
  • Critical Pedagogy and Antiracism: Beyond Multicultural Pedagogy
  • What is Anti-Racist Critical Pedagogy?
  • Designing an Anti-Racist Course: Learning Outcomes, Classroom Cultures and Dynamics, Classroom Strategies, Methods, and Assessment

Registration Fee 

The registration fee covers the cost of materials and food.Participants are expected to be present for the entire workshop and to fully participate in both weeks. If you are a returning participant from one of the previous years you must register to participate again. There are no refunds.

Early bird registration received by April 15, 2013

SCSU Faculty   $65
SCSU Graduate Students $40
Non-SCSU Faculty $250
Non-SCSU Graduate Students $150


Received after April 15, 2013

SCSU Faculty   $100
SCSU Graduate Students $75
Non-SCSU Faculty $300
Non-SCSU Graduate Students $200

For more information regarding ARPAC, contact Kyoko Kishimoto at: or
call 320-308-6476.

For questions regarding registration, contact Gail Ruhland at: or call 320-308-5759.

Meet the Presenters

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Joy Bailey has been an organizer/trainer with Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training since 2005. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education and her Master’s in Socio-cultural Studies in Education, both from Western Michigan University (WMU). Her Master's thesis is titled, "Kalamazoo Public Schools People’s History Project: Applying Critical Race Theory as an Analytical Lens for Phronetic Social Science."

Joy was a high school teacher for six years in Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS). In addition, she has served as an adjunct instructor at WMU for courses on race and racism in education. Joy has been a coordinator of the Kalamazoo Public Schools Antiracism Team since 2007 as well as a community organizer for two years for Eliminating Racism and Claiming/ Celebrating Diversity (ERAC/CE), a community wide anti-racism organization in Kalamazoo, MI. Joy is currently the Director of Organizing and Training for Crossroads.


Ms. Carmen L. Valenzuela

Carmen Valenzuela is coordinator and former co-director of the Minnesota Collaborative Anti-Racism Initiative (MCARI), a long-time partner and now a regional program of Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training. Originally from Arizona, she lived in Minneapolis for over 25 years and has recently returned home.

She has a variety of management and training experience both in the corporate and nonprofit sectors. Active in MCARI since its inception in 1993, Carmen has a long history of activism in ecumenical and community organizations that have worked to understand the dynamics and intersections of gender, class and “race.” In the last ten years she has also focused on integrating the antiracism analysis and transformation lens to the organizational development process and participative strategic planning.

Through MCARI, Carmen has provided anti-racism training and organizing consultation to several colleges and universities in Minnesota and North Dakota for almost ten years. She holds a masters degree from United Theological Seminary of the Twin Cities in New Brighton, Minnesota. Carmen currently serves as a trainer/organizer and on the Board of Crossroads.


Amy Phillips

Amy Phillips is a licensed social worker with over twenty years’ experience working with families, groups, organizations, and communities. She has been a social work educator for fifteen years, teaching at Rutgers University (Camden campus), Minnesota State University Moorhead, and the University of North Dakota. Her courses help students develop knowledge and skills related to making personal and structural change in the context of small groups, organizations, and communities.

Amy has offered numerous presentations, trainings, and facilitations on strategic planning, community human rights issues, community needs assessment, anti-racist/anti-oppressive leadership, and anti-racist organizational development. She has been a founding member of two university anti-racism teams and one community-based social justice group. In her courses and her organizational and community activities, she is particularly interested in helping individuals and groups understand the functioning of power and privilege in personal and institutional values, relationships, and structures. She also works to help students and others develop the conceptual and concrete tools for addressing and dismantling prejudice, discrimination, and oppression

Amy’s scholarship reflects a focus on culturally responsive social service provision, institutional racism, experiential social work education, and rural social work workforce issues.She has an M.A. in Latin American Studies from Vanderbilt University, an M.Div. from Union Theological Seminary (New York City), an M.S.S.W. from Columbia University, and a Ph.D. from the University of North Dakota.She is a board member of the North Dakota Human Rights Coalition and is an active member of the North Dakota Public Employees Association (American Federation of Teachers Local 4660). She is an outspoken opponent of the “Fighting Sioux” logo and nickname and has published and presented on the racist nature of Native American sports nicknames, logos, and mascots.


Dr. Victor Rodriguez

Dr. Victor Rodríguez - is a Professor and former Chair of the Department of Chicano and Latino Studies at California State University, Long Beach. He has previously taught courses at the University of California, Irvine, Concordia University, Irvine and at Metropolitan University of Puerto Rico. He received a B.A. in History at the University of Puerto Rico in Rio Piedras, and received a Master's degree and Ph.D. in Comparative Culture with an emphasis in Sociology of Race and Ethnicity at the University of California at Irvine.

His area of expertise is the racialization of Latino identity and its impact on political behavior. At CSULB he teaches courses in social inequality: Wealth and Poverty in Latino Communities, Chicano/Latino Politics, and on Identity Assimilation in Chicano and Latino Life, The Ethnic Experience, Latino Transnational Experience in the Caribbean: Empire, Reform and Revolution (includes a field experience in Cuba, Dominican Republic or Puerto Rico) and Latino Population in the United States. Dr. Rodriguez is a nationally known consultant diversity trainer.

He writes and lectures about racialization in the educational system, Latino and diversity issues, works with universities on infusing anti-racist multi-cultural objectives in the curriculum and on how to recruit, retain faculty of color. The revised edition of his book Latino Politics: Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender was be published in June 2012.

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ARPAC Planning Committee

Darlene St. Clair, Department of American Indian Studies, University of Minnesota

Debra Leigh, Lead Organizer, Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative, St. Cloud State University

Hector Giovanni Antunez, Associate Director, Multicultural Resource Center, St. Cloud State University

Kyoko Kishimoto, Interim Director, Multicultural Resource Center, St. Cloud State University

ARPAC is sponsored by Minnesota State Colleges and Universities and St. Cloud State University, and organized by the Multicultural Resource Center and the Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative.


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