Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC)


Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC)

The purpose of the award-winning ARPAC project at St. Cloud State is to provide intensive training for faculty committed to incorporating anti-racist pedagogy into courses across disciplines and across campus. ARPAC consists of an annual faculty development workshop and monthly follow-up sessions which support faculty in their teaching, and foster a community of educators committed to anti-racist praxis. 

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.

What faculty say about ARPAC

Theresa Estrem - Communication Sciences and Disorders

"...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."

Mark Minger - Biology

"...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."

Kathryn Gainey - Art

"...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."