Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC)

2013 - 5th Annual ARPAC Workshop

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

The workshop was be led by nationally recognized scholars 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 developed curriculum modifications for existing or new courses with implementation in future semesters and engaged in ongoing follow-up meetings during the 2013-2014 academic year.

Schedule and Workshop Outline

Week One

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

Topics 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 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

Meet the Presenters

Joy Bailey picture

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 published in June 2012.