Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC)

2014 - 6th Annual ARPAC Workshop

The 6th annual Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC) Workshop will take place August 4-8, 2014 at SCSU's Twin Cities Graduate Center, 6401 Sycamore Court N., Maple Grove, MN 55369. The award-winning workshop is open to educators and teaching faculty from all higher education institutions.

The ARPAC workshop 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 examine how race, racism, and privilege frame our professional lives and to discover how racism manifests in our classrooms. The workshop provides useful ideas on how to incorporate anti-racism instructional methods into courses across disciplines, across campuses. ARPAC participants will adapt strategies, tools, and methods for developing anti-racist pedagogy and assessment of student learning within the classroom. Another objective is to connect the classroom to broader university goals and transform how race, racism, and privilege function within higher education institutions.

The workshop will be led by nationally recognized scholars Dr. Victor Rodriguez, California State University, Long Beach and Dr. Emily Drew, Willamette University. 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 2014-2015 academic year.

The workshop is open to all faculty including fixed term, adjunct instructors, and teaching graduate students. Non-faculty members who wish to apply anti-racist pedagogy to a specific educational project, initiative, or program may also register. 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 2015, and submit a final written reflection.

ARPAC 2014 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 5:00 p.m. Participants are encouraged to gather at 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.

Days One and Two

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  

Days Three, Four, and Five

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

Meet the Presenters  

Dr. Emily Drew

Dr. Emily Drew is an Associate Professor of Sociology at Willamette University, where she teaches courses about racism, urban sociology, education, and social change. Her research agenda revolves around understanding how race and racism operate inside of social institutions, with the goal of helping to illuminate more effective strategies for interrupting institutionalized racism. Drew’s newest published work in the Journal of Urban Affairs explores how a neighborhood in Portland, Oregon responds to gentrification by raising consciousness and building “antiracist place.” She works with CAUSA, a coalition for immigrant justice in Oregon, and is also a co-facilitator for workshops to understand systemic racism for Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training.

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 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 in the U.S. and the Caribbean and its impact on political behavior and education. He is also an anti-colonial activist and public intellectual.  His work has been published in English and in Spanish in academic journals in the U.S. and Spain. He has written for the Los Angeles Times, the Orange County Register, and Spanish publications in Colombia and Puerto Rico. His most recent articles were published in ACADEME: Magazine of the American Association of University Professors on neo-liberalism and higher education in Puerto Rico (2011) and in Counterpunch on Puerto Rico’s colonial and economic crisis (2014).  The revised edition of his book Latino Politics in the United States: Race, Ethnicity, Class and Gender in the Mexican American and Puerto Rican Experience (Kendall-Hunt) was published on June 2012. 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.

2014 ARPAC Planning Committee          

  • Giovanni Antunez,  Associate Director, Multicultural Resource Center, St. Cloud State University
  • Mary Clifford, Interim Organizer, Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative, St. Cloud State University
  • Kyoko Kishimoto, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic and Women's Studies, St. Cloud State University
  • Melissa Prescott, Associate Professor, Learning Resources Services, St. Cloud State University
  • Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair, Director, Multicultural Resource Center, St. Cloud State Univeristy
  • Geoffrey Tabakin, Interim Organizer, Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative, St. Cloud State University