Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC)

2016 - 7th Annual ARPAC Workshop

 2016 ARPAC Cohort

The seventh annual Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC) Workshop will take place June 15-23, 2016 at the St. Cloud State University ISELF building, 230 8th Street South, St. Cloud, MN. The workshop is open to all faculty including fixed term, adjunct instructors, and teaching graduate students from all higher education institutions. 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 2017, and submit a final written reflection.

The workshop will be led by nationally recognized scholars Emily Drew (Willamette University) and Victor Rodríguez (California State University, Long Beach); educators Beth Berila (St. Cloud State University), Okogyeamon (ASDIC Metamorphosis), Amelia Ortega (Columbia University and University of New England), and Matthea Marquart (Columbia University); and trainers Jessica Vazquez Torres, Joy Bailey, and Lori Adams (Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training).

Workshop Registration Fee

The ARPAC registration fee of $675 covers the cost of materials and lunch each day. Participants are expected to be present for the entire workshop and to fully participate on all nine days. There are no refunds.


For St. Cloud State faculty members: Ten (10) $500 scholarships are available for St. Cloud State University faculty members or teaching graduate students who wish to participate in the 2016 ARPAC workshop and who can commit to be present at all of the sessions. For more details, please contact Debra Leigh at (320) 308-2907.

For Minnesota State faculty members and Chief Diversity Officers: The Minnesota State Equity and Diversity Office is partnering with the Center for Anti-Racist Education and the Multicultural Resource Center at St. Cloud State University by sponsoring scholarships to Minnesota State faculty members and Chief Diversity Officers who wish to participate in ARPAC. Scholarships up to $1,000 will be awarded to participants. Funds can be used for tuition, travel, or housing expenses to attend the ARPAC workshop in 2016. Participants may apply for up to $1,000 by completing the application form at The application deadline for scholarships is May 10, 2016. 

Local Information and Lodging

A block of rooms is reserved at the Holiday Inn Express for a reduced rate for ARPAC participants. To make reservations, use the link provided or call (320) 240-8000.

Faculty Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the ARPAC workshop, faculty will:

  • Identify, articulate, and analyze how race, racism, and privilege are manifested in our classrooms;
  • Adapt various approaches for developing anti-racist pedagogy within our classrooms; and
  • Apply strategies to transform how race, racism, and privilege are manifested in our institutions.

New This Year

  • Nine-day expanded format
  • Extended work on racial caucusing
  • Mindfulness and anti-oppression pedagogy
  • Anti-oppression strategies for online educational environments

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. Lunch will be provided each day. Participants are expected to arrange their schedule so they can fully participate in all workshop sessions.

Wednesday and Thursday (6/15 and 6/16): Analyzing and Understanding Systemic Racism

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

  • The history 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  

Friday morning (6/17): Mindfulness and Anti-Oppression Pedagogy

  • Learn the philosophical basis for bringing mindfulness into anti-racist education.
  • Participate in some simple mindfulness practices to help unlearn internalized racism, interrupt privilege, and work towards compassionate communities.
  • Learn how to incorporate these practices into your courses and address some potential pitfalls of doing so.

Friday afternoon (6/17): The Power of Racial Caucusing

For Whites:

  • Learn how deep listening can help white people recognize and interrupt the deeply held narratives of white supremacy that act as defense mechanisms to shore up privilege.
  • Participate in mindfulness practices of sitting with discomfort as whites do the work of dismantling layers of white supremacy and privilege.
  • Learn how compassion practices can help whites bring fierce compassion to interrupting privilege and become better antiracist allies.

For People of Color:
Participants will identify and experience the critical elements that contribute to reflective, searching, and transformative dialogue:

  • Relationship: creation of a dialogue culture that communicates respect and acceptance, compassion and empathy.
  • Exploration: opportunities for a care-filled examination of the inner and outer terrain of ideas, judgments, feelings and actions and of their causes and effects.
  • Praxis: a philosophy – a pedagogy that values reflection, critical analysis, emotional expression, and the transfer of learning into action planning.
  • Intention: holistic, purpose-driven objectives informed by sociological theory and sound therapeutic practices.

Saturday and Sunday (6/18 and 6/19): Anti-Oppression Strategies in the Online Classroom

  • Identify logistics and strategies for setting up an online classroom to promote community and accountability.
  • Build a toolkit of anti-racist approaches to online instruction.
  • Prepare potential responses for addressing acts of micro and macro oppression that may occur within online classrooms.

Monday thru Thursday (6/20-6/23):

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

Lori Adams Lori Adams has worked for church-related and other not-for-profit financial and service organizations in the areas of leader and organizational development for more than 20 years.  Beginning in 1997, she co-staffed her denominational antiracism initiative, partnering with Crossroads’ staff to organize and train people to dismantle systemic injustice in the church and communities they serve.  In three national organizations, she has also co-led organizational antiracism transformation teams. Lori graduated from Vanderbilt University with three degrees in sociology, theology, and religion/psychology.  In early 2015, Lori was invited to join with Crossroads’ staff to engage in national training, facilitation, and organizing.  She lives in Boone County, IN with her spouse, youngest daughter, and a few critters.
Joy Bailey

Joy Bailey is the co-program coordinator for Chicago ROAR, a regional program of Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training. Previously she was the Director of Organizing and Training for Crossroads and has been a Core/Organizer Trainer since 2008.  Joy has her Bachelor’s degree in Spanish Education and her Master’s in Socio-cultural Studies in Education, both from Western Michigan University (WMU).  Formerly, Joy taught high school Spanish for six years in Kalamazoo Public Schools (KPS) and also taught courses on race and racism in education at WMU. Although originally from North Dakota, Joy currently lives with her partner in Chicago, IL.

Beth Berila

Beth Berila, Ph.D. is the Director of the Women’s Studies Program and Professor in the Ethnic and Women’s Studies Department at St. Cloud State University. She is also a 500-hour certified yoga teacher and an Ayurvedic Yoga Specialist. Her recent book, Integrating Mindfulness into Anti-Oppression Pedagogy: Social Justice and Higher Education was published by Routledge in 2015. She is on the steering committee for the Association for Contemplative Mind in Society and the Leadership Team of the Yoga and Body Image Coalition. Learn more about her work at

Photo by Haley Friesen
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.

Matthea Marquart

Matthea Marquart, MSSW, currently works as the Online Support Project Manager at Columbia University's School of Professional Studies, where she provides training for online faculty and students, supports faculty and students during online class sessions, coaches faculty on online instructional strategies and tools, and collaborates on continually improving online courses at the School of Social Work and the School of Professional Studies. She is also a Lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Social Work, where she teaches courses in the Social Enterprise Administration method area.

She began her career as an educator and trainer in 1997, and her anti-racist work in this area has included two years teaching a weekly Unlearning Stereotypes course in NYC high schools, five years working for a nonprofit supporting Black and Latino youth, and recent trainings on developing a self-awareness of one’s own privilege for social work students. She began working in online education in 2008, when she launched an award winning blended e-learning and in-person training for seasonal nonprofit staff. She has created and facilitated dozens of interactive webinars, as well as created and hosted numerous engaging asynchronous online courses.

Her nonprofit leadership experience includes roles as National Director of Training at Building Educated Leaders for Life, President of the NYC Chapter of the National Organization for Women, and Director of Foundation and Government Relations at Inform, an environmental research organization.

Ms. Marquart holds an MSSW from Columbia University and a BA in English from Emory University, where she completed a year at Oxford University and additional coursework at UC Berkeley. Her postgraduate coursework includes a one year United Way of NYC Senior Fellowship in the Nonprofit Leadership Development Institute at Baruch College, and a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Business from Columbia University, completed by taking online courses.

Ms. Marquart has published in EDUCAUSE Review, New York Nonprofit Press, International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning, LEARN, T+D Magazine, and Training Magazine, and she has two book chapters in press for the book Creating Teacher Immediacy in Online Learning Environments, which will be published in 2016 by IGI Global. She has presented at numerous conferences, including the Social Work Distance Education Conference, the International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace, the Online Learning Consortium's International Conference, the National NOW (National Organization for Women) Conference, the Women Fighting Poverty Conference, and the Somos El Futuro Hispanic Conference, and she has upcoming presentations accepted at the American Educational Research Association’s Annual Meeting and the Association for American Colleges and Universities’ forum Achieving Equity through Student Success and E-Portfolios.


Okogyeamon, PhD. Among the most formative years of Okogyeamon’s life were the five and a half years he lived and taught in Bangladesh – village school and urban school.

Okogyeamon has taught as a college and university professor almost all his life. He has held administrative positions in academia as Dean (18 years), as creator and chair of an African/African American Studies department (10 years), and as program director of a nonprofit (12 years). He has teaching experience in elementary and secondary education as well. He holds a teaching license for California K-12 education (life). And, he holds a State of Michigan certificate in Conflict Mediation to mediate Court ordered family disputes.

Founding member, FREC (Facilitators of Racial Equity Collaborative), convener of the annual Overcoming Racism Conference (Steering and Planning subcommittees:

Founding member, Racial Equity Minnesota (

Okogyeamon currently serves as the Executive Director of the ASDIC Antiracism Study-Dialogue Circle program ( co-directing the ASDIC Metamorphosis with Margery K. Otto. He designs ASDIC Metamorphosis’ award-winning antiracism workshops, bringing participants into critical analysis and reflective dialogue on personal and institutional racism. He guides instruction into ASDIC’s particular way of using empathetic support to facilitate difficult conversations.

Also, Okogyeamon teaches interdisciplinary courses for teacher candidates to upper division undergraduates and graduate students in education, counseling, and contextual theology. These courses include, multicultural education, cross-cultural communication, social-cultural context of counseling and skills, the child, family, and school in a urban setting, and multicultural foundation for counseling and caregiving, and antiracism dialogue – theory and practice. Member of Cherokee Park United Church, St. Paul, UCC/PCUSA, Okogyeamon, a PCUSA ordained deacon, serves on the church counsel and the Minnesota, Twin Cities Presbytery, Committee on Ethics and Committee on Representation.

Amelia Ortega

Amelia Ortega received her BA in Community Media Production and Critical Race Theory from Hampshire College, and her Masters in Social Work from the Columbia University School of Social Work in 2007. Currently she serves as a Faculty at the Columbia University School of Social Work, the Smith College School for Social Work and as an online course facilitator for the University of New England’s School of Social Work. Ms. Ortega currently works as a Clinician at Aldea Counseling where she provides trauma informed psychotherapy for young people and families. As a Professor, she has developed courses that engage Masters level students in collaborative explorations of systems of oppression and the history and ethical principle of Social Justice within Social Work Practice. Ms. Ortega sees both her role in social work education and as a community based clinician; as an opportunity to build collective consciousness about identity, power and liberation labor. As a Clinician, Ms. Ortega utilizes meditation and somatic experiencing techniques and she works with clients’ connection to spirituality and philosophies of struggle. Ms. Ortega currently works with a diverse community of clients and students. Her work at Aldea Counseling focuses on psychotherapy with Latinx individuals, families and couples and she explores with each individual their personal strengths and connection to community.

Ms. Ortega has a history of direct practice and higher education instruction that includes women’s health and mental health counseling, substance use focused harm reduction practice, program development for community-­‐based health organizations, curriculum writing and social service system evaluation. She has worked in the areas of mental health and substance use counseling, community organizing, training and facilitation, Working Class and Chicano student organizing; as well as video and media production. Prior to her practice in New York City, Ms. Ortega founded the Boston GLASS Youth Media Project, a therapeutic media program for LGBTQ youth of color to explore identity development. Over the last eleven years Ms. Ortega has worked with LGBTQ young adults and families developing arts based programming within a mental health services context. She has worked in a variety of capacities including as a school-­‐based mental health counselor, a Senior Social Worker within a Foster Care Independent housing program and a therapist within a Harm Reduction based LGBTQ youth community center. Ms.Ortega’s current areas of research and professional interest include: Trauma informed care and mindfulness meditation within Feminist Psychotherapy Practice, Harm Reduction based Supervisory Strategies and Anti-­‐Oppressive Social Work Pedagogy and Strategies for Anti Oppression education within online classroom spaces.

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.

Jessica Vazquez Torres Jessica Vazquez Torres is a proven leader with 15 years experience in antiracism, antioppression, and cultural competency workshop development and facilitation. Jessica, a 1.5- Generation ESL Queer Latina of Puerto Rican descent, holds a Bachelors degree in Criminal Justice from the University of Central Florida, a Master of Divinity from Christian Theological Seminary, and a Master of Theological Studies from the Candler School of Theology at Emory University. Her published works as an author include co-authoring a four-session adult study on the history of racism in the United States. Jessica has presented twice at the American Academy of Religion and the Society of Biblical Studies annual meeting. Her papers were titled: “Does Moral Injury Have a Color? On Moral Injury and Race in the United States” (2014) and "Race and Virtue: The Practice and Ethics of Race Based Caucusing” (2012).

The ARPAC Workshop is sponsored by the Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative, the Multicultural Resource Center, and St. Cloud State University.

2016 Workshop Planning Team

  • Kyoko Kishimoto, Associate Professor, Department of Ethnic and Women's Studies, St. Cloud State University
  • Debra Leigh, Professor and Lead Organizer, Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative, St. Cloud State University
  • Melissa Prescott, Associate Professor, Learning Resources Services, St. Cloud State University
  • Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair, Associate Professor and Director, Multicultural Resource Center, St. Cloud State University