Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC)

2018 - 8th Annual ARPAC Workshop

 Photo of the 2018 ARPAC cohort

The 8th annual Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC) Institute took place June 11-19, 2018 (no activities June 16-17) at Minneapolis Community and Technical College, Whitney Hall (Library) L 3100, General Mills Room, 1501 Hennepin Avenue, Minneapolis, MN.

The institute was led by nationally recognized scholars Dr. Emily Drew (Willamette University) and Dr. Victor Rodríguez (California State University, Long Beach), educators Amelia Ortega (Columbia University and Smith College) and Matthea Marquart (Columbia University), and Core Organizer Trainers from Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training, Joy Bailey and Jessica Vazquez Torres.

Faculty Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the ARPAC Institute, participants 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.

Institute Schedule and Outline

Monday and Tuesday (6/11 and 6/12): Analyzing and Understanding Systemic Racism

Topics 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  

Wednesday thru Friday (6/13-6/15): Application of Anti-Racist Pedagogy in the Higher Education Classroom

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

Saturday and Sunday (6/16-6/17): Break (no activities)

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

Participant learning outcomes include:

  • 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.

Planning Team and Sponsors

2018 ARPAC Institute Planning Team

  • Lisa Bergin, Professor, Department of Philosophy, Minneapolis Community and Technical College
  • Mary Clifford, Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University
  • Kyoko Kishimoto, Professor, Department of Ethnic, Gender and Women's Studies, St. Cloud State University
  • Jeff Kolnick, Professor, Department of History, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Jay Lee, Director of Diversity and Inclusion, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Debra Leigh, Professor and Lead Organizer, Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative, St. Cloud State University
  • Kerry Livingston, Associate Professor, Department of Social Science, Southwest Minnesota State University
  • Melissa Prescott, Professor, University Library, St. Cloud State University
  • Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair, Associate Professor and Director, Multicultural Resource Center, St. Cloud State University
  • Jay Williams, Chief Diversity Officer, Minneapolis Community and Technical College

The 2018 ARPAC Institute was sponsored by Minnesota State through a Multi-Campus Collaboration Grant; the Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative and the Multicultural Resource Center at St. Cloud State University; Division of Equity and Inclusion, Academic Affairs, and Center for Teaching and Learning at Minneapolis Community and Technical College; and Southwest Minnesota State University.