Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC)

2021 ARPAC Institute

COVID-19 ARPAC Institute update

Due to the COVID-19 situation, the ARPAC Institute will be postponed until Summer 2021. Please continue to apply (no application fee required) to secure your seat for next year and to receive upates about the event.


The 2021 Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC) Institute will be held on the campus of St. Catherine University in St. Paul. The award-winning institute is open to teaching faculty from all higher education institutions.

We invite teams of 2-5 faculty per institution to apply for one of two cohorts:

Cohort 1: TBD

Cohort 2: TBD 

Apply Now!

The ARPAC Institute provides intensive training for faculty committed to incorporating anti-racist pedagogy into their courses; it is not a train-the-trainer program. ARPAC engages faculty in an analysis of systemic racism and provides a conceptual framework focused on anti-racist pedagogy for a rigorous and relevant curriculum. The Institute also provides an ongoing Community of Practice to support faculty, across the curriculum, in their teaching and commitment to anti-racist praxis. In addition, participating faculty are encouraged to develop campus-specific strategies for broader anti-racism organizing across their institutions.

The institute will be led by nationally-recognized scholars, Dr. Emily Drew (Willamette University), Dr. Victor Rodríguez (California State University, Long Beach), Dr. Kyoko Kishimoto (St. Cloud State University), and Core Organizer/Trainers from Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training.

For more information, contact:

Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair
dstclair@stcloudstate.edu
320-308-6476

Melissa Prescott
mkprescott@stcloudstate.edu
320-308-4751

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.

Application Process

Teams of 2-5 teaching faculty per institution may apply online. Each participant should submit an individual application form, and list their team members when prompted to do so. Please choose your preferred cohort (1 or 2) and indicate if you have flexibility to attend either session.

Beginning in spring 2021, and once we have received all applications from your team members, we will contact you to provide a registration code. The registration fee for the 2021 ARPAC Institute is $900 and includes institute materials plus breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the six content days.

Institute Planning Team and Sponsors

2021 ARPAC Organizing Team

  • Monica Brown, Assistant Professor, Mathematics Department, St. Catherine University
  • Mary Clifford, Professor, Department of Criminal Justice, St. Cloud State University
  • Sarah Hassebroek, Assistant Professor, Education Department, St. Catherine University
  • Kyoko Kishimoto, Professor, Department of Ethnic, Gender, and Women's Studies, St. Cloud State University
  • Melissa Prescott, Professor, University Library, St. Cloud State University
  • Teresa Ripple, Assistant Professor, Education Department, St. Catherine University
  • Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair, Associate Professor and Director, Multicultural Resource Center, St. Cloud State University

The 2020 ARPAC Institute is sponsored by St. Cloud State University, Minnesota State and St. Catherine University.

Institute Schedule and Outline

The ARPAC Institute will run from 1-5 p.m. on Day One and 8:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. beginning on Day Two. Participants are encouraged to gather at 8 a.m. for a continental breakfast. Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided during the day. Participants are expected to arrange their schedule so they can fully participate in all sessions.

Days One, Two, and Three: Analyzing and Understanding Systemic Racism

Topics include an introductory analysis of systemic racism and ways the analysis shapes our work in higher education. Participants will: 

  • Explore the historical development of institutional racism in the United States, and how it impacts society today;
  • Analyze what systemic racism is, how it operates institutionally and culturally, and how it shapes individual identity;
  • Begin internalizing a shared language for talking effectively about systemic racism, and how it
    operates in society, and within their organization; and
  • Begin equipping their institution with a framework for examining culture and values, and moving toward antiracist transformation.

Day Four

  • Break day; no planned activities. Due to the rigorous nature of the institute, a break day is built into the schedule to allow time for participants to reflect, rest and/or prepare for Days Five to Seven.

Days Five, Six, and Seven: 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.

Meet the Presenters

Joy Bailey Joy Bailey is a national organizer for Crossroads Antiracism Organizing & Training as well as the co-program coordinator for Chicago ROAR, a regional program of Crossroads. She 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.

Dr Emily Drew

Dr. Emily Drew is an Associate Professor and Chair of the Department of Sociology at Willamette University, where she teaches courses about racism, white supremacy, education, and social change. Her research agenda revolves around understanding how race and racism get institutionalized, with the goal of helping to illuminate more effective strategies for interrupting systemic inequality. Drew is a co-trainer of “Understanding Institutional Racism” workshops for Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training. In that context, she works as a strategic planner, helping institutions develop and implement long term commitments to anti-racist, multicultural transformation. Drew also works with an Oregon coalition for immigrant rights, and is in the process of publishing new research about mixed-status Latino families living “Under One Roof.”

Dr. Kyoko Kishimoto is a Professor in the Department of Ethnic, Gender, & Women’s Studies at St. Cloud State University. She directs the Asian Pacific American Studies Minor and teaches Ethnic Studies and Asian American Studies courses. Her research interests include women of color in higher education, how to incorporate anti-racist pedagogy within and beyond the classroom, and popular cultural representations of race. Her work has been published in Hmong Studies Journal, Gerontology & Geriatrics Education, Race Ethnicity and Education, Journal of Global Gender Studies, Multicultural Education, Feminist Teacher, and elsewhere. She has been involved with the organizing of the Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC) Institute since 2009. In addition, she works with a social justice group that is building collective power for Asian American and Pacific Islander women and girls.

Dr Victor Rodriguez

Dr. Victor Rodríguez is Professor Emeritus and a 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 and its impact on political behavior. At CSULB he taught courses in social inequality: Wealth and Poverty in Latino Communities, Chicano/Latino Politics, 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 and a seminar in anti-racist theory and practice (2016-2018). Dr. Rodríguez is a nationally known consultant diversity trainer. As a Puerto Rican anticolonial activist, and labor organizer he has worked to support Puerto Rican/Latino community organizations and writes op-ed columns (Spanish and English) for the national and Latin American media.

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. He also served as General Editor of The Hispanic American Leadership: A Reference Guide published by Mission Bell Media, on June 2015.

Jessica Vazquez Torres

Jessica Vazquez Torres is a proven leader with 19-years’ experience in antiracism, anti-oppression, and cultural competency workshop development and facilitation. Jessica is deeply committed to addressing social structures and cultural dynamics that marginalize and minoritize communities and limit their access to the resources necessary to thrive not just survive. A 1.5-Generation ESL Queer Latina of Puerto Rican descent, Jessica holds a bachelor’s 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.

Institute Policies

The following language from Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training applies to the entire Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC) Institute.

Crossroads Policy on Weapons in Workshops

In our workshops we ask participants to commit themselves to full time participation, working in a safe, non-violent context and to co-create a liberated space for dialogue, mutual learning and relationship building. This includes a commitment by participants to refrain from carrying weapons during Crossroads workshops and training events. 

Crossroads Policy on Audio/Video Recording

The purpose of this policy is to encourage open communication, free exchange of ideas, spontaneous and honest dialogue and an atmosphere of trust in the workshops facilitated by Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training (Crossroads) and to protect the intellectual property of Crossroads.

Crossroads does not allow video or audio recording of our workshops for external use. There are several reasons for this policy.

  • In the workshop we require participants and Crossroads facilitators to be bound by confidentiality, which means individuals share only their own experience of the workshop. If the workshop is recorded, then “anyone” would have access to the material and confidentiality is impossible.
  • Our experience is that recording suppresses the involvement of the participants in the workshop. People closely monitor and edit what they say so that it does not go on record. This means they do not fully engage one another or the material that is unfolding live in the workshop.
  • We are concerned about the ubiquity of smartphone applications that record audio and/or video – coupled with sensitive discussions about race being uploaded to social media for all to hear or see without having the full context. 
  • We are curators of Crossroads intellectual property, which is the culmination of over 30 years of collective work and creativity. Allowing workshops to be recorded is an irresponsible use of the material that has been entrusted to us because we are limited in our control of how the intellectual property gets used.

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