Antiracist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC)

ARPAC Institute

2022 ARPAC Institute

The ARPAC organizing team has begun planning for the 2022 Virtual ARPAC Institute.  Please join our wait list to be notified when we have selected dates. We are again encouraging teams of 2-5 faculty to attend together.

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2021 Virtual ARPAC Institute

The 10th annual Antiracist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC) Institute, open to teaching faculty from all higher education institutions, was held virtually through Zoom. This year, we invited teams of 2-5 faculty per institution to apply for one of four cohorts.

The ARPAC Institute provides intensive professional development for faculty committed to incorporating antiracist 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 antiracist pedagogy for a rigorous and relevant curriculum. The institute also provides the ongoing ARPAC Community of Practice to support faculty, across the curriculum, in their teaching and commitment to antiracist praxis. In addition, participating faculty are encouraged to develop campus-specific strategies for broader antiracism organizing across their institutions.

The ARPAC organizing team is committed to developing a community of antiracist educators. We acknowledge that building relationships and doing antiracism work in person has many advantages that can't be fully replicated in a virtual environment. At the same time, we are committed to ensuring the health and safety of all participants and learning partners in this time of COVID.  


The 2021 Virtual ARPAC offered a new curriculum that is designed specifically for the virtual environment. The institute was led by nationally recognized scholars, Dr. Emily Drew (Willamette University) and Dr. Kyoko Kishimoto (St. Cloud State University), and Core Organizer/Trainers from Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training.

For more information, contact:

Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair

Melissa Prescott

Faculty Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the Virtual ARPAC Institute, participants will:

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

Institute Planning Team and Sponsors

2021 Virtual ARPAC Organizing Team

  • 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
  • Melissa Prescott, Professor, University Library, St. Cloud State University
  • Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair, Associate Professor and Director, Multicultural Resource Center, St. Cloud State University

The 2021 Virtual ARPAC Institute was sponsored by St. Cloud State University and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.

Institute Schedule and Outline

The Virtual ARPAC Institute will be offered online through Zoom. Day one includes a full day of synchronous content and activities, with built-in break times. Days two through six include half-day synchronous sessions with reading, reflection, and application assignments to be completed outside of those scheduled hours. Participants are expected to arrange their schedules so they can fully participate in all sessions.

Day One: Introduction to Systemic Racism

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

  • Engage with a framework for understanding what systemic racism is and its relationship to white dominant culture in the United States,
  • Begin to explore how the values of white dominant culture operating through US institutions replicate patterns of intersectional oppression that advantage white people disproportionately and that harm people of color regardless of intent,
  • Consider how they are upholding via institutional practices and norms – often in unintentional ways – systemic racism, and
  • Begin to unpack what the long-term strategic work of dismantling institutional practices upholding systemic racism will require of higher education and its stakeholders.

Days Two through Six: Application of Antiracist Pedagogy in the Higher Education Classroom

Topics focus particularly on incorporating antiracist pedagogy across the curriculum. Participants will:

  • Deepen their understanding of inclusion, racial equity and antiracism in the context of higher education, distinguishing between multicultural teaching and antiracist pedagogy;
  • Engage in self-reflection of one's social positionality;
  • Analyze the role of racism in shaping higher education (broadly), your discipline/field, and teaching;
  • Engage in a syllabus audit, paying attention to essential elements for antiracist education;
  • Write/edit course learning objectives to include antiracism;
  • Expand their repertoire of inclusive and antiracist classroom practices; and
  • Connect their classroom work with larger antiracist organizing efforts to transform higher education.

Meet the Facilitators


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, the Movement for Black Liberation, 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 antiracist, 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.

ARPAC Institute Policies

The following language from Crossroads Antiracism Organizing and Training applies to the entire Virtual ARPAC Institute.

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.

Past Institutes/Workshops