2023 Virtual ARPAC Institute
The 12th annual Antiracist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC) Institute will be held virtually through Zoom. The award-winning institute is open to teaching faculty from all higher education institutions. This year, we invite teams of 2-5 faculty per institution to apply for one of two cohorts. Slots for individuals without a team are also available.
- Cohort 1: June 1 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) and June 5-9 (8:30 a.m. – 12 p.m.)
- Cohort 2: June 2 (8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.) and June 5-9 (1 – 4:30 p.m.)
Please be sure each person from your team registers at the same time to ensure placement in the same cohort.
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 2023 Virtual ARPAC offers a curriculum designed specifically for the virtual environment. In order to create authentic community, participants will be expected to keep their video on and be fully present.
For more information, contact:
Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair
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 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.
- We encourage teams of 2-5 faculty per institution to apply for one of two cohorts. Slots for individuals without a team are also available.
- Each participant should register at approximately the same time to ensure placement in the same cohort.
- The registration fee is $550 per participant. A limited number of scholarships are available on a first come, first served basis to Minnesota State Colleges and Universities as well as faculty from tribal colleges and HBCUs. To receive a scholarship, contact Melissa Prescott at firstname.lastname@example.org before completing your registration.
- Any cancellations will result in a processing fee of $25.00. Cancellations must be received by Thursday, May 25, 2023.
- The deadline for registration is Wednesday, May 31, 2023
UnavailableJune 1 (8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) and June 5-9 (8:30 a.m.–12 p.m.)
Register for Cohort 2June 2 (8:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) and June 5-9 (1–4:30 p.m.)
Institute Organizing Team and Sponsors
2023 Virtual ARPAC Organizing Team
- Mary Clifford, Professor, Department of Criminal Justice and C.A.R.E. Interim Lead Organizer, St. Cloud State University
- Kyoko Kishimoto, Professor, Department of Ethnic, Gender, and Women's Studies, St. Cloud State University
- Melissa Prescott, Professor, University Library and Multicultural Resource Center Associate Director, St. Cloud State University
- Iyekiyapiwin Darlene St. Clair, Associate Professor and Multicultural Resource Center Director, St. Cloud State University
The 2023 Virtual ARPAC Institute is sponsored by the Antiracism Institute for Teaching and Research at St. Cloud State University and Minnesota State Colleges and Universities.