Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC)

2019 - 9th-Annual ARPAC Institute

The ninth-annual Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC) Institute took place May 19-24, 2019 at Metropolitan State University, St. Paul, Minnesota.

The institute was led by nationally recognized scholars, Dr. Emily Drew (Willamette University) and Dr. Victor Rodríguez (California State University, Long Beach) 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

ARPAC 2019 was five and a half days, beginning Sunday from 4-8 p.m. and continuing througout the rest of the week from 8:30 a.m.-5 p.m.

Sunday evening through Tuesday (May 19-21): 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.

Wednesday through Friday (May 22-24): 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

Institute Planning Team and Sponsors

2019 ARPAC Planning Team

  • Marisol Brito, Assistant Professor, Department of Philosophy, Metropolitan State University
  • 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
  • Debra Leigh, Professor and Lead Organizer, Community Anti-Racism Education Initiative, 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 2019 ARPAC Institute was sponsored by Minnesota State through a Multi-Campus Collaboration Grant, St. Cloud State University, Minneapolis College, Southwest Minnesota State University, St. Cloud Technical & Community College, and Metropolitan State University.