Anti-Racist Pedagogy Across the Curriculum (ARPAC)


8th-Annual ARPAC Workshop

ARPAC 2016 Cohort

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

The workshop is open to all faculty including fixed-term, adjunct instructors, and teaching graduate students from all higher education institutions. Non-faculty members who wish to apply anti-racist pedagogy to a specific educational project, initiative, or program may also register. Participants will develop curriculum modifications for existing or new courses with implementation in future semesters and will be engaged in ongoing follow-up meetings during the 2018-2019 academic year. ARPAC workshop participants are strongly encouraged to submit a modified syllabus or course activity, attend follow-up sessions, and submit a final written reflection.

The workshop 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
Local Information and Lodging
Workshop Schedule and Outline
Meet the Presenters

Faculty Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the ARPAC workshop, partcipants 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.

Workshop Schedule and Outline

The Anti-Racist Pedagogy across the Curriculum Workshop will begin at 8:30 a.m. each day and will end by 5:00 p.m. Breakfast, lunch, and snacks will be provided each day. Participants are expected to arrange their schedules so they can fully participate in all workshop sessions.

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

Topics will 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 will 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 workshop 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.

The 2018 ARPAC Workshop is 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.

2018 Workshop 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

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.”

Photo of Matthea Marquart

Matthea Marquart, MSSW, currently works as the Director of Administration, Online Campus, and Lecturer at Columbia University’s School of Social Work (CSSW). CSSW’s Online Campus serves students across the country and offers clinical, management, and policy programs. She is also a 2017-18 Policy Fellow with the Network for Social Work Management, where she is conducting research on wellness for online students. She is honored to be invited back to ARPAC and admires all of the educators involved in ARPAC’s work. 

She began her career as an educator and trainer in 1997, and her anti-racist work in this area has included two years teaching a weekly Unlearning Stereotypes course in NYC high schools, five years working for a nonprofit supporting Black and Latino youth, facilitating trainings on developing a self-awareness of one’s own privilege for social work students, and teaching a course on racial identity development. She began working in online education in 2008, when she launched an award-winning blended e-learning and in-person training for seasonal nonprofit staff. Since then, she has created and facilitated hundreds of interactive webinars and online classes, as well as engaging asynchronous online course content. 

Marquart holds an MSSW from Columbia University and a BA in English from Emory University, where she completed a year at Oxford University and additional coursework at UC Berkeley. Her postgraduate coursework includes a one-year United Way of NYC Senior Fellowship in the Nonprofit Leadership Development Institute at Baruch College, and a Certificate of Professional Achievement in Business from Columbia University, completed by taking online courses. Her nonprofit leadership experience includes roles as National Director of Training at Building Educated Leaders for Life, President of the NYC Chapter of the National Organization for Women, and Director of Foundation and Government Relations at Inform, Inc., an environmental research organization.

Marquart has published in EDUCAUSE Review, New York Nonprofit Press, International Journal of Advanced Corporate Learning, Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, LEARN, T+D Magazine, and Training Magazine, chapters for the book Creating Teacher Immediacy in Online Learning Environments, and a chapter in press for the book Creating Engaging Discussions: Strategies for "Avoiding Crickets" in Any Size Classroom and Online. She has presented at numerous conferences, including the International Conference on E-Learning in the Workplace, the Online Learning Consortium's Accelerate Conference, the Social Work Distance Education Conference, the eLearning Guild’s Online Forum on Best Practices in e-Learning Instructional Design and Management, the Rutgers University National Academic Conference: Framing the Value of Diversity & Inclusion in Higher Education, and the Association for American Colleges and Universities’ forum Achieving Equity through Student Success and E-Portfolios.  Many of her recent presentations can be found in Columbia University’s Academic Commons, at She and Amelia Ortega recently published an article on “Addressing microaggressions and acts of oppression within online classrooms,” which can be found at

Amelia Ortega

Amelia Ortega, LCSW, received her BA in Community Media Production and Critical Race Theory from Hampshire College, and her Masters in Social Work from the Columbia School of Social Work. Currently Amelia serves as an online faculty member at the Columbia University School for Social Work and at the Smith College School for Social Work as a Field Faculty Advisor. She has developed multiple online courses on the subject of human development, anti-oppressive social work practice, gender and sexuality. 

Amelia is a Queer identified mixed Chicana who currently works as a mental health clinician at her private practice, Amanecer Counseling: Feminist Psychotherapy in Queens, NY. She provides trauma-informed psychotherapy for LGBTQ identified young adults and adults. Amelia sees both her role in social work education and as a community-based clinician; as an opportunity to build collective consciousness about identity, power, and liberation labor. She utilizes tele-behavioral health strategies to provide access to clients who are not able to attend in office sessions, and is passionate about developing tele-health interventions within mental health work. Her clinical services are grounded in anti-racist frameworks, with a focus on relational Feminist approaches with clients.  

Dr Victor Rodriguez

Dr. Victor Rodríguez is a Professor and 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 teaches 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 he has worked to support Puerto Rican community organizations and writes for the national 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 15 years experience in antiracism, anti-oppression, and cultural competency workshop development and facilitation. She is active in peace and justice concerns, including worker justice, immigration reform and antiracism. Jessica is deeply committed to addressing social structures and cultural dynamics that marginalize and minoritize communities and limit their access to resources. Jessica, a 1.5-Generation ESL Queer Latina of Puerto Rican descent, holds a Bachelors 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.

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