Join us for the second Symposium on Anti-racist Community Engagement! 

Join in the second national dialogue with leading scholars on advancing best practices in anti-racist community engagement. This hybrid event will occur physically at UMass Dartmouth and virtually throughout the world. It will feature panels and workshops led by authors from a forthcoming book Anti-racist Community Engagement: Principles and Practices to be published by Stylus in Summer 2023. Attendees will also engage in conversations around new Massachusetts’ civic learning outcomes for a multiracial democracy.

Who is this for? 
Faculty, civic engagement and DEI staff, students, academic administrators, and community partners from colleges and universities across the United States and beyond.

Free for faculty, staff, and students from Massachusetts public colleges or universities in Massachusetts, Campus Compact member institutions, and community partners of any institution of higher education.

There will be a small charge for other participants.

Principles of Anti-racist Community Engagement

The following principles underlie the forthcoming book on Anti-racist Community Engagement:

  1. Counteracting the Persistence and Impact of Racism on our Campuses and in our Community Engagement: Reframing our Institutional and Pedagogic Practices
  2. Critical Reflection on Individual and Systemic/Structural Racism: Understanding positionality, bias and historic roots of systemic racism
  3. Intentional Learning/Course Design: Developing Anti-racist learning goals, course content, policies and assessment
  4. Compassionate/Reflective Classroom: Creating a sense of belonging in the classroom by acknowledging student contributions and meeting students where they are


11:00 - 11:30 EDT

Welcome, Purpose, and Overview of the Day

  • Zoi Burns, Political Science Major, UMass Dartmouth
  • Noe Ortega, Commissioner, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
  • Bobbie Laur, President, Campus Compact
  • Robert Jones, Dean, College of Arts and Sciences, UMass Dartmouth
  • Mary Conley, Director of Scholarship in Action, College of the Holy Cross

11:30 - 12:30 EDT

Digging into Anti-racist Community Engagement 

A three author-team panel discusses their approaches to anti-racist community engagement, what the terms mean individually, what happens when we bring the parts together, how this work has evolved, and what it looks like from different institution types and communities.

  • “Sowing Seeds of Justice: The Roxbury Community College Garden” by Fahmil Shah and Nasreen Latif, Roxbury Community College (Chapter 9)
  • “Communal Place, Communal Learning: An Approach to Student-Centered Community Engagement” by Olga Correa, Kelsey Ruiz, Anastasia Morton, UMass Amherst (Chapter 19)
  • "The Class Feels Like It Should Be Illegal:" Latinx Experiences and the Promise of Anti-racist Pedagogies by Aldo García-Guevara and Francisco Vivoni, Worcester State University (Chapter 22)
  • Facilitators: Roopika Risam, Dartmouth College; Christina Santana, Amherst College and Worcester State University

12:30 - 1:00 EDT 

Breakfast/Lunch Break

1:00 - 1:45 EDT                                                                                       

Keynote Talk:  A Community Cultural Wealth Approach to Racial Equity & Engagement

Prof. Yosso will overview her community cultural wealth model, which has been received nationally and internationally as a paradigm shift for the ways we have traditionally thought about schooling structures, practices, and discourse. She will offer timely insights about how a community cultural wealth lens can inform our continued efforts in racial equity and engagement with our many communities.

  • Tara J. Yosso, Professor, School of Education at the University of California, Riverside 

1:45 - 1:55 EDT

Transition to Breakout Sessions

Linking Tara Yosso’s cultural wealth framework to afternoon sessions with authors and with the civic learning outcomes project, which articulates civic learning through a lens of racial equity. Participants can choose among three sessions in each of the next two hours. 

  • Cynthia Lynch, Salem State University

2:00 - 2:50 EDT

Principle 1 in Practice

  • “Nurses of Color Voices: Storytelling and Listening in Anti-racism Educational Practices” by Raeann LeBlanc, Lucinda Canty, Frankie Manning, Sharon Latimer-Mosley, UMass Amherst (Chapter 2)

Principle 2 in Practice

  • "Addressing Anti-Blackness through Place-Based Work” by Dresden Frazier-Smith, Karin Cotterman, Carla Trujillo, University of San Francisco (Chapter 8)

Open discussion on draft of civic learning outcomes for a multiracial democracy

  • Facilitators: John Reiff, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE); Aldo Garcia-Guevara, Worcester State University; Zoi Burns, UMass Dartmouth

3:00 - 3:50 EDT

Principle 3 in Practice

  • "Designing Anti-racist Community Education in Ethnic Studies" by Loan Dao and Teresa Giacoman, St. Mary’s College (Chapter 15)

Principle 4 in Practice

  • “The Front Porch Gathering as a Compassionate Classroom” by Suchitra V. Gururaj and Jeremy Horne, University of Texas, Austin (Chapter 20)

Open discussion on draft of civic learning outcomes for a multiracial democracy

  • Facilitators: Cynthia Lynch, Salem State University; Christina Santana, Amherst College and Worcester State University; Matthew Roy, UMass Dartmouth

3:50 - 4:00 EDT

Conclusion: Please take a few moments to share with us your feedback and key takeaways


New England Equity and Engagement Consortium

Massachusetts Department of Higher Education

Campus Compact

University of Massachusetts Dartmouth

Digital Ethnic Futures Lab, Dartmouth College

Digital Humanities and Social Engagement at Dartmouth

Questions? Get in touch!