September 20, 2021 | 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM EDT 

Join in a national dialogue with leading scholars on advancing best practices in anti-racist community-engaged pedagogy. The morning panel will explore a Statement of Principles of Anti-Racist Community-Engaged Pedagogy developed by a four-university team; in afternoon sessions, leading scholars will share how their work relates to these principles, and participants will explore how they can apply the lens of anti-racist community engagement to research and to faculty and staff development.

Who is this for?

Faculty, civic engagement and DEI staff, graduate students, academic administrators, and community partners from colleges and universities across the United States and beyond.


11:00 - 11:15 EDT                                                                                                                                                                        

Welcome, land acknowledgement, purpose, and overview of the day

  • John Reiff, Massachusetts Department of Higher Education (DHE)
  • Marisol Morales, Campus Compact

11:15-12:15 EDT

Developing and using 21 Principles for Anti-Racist Pedagogy in Community-Engaged Teaching
Four-campus panel discussing the creation of this statement of principles, the learnings and surprises that emerged when it was used on multiple occasions in faculty development, and a vision for using it in the future.

  • Deborah Keisch, University of Massachusetts Amherst
  • Roopika Risam, Salem State University
  • Christina Santana, Worcester State University
  • Wafa Unus, Fitchburg State University
  • Moderator: John Reiff, Mass. DHE

12:15 - 12:45 EDT

Breakfast/Lunch Break

12:45 - 1:50 EDT

Keynote Panel: Anti-Racist Pedagogy and Practice: Voices from the field

  • Meredith McCoy, Carleton College
  • Nicole Webster, Pennsylvania State University
  • Lorri Santamaria, California Lutheran University
  • Moderator: Marisol Morales, Campus Compact

1:50 - 2:00 EDT


2:00 - 3:15 EDT

Panel Discussions in Breakout Rooms

Co-Creating an Anti-Racist Community of Practice Where You Are
This breakout will share the processes developed and the learnings resulting from two successive Anti-Racist Communities of Practice (CoPs).  Through Campus Compact, in Spring, 2021 and again in Summer, 2021, the four co-facilitators (2 BIPoC, 2 White) recruited a group of higher ed faculty and staff (half BIPoC, half White) from across the country to explore our experiences with race and racism and to consider what we can do to undo racism in our own social environments.  Using a variety of structures (whole group discussion, division into BIPoC and White caucuses, and small mixed-identity groups) participants explored their own experiences in the context of readings, videos, and other resources.  Together we will consider what the co-facilitators learned from these attempts to create a sacred space for healing and growth.

  • Aaliyah Baker, Cardinal Stritch University
  • Sharyn Lowenstein, Lasell University
  • Marisol Morales, Campus Compact
  • Moderator: John Reiff, Mass. DHE

Conducting Anti-Racist Community-Engaged Research
This breakout will offer an in-depth look at how the Latino History Project, a multi-year initiative documenting the Latino presence in Worcester, MA, has approached the work of doing anti-racist community-engaged research over the past eight years. Community board members will walk us through their efforts to collect, share and celebrate the Latino experience in Worcester.  As a process-oriented discussion, this breakout offers opportunities for us to gain insight about how their work, partnerships, and expectations have evolved and about how area faculty and students have engaged with the project.

  • David Conner, Worcester Historical Museum
  • Leo Negrón Cruz, Edward M. Kennedy Community Health Center
  • Maritza Cruz, YWCA, Central Massachusetts
  • Hilda Ramirez, Latino Education Institute at Worcester State University
  • Cynthia Stone, College of the Holy Cross
  • Co-Moderator: Mary Conley, College of the Holy Cross
  • Co-Moderator: Aldo Garcia-Guevara, Worcester State University

3:15 - 3:50 EDT

Facilitated Dialogue about Learnings from the Day

  • DeMisty Bellinger-Delfeld, Fitchberg State University
  • Aldo Garcia-Guevara, Worcester State University
  • Moderator: Elaine Ward, Merrimack College

3:50 - 4:00 EDT

Closing and Next Steps for Symposium Participants, Campus Compact, and Massachusetts Higher Education

  • Marisol Morales, Campus Compact
  • John Reiff, Mass. DHE

Keynote panelists

Meredith McCoy
Meredith McCoy
Carleton College
Assistant Professor in American Studies and History

Lorri Santamaría
Lorri Santamaría
California Lutheran University
Director of Faculty Development and Inclusive Excellence

Nicole Webster
Nicole Webster
Pennsylvania State University-Main Campus
Associate Dean