Join us for the launch of a significant book that tackles the critical issue of community engagement in higher education. Anti-Racist Community Engagement: Principles and Practices is a thought-provoking publication that focuses on the community-engaged traditions that BIPOC academics and community members have created through more than a century of collaboration across university and community.

The book showcases how students, community members, staff, and faculty have put distinct principles into practice, both within and beyond college and university campuses in ways that center anti-racist values and attempt to pivot away from the traditional, higher education-centric, and “white savior” ways of doing community engagement teaching, research, and practice.

Comprising four sections, this book offers valuable insights and practical guidance:

  • Section 1 explores the reframing of institutional and pedagogical practices to counteract the persistence and impact of racism on our campuses and within our community engagement work.
  • Section 2 shares promising practices that promote critical reflection on individual and systemic racism, examining positionality, bias, and the historical roots of systemic racism.
  • Section 3 delves into intentional learning and course design through anti-racist learning goals, course content, policies, and assessment.
  • Section 4 shows how authors have developed compassionate and reflective classrooms by creating contexts of belonging that acknowledge student cultural assets and contributions and meet students where they are to co-create a supportive, anti-racist learning environment.


Agenda:

  • An introduction of the book

  • Lighting talks from authors that highlight the four sections

  • Q&A

Anti-Racist Community Engagement: Principles and Practices

The Editors

Christina Santana
Christina Santana
Worcester State University
Associate Professor English

Roopika Risam
Roopika Risam
Dartmouth College
Associate Professor of Film and Media Studies and of Comparative Literature

Aldo Garcia Guevara
Aldo Garcia Guevara
Worcester State University
Professor of History

Joseph Krupczynski
Joseph Krupczynski
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Director of Civic Engagement & Service-Learning and Professor of Architecture

Cynthia Lynch
Cynthia Lynch
Salem State University
Assistant Vice Provost, Civic Engagement and Academic Strategic Support

John Reiff
John Reiff
Massachusetts Department of Higher Education
Director, Civic Learning and Engagement

Cindy Vincent
Cindy Vincent
Salem State University
Associate Professor of Media and Communication

Elaine Ward
Elaine Ward
Merrimack College
Associate Professor & Chair, Higher Education

Questions? Get in touch with us at campus@compact.org.