New program: Applying Anti-Racist Pedagogy in the Classroom (AA-RPC)

What is AA-RPC?

The Applying Anti-Racist Pedagogy in the Classroom program is a cohort-based program where educators will explore anti-racist approaches and practices while learning from others and building relationships in a collaborative learning environment. In this program we will focus on the classroom environment, with a focus on building and maintaining caring classroom climates. . In this program, you will explore ways to embed anti-racist principles into your teaching practice and come away equipped to support IBPOC students.

Program Outcomes

By the end of this program, we expect participants will:

  • Apply principles of anti-racism and solidarity in their teaching practice
  • Develop critical analytical skills which leverage a deeper understanding of anti-racist frameworks and concepts
  • Feel empowered to take risks and disrupt power dynamics
  • Be equipped to create equitable environments and caring classrooms where all learners can thrive
  • Build connections to a community of educators engaged in anti-racist work
  • Inspire one another to be hopeful for the future of this work


The AARPC program is a hybrid program, meaning that it requires both in-person participation and time spent on asynchronous (individual) learning. It will be delivered over a four-week period. There are four mandatory in-person sessions of three hours each, plus an expectation that participants will complete homework prior to each session. Consultation time with facilitators and small groups is offered during two of the weeks (these are optional). Participants should expect to commit a minimum of 24 hours over the four weeks. The in-person sessions are designed to be experiential and interactive, and will require participants to engage in small and large group discussions on topics such as power dynamics, racism, equity, performative allyship, etc. Participants will come with a range of lived experiences and social identities related to race and other oppressed histories. Participants should be willing to listen to and learn from those with expertise and lived experiences in these areas, in order to support their own learning and to co-create a caring and respectful dynamic.

The in-person learning will support your own highly reflective application of these concepts to your own teaching context. Through the guided homework activities, you will create a collection of revised teaching artifacts that make sense for you, such as syllabus, a learning activity, a reading list, or other aspects of your course design. You will have opportunities to share your changes and achievements along the way, in a supportive environment with your peers.

Who is it for?

This cohort program is designed for faculty members who teach academic for-credit courses at UBC. AA-RPC will best serve participants who already possess a foundational understanding of how racism operates (for example understanding concepts such as power and privilege, positionality, the ongoing impacts of colonization, systems of oppression, etc.). In this program we will explore the application and complexities of anti-racism within the classroom space, rather than building conceptual understanding of these concepts.

Interested participants will be asked to reflect on their goals and motivations as part of the registration survey. This is a chance for you to reflect on how we can work together to best support your application of this learning into individual teaching practice.

Are you just starting out on your anti-racist journey and not sure if this program is for you? There are many resources out there to help start you on your journey. Please see the A-RTL Ecosystem page for some recommended resources and workshops for new learners. For any inquiries about this program please contact Shannon Robinson.


June 2024 (In-Person)

The program runs over a four-week period, beginning June 6 until June 27.

The four mandatory in-person workshops are held on:

  • Thursday, June 6, 9am – 12pm
  • Thursday, June 13, 9am – 12pm
  • Thursday, June 20, 9am – 12pm
  • Thursday, June 27, 9am – 12pm

Additionally, there will be 2 optional virtual consultation periods held over Zoom (dates TBD).

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