Race and Pedagogy Initiative

The Race & Pedagogy Initiative (RPI) is a collaboration of University of Puget Sound and the South Sound community that integrates intellectual assets of the campus into a mutual and reciprocal partnership with local community experience and expertise, and pursues the vision of educating students and teachers at all levels to think critically about race and to act to eliminate racism.

RPI accomplishes its work by:

  • Promoting exemplary diversity models through scholarship, teaching, engagement across constituencies, and efficacious, innovative action.
  • Weaving together scholarship and action in order to reduce racism and improve pedagogical practices at all educational levels.
  • Building alliances and collaborating with individuals, groups, and organizations across campus and the community to research, develop, promote, celebrate, and support programs consistent with the mission of the Institute.
  • Developing ongoing processes for individuals as teachers and learners to recognize the destructive effects of racism and to address personal and structural racism.
  • Supporting projects that benefit and attract the participation and interest of national and international audiences and that bring national recognition to the university as a leader in the dialogue on race and pedagogy.
  • Pursuing the strategies above in part by staging of a National Conference on Race and Pedagogy every four years.

The Race & Pedagogy Initiative Leadership Team

 NANCY BRISTOW, Professor, Department of History 

Faculty profile http://www.pugetsound.edu/faculty-pages/nbristow

 DEXTER GORDON, Director, Race & Pedagogy Initiative,                                                                                         Director and Professor, African American Studies,                                                                                                     Distinguished Professor, Communication Studies 

Faculty profile http://www.pugetsound.edu/faculty-pages/dgordon

 GRACE LIVINGSTON,  Associate Director, Race & Pedagogy Initiative,                                                                   Professor, African American Studies                    

Faculty profile http://www.pugetsound.edu/faculty-pages/glivingston                                                                          Grace Livingston was recognized with the 2015 President's Excellence in Teaching Award.  http://www.pugetsound.edu/academics/faculty-scholarship/teaching-awards/presidents-excellence-in-teach/          Featured article about Professor Livingston in the Winter 2015 of ARCHES  http://www.pugetsound.edu/files/pages/arches/arches_fall_2015/#16

 CAROLYN WEISZProfessor, Department of Psychology

Faculty profile http://www.pugetsound.edu/faculty-pages/cweisz