The Race & Pedagogy Institute (RPI) is a collaboration of the University of Puget Sound and the South Sound community—or, as our Native American partners say, the Salish Sea community—that integrates academic assets of the campus into reciprocal partnerships with local community knowledge and experience to educate students and teachers at all levels to think critically about race, to cultivate terms and practices for societal transformation, and to act to eliminate racism.
The Race & Pedagogy Community Partners Forum is a coalition of individuals and organizations representing a broad spectrum of the Puget Sound who have forged ways to come together in partnership with the university to discuss, plan, and execute strategic action on a range of issues. The Forum has met regularly in working sessions modeled on the participatory pedagogical process of adult and popular education. We think-through, learn more about, chart and hone program priorities who live at the intersections of race, education, and social justice. Together we have built, worked to sustain, and learned from critical partnerships across students, staff, faculty in higher education; teachers, administrators, students, families, and school district personnel in K-12 education; and differential community-based, civic, and state constituencies.
The Race & Pedagogy Leadership Team engages in strategic planning, coordination, and oversight of RPI activities and includes the Director Professor Dexter Gordon, Professor Grace Livingston, RPI Program Specialist Christina McLeod, Dean of Diversity and Inclusion Michael Benitez, and Faculty Members Nancy Bristow, Carolyn Weisz, and LaToya Brackett.
The Race & Pedagogy Campus Advisory Council meets 1-2 times per semester to engage in short- and long-term planning and assessment of activities of RPI. Members include 15-20 faculty and staff members. Council members participate in Race & Pedagogy program and conference working committees and serve as official liaisons to academic departments and/or other organizations.
Student Association of the Race & Pedagogy Institute (SARPI) launched in spring 2018, as an ASUPS club that promotes RPI's programs and mission, coordinates events for Puget Sound students, and is a partner in the planning of the 2018 Youth Summit.
The Race & Pedagogy Institute provides opportunities for Student Scholars to engage in research and scholarship through AFAM 399: Public Scholarship and through independent study projects such as providing assessment for the conference. Students also engage with RPI through planning and presenting at the conference, participating in other RPI events, and contributing as volunteers.
The Conference Steering Committee convenes regularly in the two years leading up to the quadrennial National Conference. The Steering Committee includes campus and community members who are chairs of the Conference Working Subcommittees as well as representatives of the University and community who are keys to conference planning.
Conference Planning Subcommittees include individuals from the community and campus who engage in the work of reviewing conference proposals, planning for arts, spotlight, and other conference events, logistical planning, promoting and fundraising, and preparing campus and community constituents for the conference.