South Puget Sound Higher Education Diversity Partnership Institute

Decolonizing the Academy

Wednesday February 1, 2017  8:00am – 3:30pm

Chris Knutzen Hall, Anderson University Center – Pacific Lutheran University

This year’s institute will be facilitated by Anita Fernández and Norma Gonzalez of the Xicanx Institute for Teaching and Organizing (XITO), an urban education consulting collective from Tucson, Arizona.  XITO consultants will examine the need for university educators to commit themselves to eradicating injustices through their roles by interrogating systemic racism, naming state violence, and acting as scholar-activists to disrupt the ways in which university spaces often perpetuate oppressive structures.  XITO’s consultants are experts in culturally responsive and rehumanizing pedagogy proven to eliminate the “achievement gaps” for low income and students of color.


Registration for this event is closed.


Contact Aryn Fine: 253-535-7191 or


8:00 – 8:45am          Registration

8:45 – 9:00am          Welcome

9:00 – 10:30am         Resistance Pedagogy and the National Ethnic Studies Movement
This opening session will demonstrate how the integration of Ethnic Studies is both a retention/success strategy and offer a framework for decolonizing the academy.

10:30 – 10:45am          Break

10:45 – 12:00pm          Culturally Humanizing Pedagogy As A Decolonizing Imperative
This session will demonstrate how a Culturally Humanizing Pedagogy that addresses colonization can equip students of color with the “armas” to sustain their humanity and as a result, excel in their educational institutions.

12:00 – 1:00pm           Buffet Lunch and Break

1:00 – 2:30pm          Breakout Sessions (Choose One)

Embracing Student Activism Through A Framework of Love of Resilience
How do we support student activism and demands for change through a framework of love and resilience?


Integrating Critical Race Theory Across The Curriculum
What are the major tenets of Critical Race Theory? How can they be embedded throughout the academy’s curriculum and why is this critical at this moment?

2:30 – 3:00pm          Closing Activity

3:00 – 3:30pm          Raffle and Evaluations