Overview

The Fellowship in Continuous Learning for Antiracist Culture Change (CLARCC Fellowship) seeks to create lasting antiracist change through bringing together faculty and staff in a process of facilitated self-reflection, peer learning, and individual and structural action.

 

Application deadline extended until July 26, 2024.

What is antiracist culture change?

In the field of higher education, antiracist culture change (ARCC) seeks to widen the circle of power and opportunity, increasing students’ sense of belonging and providing them with pathways to counteract injustice in their lives (Greene 2020, Garneau & Browne, 2017). ARCC entails deliberate action to center racial equity in both what we impart to students and how we impart it, recognizing that without such action, our courses and classrooms will naturally reflect the implicit biases and racial hierarchies of the society in which they exist. As such, ARCC seeks to counteract the effects of structural racism in education through deliberate changes to the social culture of schools and universities. Evidence shows that antiracist change can also have positive effects on other dimensions of diversity, such as gender and class, if it adopts an intersectional and integrative approach.

Like any process of antiracist change, ARCC is designed for educators—defined as all personnel in a university who work with students—who recognize the need for diversity, equity and inclusion but find it difficult to truly integrate these concepts into how they operate and work. The core of ARCC is a critical examination of power, privilege, rank, and culture in a school, including in both the subjects we impart and the spaces in which we impart them. This examination centers the racialized and Indigenous people who are historically most affected by racism, while also recognizing the parallels and intersections between all forms of oppression. It encompasses all relationships that exist in the classroom, including those between students and faculty or staff, students and other students, and students and the material and experts they are exposed to. By its nature, ARCC is a gradual, uncomfortable, and emergent exercise, meaning that its end result is not predictable, and the expectations of those participating will change along the way.

Project Goals

Running in two cohorts per year in the Fall and Spring semesters, the CLARCC Fellowship furthers the Department’s achievement of its REDI goals.

Culture of self-reflection

Fostering a culture of self-reflection, learning and continuous improvement to support antiracist culture change in the Department.

Strengthening review

Strengthening the capacities of Department faculty and staff to review and reform our work with students—whether inside or outside the classroom—to reflect antiracist pedagogy.

Demonstrating success

Documenting and demonstrating successful experiences in adapting student experiences to reflect antiracist principles.

Building momentum

Building consensus and momentum across the Department for additional efforts to become a model of antiracist education.

Fellowship Expectations

A key component of the Fellowship is the development of a personal contract or commitment to embed antiracism into work with DPPHS students. These personal contracts provide each fellow with an opportunity to design and implement a “passion project” that reflects their commitment to antiracism in public health education, with the guidance of mentors and the political support of CLARCC and Department leadership. Fellows are not expected to complete their personal contract by the time their Fellowship ends, but rather to provide a work-in-progress report at an annual capstone meeting of all Fellows for the preceding academic year.

  • Cohorts of 6-12 faculty and staff fellows are selected for each of the Fall and Spring semesters of the Fellowship. During the semester, each fellow engages in independent work geared towards two principal objectives:

     

    1. Self-reflection on the meaning of antiracism in education and where they are in their antiracist journey
    2. Development of a personal contract to embed the principles and practice of antiracism within their work with students
  • The Fellows’ work is guided by a CLARCC Workbook that was developed in 2023 by the Faculty Coordinator, Prof. Jonathan Cohen, in consultation with the Staff Coodintor, Karina Dominguez-Gonzalez, and a diverse Reference Group made up of DPPHS faculty, staff, and students. Fellows work through 15 Exercises in the Workbook independently and on their own schedule, with an average of one Exercise per week for 15 weeks. As they work through it, they are supported by:

    • 1-1 coaching
    • Peer-to-peer learning
    • Facilitated group learning

    The combination of these diverse platforms for interaction and learning is designed to help build a culture of continuous and mutual learning within the cohorts and eventually the Department. The sharing of experiences and reinforcement of successes is anticipated to generate a positive feedback loop that encourages wider participation, while also enabling courageous conversations that reward participants for working outside their comfort zone.

Timeline

The CLARCC Fellowship formally began in January 2023 with the creation of a faculty-staff-student Reference Group to guide the development of the Workbook that is used by CLARCC Fellows. The Reference Group developed the Workbook through a series of monthly meetings and concluded its work in time for the first cohort to begin in August 2023. The first cohort ran from September-December 2023, and the second cohort ran from January-May 2024. The third cohort will run from August-December 2024.

Fellows’ Responsibilities

As a condition of applying for Cohort 3 of the CLARCC Fellowship, all applicants must commit to the following (if accepted):

  • Complete the pre-Fellowship Evaluation Survey in REDCap between August 5-12, 2024
  • Attend the virtual Fellowship onboarding meeting on August 13, 2024 from 9:00-10:30am PT
  • Keep up with all Workbook Exercises over the 15-week period from September 2-December 13, 2024
  • Schedule and complete five 1-1 coaching sessions over the 15-week period
  • Schedule and complete three small group meetings (“Action Learning Sets”) with peer Fellows by the following deadlines:
    • ALS Meeting 1: by September 27, 2024
    • ALS Meeting 2: by November 8, 2024
    • ALS Meeting 3: by December 13, 2024
  • Decide on a personal contract and hold a 1-1 meeting about your personal contract with the Fellowship coordinators between October 7-18, 2024
  • Participate in the in-person mid-Fellowship meeting on October 1, 2024 from 10:00am-1:00pm PT
  • Complete the post-Fellowship Survey in REDCap between December 16-27, 2024
  • Attend the 2024-2025 Fellowship capstone meeting in August 2025 (date TBD)
  • Complete the post-Fellowship Survey again in REDCap in August 2025 (date TBD)

Participation in CLARCC involves a high degree of personal accountability to the Workbook Exercises, Personal Contract, and Enrichment Opportunities. Please think carefully before applying about whether you are able to budget your time and work independently.

Fellows’ Experiences

Patricia Escobedo, PhD, MA

The CLARCC one-on-one coaching sessions were phenomenal. During our sessions I was able to dig deeper into the CLARCC training materials and discuss how these critical topics and challenges impacted my teaching and professional development. I started the CLARCC fellowship feeling unsure about who I was as an instructor and faculty member. By the end of my sessions, I felt confident navigating challenging situations and discussions related to inequity and institutionalized racism inside and out of the classroom. I was also given space to explore my teaching approach and strategies to ensure I was not only meeting course objectives but also creating an engaging and supportive environment for all students. My participation in CLARCC improved my teaching, my relationship with students and helped me define my values and priorities as an instructor and researcher in academia.

Patricia Escobedo, PhD, MA Lecturer, MPH Program
Research Scientist, Office of Community Outreach and Engagement, Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center
Patricia Escobedo, PhD, MA

Ans Irfan, MD, EdD, DrPH, ScD, MPH, MRPL

Forever grateful to CLARCC for providing me with the space to excavate oneiric possibilities to dream about – perhaps tautological but true – and to execute an antiracist education praxis in digital ecosystem.

Ans Irfan, MD, EdD, DrPH, ScD, MPH, MRPL Associate Professor of Population and Public Health Sciences
Climate Security Fellow, Center for Climate and Security, Council on Strategic Risks
Ans Irfan
    Patricia Escobedo, PhD, MA
    Ans Irfan