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CUIMC Anti-Racist Educator Institute (AREI)

Applications are open for the 2023 cohort of the CUIMC Anti-Racist Educator Institute (AREI) and its associated Community of Practice (ARECP). This program is designed for CUIMC faculty interested in implementing curricular and pedagogical reforms in diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI). The Institute is meant to augment existing initiatives. The goal of the ARECP is to convene a community of practice committed to facilitating anti-racist change in the education programs across all schools at CUIMC. ARECP participants engage in training, implement the pilot training in their departments, and bring back their experience to the group to share best practices and plan continuous quality improvement. The application deadline is April 12th at 5pm. Decisions will be emailed the week of April 24th.

This year’s program will be hybrid, and will include four in person half-day sessions on the CUIMC campus and asynchronous small group sessions. Participants should attend all in-person sessions of the program on the following dates:

  • Thursday and Friday – June 20 & 22, 9 am to 1pm
  • Thursday and Friday – June 27 & 29, 9 am to 1 pm

AREI will focus on themes based on confronting bias, systemic racism in academic and healthcare settings, and course design and facilitation strategies to create anti-racist change in learning environments. Participants will collaboratively develop pilot school and departmental anti-racist pedagogy training programs.



  • Must be a Columbia University Irving Medical Center faculty member
  • Must have responsibility for promoting anti-racist pedagogy in their department or interested in establishing new anti-racist pedagogy department initiatives.
  • Support from a department chair, division chief or dean is required.


AREI Learning Objectives

By the end of the Institute faculty participants will be able to:

  • Reflect on how their own cultural identity and biases may affect their teaching and learning.
  • Explore how systems of race, power, and privilege operate in academic and healthcare settings as well as educational settings.
  • Design learning outcomes, assessments, course content, that reflect anti-racist pedagogy.
  • Use a toolkit of strategies to promote inclusive teaching and addressing racism in small and large group settings.
  • Apply anti-racist pedagogies in the design of department-specific trainings.
  • Contribute to a shared vision for ongoing anti-racist educator training at CUIMC.

After the Institute, CUIMC participants will join and meet as a community of practice through monthly meetings to refine and implement their pedagogical reforms and facilitate the professional development of other faculty who seek anti-racist educator training.


Time Commitment

Institute: Applicants should be prepared to commit significant time to the Institute and the community of practice. This will be an in person program offering 4 4-hour sessions for workshops and group activities and up to three hours of self-paced online lessons, course planning, and peer activities.

Community of Practice: Regular meetings to refine and implement pilot training programs, share best practices, support one another in their anti-racism work, engage in ongoing training with University and external experts, generate scholarly work, and facilitate the professional development of other faculty who seek anti-racist educator training.

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