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CUIMC Anti-Racist Educator Institute (AREI)

Applications are open for the 2021 inaugural cohort of the CUIMC Anti-Racist Educator Institute (AREI) and its associated Community of Practice (ARECP). This program is designed for school and departmental leaders charged with 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 will 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. 

Join us

The application deadline is Monday, June 21, 5pm. Decisions will be made on a rolling basis but will be completed and emailed by Monday, June 28th.

The ARECP program will launch in Summer 2021 with the Anti-Racist Educator Institute (AREI), a week-long immersive training Monday July 26 – Friday, July 30, 2021, 9am – 1 pm each day. 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 their own cultural identity and biases.
  • 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 for creating class community, responding to resistance, equalizing power, and other facilitation themes.
  • Apply anti-racist pedagogies in the design of department-specific trainings.
  • Develop a shared vision for ongoing anti-racist educator training at CUIMC.

After the Institute, CUIMC participants will meet as a community of practice through regular meetings to refine and implement their pilot training programs and facilitate the professional development of other faculty who seek anti-racist educator training. A second cohort will be welcomed in Fall/Winter 2021.


Time Commitment

Institute: Applicants should be prepared to commit significant time to the Institute and the community of practice. This will be a virtual program offering up to three hours of synchronous Zoom 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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