Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs

Anti-Racism & Coalition Building Teach-In

MESA offers two types of teach-ins:

Anti-Racism Teach-In

Racial justice begins with anti-racism. Anti-racism is the active process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies, practices, and attitudes so that power is redistributed and shared equitably (University of Calgary). This peer-led teach-in will engage analytical frameworks for examining systemic cultural, social, economic, and political forces in the community along with individual reflection. Our hope is to raise critical consciousness, understand the opportunity for actions, and how our resources can be distributed.

Coalition-Building Teach-In

Since the development of new social movements in the mid-20th century, coalitions have become a crucial form of organization. Throughout history, coalitions have been useful for accomplishing a broad range of goals beyond the capacity of any individual or organization. These goals have ranged from information sharing to coordination of services; from community education to advocacy for major policy  and regulatory changes. This Coalition Building peer-led teach-in assists students and/or organizations seeking foundational knowledge/tools/skills to start or strengthen a coalition.  Source: American Association of University Professors

Anti-Racism Teach-In Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able to:

  • Define anti-racism
  • Identify 1-2 examples of how racism manifests in daily lives
  • Recognize their participation in a racist system
  • Identify structural racism, and
  • Develop 1-2 action steps.

Coalition Building Teach-In Learning Outcomes

Participants will be able:

  • Define coalition and its importance

  • Understand the steps involved in building a coalition
  • Identify skills needed in building a coalition  

  • Recognize challenges and strategies in coalition building

  • Reflect on how to enhance strategies

To request a teach-in, please fill out the form below. One of our Peer Inclusive Education (PIE) Facilitators will contact you to help coordinate, arrange, and deliver the session.

Request a Peer-Led Teach-In


Meet the Peer Inclusive Education (PIE) Facilitators


Kierstyn Worthem: Graduate Peer Inclusive Education (PIE) Facilitator

Kierstyn (she/her) is a 2nd year Masters student studying Diversity and Social Justice in Higher Education. She is passionate about resources that increase access to education for underrepresented communities. She enjoys advocating for minoritized students in multicultural affairs and student life programming. Kierstyn is excited to work in an office that supports, celebrates, and educates others about social identities. Post graduation, she is interested in pursuing careers that support student's personal growth as they begin and continue their college journey.


Shereen Thomas: Peer Inclusive Education (PIE) Facilitator

Shereen (she/her) is a Junior from Farmington Hills, MI majoring in Environmental Engineering with a minor in Public Policy. She is on the DEI Student Advisory Board for the College of Engineering and is passionate about breaking down structural barriers that hinder equitable access to environmental resources. Shereen loves Beyoncé and all things music, she’s played violin and guitar for over 10 years.




 Yasmine Slimani: Peer Inclusive Education (PIE) Facilitator

Yasmine (she/her) is currently a senior pursuing a B.A. through the University of Michigan Ford School of Public Policy. Yasmine proudly identifies as Arab-American, and is passionate about fostering community for students on campus through her involvement with the Arab Student Association, the North African Student Association, and the Daily's Michigan in Color section. Outside of her academics, Yasmine enjoys writing, painting, and fervently searching for the best coffee shop in Ann Arbor.





Jennifer Peñaloza: Peer Inclusive Education (PIE) Facilitator

Jennifer (she/they) is originally from Southwest Detroit. Jennifer is a first-generation student from an immigrant family. Currently, they are in their third year in LSA with a minor in Education for Empowerment. She is passionate about education reform, especially that of urban communities like their own, Detroit. In the future, they hope to return to their community and join grassroots efforts already making a change in the education system. On campus, they are involved with Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority and Mexiquenses en Michigan. Outside of school, she volunteers with Ann Arbor Public Schools. Some of their hobbies include being a plant mom and painting.

If you have questions about the Anti-Racism and Coalition Building Teach-ins/Workshops, contact Program Manager, Braini McKenzie at