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

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Amina Troupe: Peer Inclusive Education (PIE) Facilitator

Amina (she/her/hers) is a senior from Montclair, New Jersey majoring in Biopsychology, Cognition, and Neuroscience with a minor in Philosophy. She hopes to pursue a career in public health upon graduation. Amina has worked as a Diversity Peer Educator (DPE) in Housing and is a member of the Telluride House. Additionally, she is a part of the Student Advisory Board for the Vice President of Student Life as well as a research assistant at the Institute for Social Research. In her free time, Amina loves reading, going to art museums, exercising, and spending time with family and friends.


Betsaida Valdivia: Peer Inclusive Education (PIE) Facilitator

Betsaida (she/her/hers) is a senior studying political science with a minor in Art and Design. Her goal is to become a lawyer and serve low-income communities of color. Her long-term goal is to be a senator and serve as a voice for the underprivileged, pursuing social justice at a wider scale. Betsaida has been part of the PIE (Peer Inclusive Educator) Team since sophomore year. Beyond MESA, she is an executive producer for Michigan in Color's podcast, a mentor for CONNECT, and Chair of Programming for Sigma Lambda Gamma National Sorority Inc. She loves karaoke, and at karaoke night, she would sing All of the Lights by Kanye.


Miriam Chung: Peer Inclusive Education (PIE) Facilitator

Miriam (she/her/hers) is a senior from Lake Zurich, Illinois in the Ford School of Public Policy with a minor in Spanish. In her three years at Michigan, Miriam has been involved with MESA working on grants outreach work and the GO! Team. This year, she is working with the PIE team to facilitate Anti-Racism Teach-Ins. Outside of MESA, Miriam is involved in a variety of professional and extra-curricular activities as an Elections Intern at Washtenaw county clerks office, Chief of Staff for CSG, an intern for CARE international, and volunteering at her church.  Miriam loves to run, watch psychological thrillers, read outside, or grab takeout meals with her friends! 


Jennifer PeñalozaPeer Inclusive Education (PIE) Facilitator

My name is Jennifer Peñaloza (she/they) and I am originally from Southwest Detroit. I am a first-generation student from an immigrant family. Currently, I am a second year in LSA with a minor in Education for Empowerment. I am very passionate about education reform, especially that of urban communities like my own, Detroit. In the future, I hope to return to my community and join grassroots efforts already making a change in the education system. On campus, I am involved with Mexiquenses en Michigan and the Comprehensive Studies Program. Outside of school, I am a part-time pharmacy technician and I volunteer with Ann Arbor Public Schools. Some of my hobbies include being a plant mom and painting.