Anti-Racism & Coalition Building Teach-In

MESA offers two types of teach-ins, the Anti-Racism Teach-in and the Coalition Building Teach-in.

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Teach-ins offered

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 90 minute, peer-led teach-in will provide attendees with tools and prompts to engage in a meaningful conversation with others as we unpack our varying experiences. Our hope is to raise critical consciousness and understand the opportunity for actions.

Learning outcomes—Participants will be able to:

  • Know the difference between non-racist and anti-racist
  • Recognize how messages about race are internalized
  • Understand that racism is systemic
  • Develop strategies to engage in interrupting and combating racism in your personal life and within your organization
  • Develop 1-2 action steps

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

Learning outcomes—Participants will be able to:

  • 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


Request a teach-in

To request a teach-in, please fill out our request form. One of our peer inclusive education (PIE) facilitators will contact to follow up.


Our Peer Inclusive Education (PIE) facilitators

Teach-ins are peer led programs, and PIE facilitators help coordinate, arrange, and deliver these teach-in sessions. PIE facilitators are typically undergraduate and graduate students. 


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