Contact Us

Media Inquiries:
AU Communications

Antiracist Research & Policy Center 4400 Massachusetts Avenue NW Washington, DC 20016 United States

Back to top

Event Videos

Browse our recent event videos.

A Convening on Racial Equity in Education


August 19, 2020: American University's Antiracist Research and Policy Center is proud to present Empowering Educators: A Convening on Racial Equity in Education, sponsored by First Book and Pizza Hut.

The live event took place via Zoom Webinar, serving over 7,000 educators across the globe. The recording has been made available for free, to continue to support educators and teaching professionals in having effective, courageous conversations about race and social justice.

Time stamps:
00:00:00 | Opening Remarks
00:14:00 | Session One: Practical & Actionable Guidance for Educators
01:12:55 | Keynote: Teaching Humanity with Jason Reynolds
02:29:33 | 5-Minute Break
02:33:24 | Session Two: The Importance of Antiracist Teaching
03:46:26 | Closing Remarks

Download the Guidebook

The Empowering Educators Website and Guidebook

Resources Mentioned During the Webinar

Book Recommendations:

  • “Colorizing Restorative Justice: Voicing our Realities” Edited by Edward C. Valandra, Waŋbli Wapȟáha Hokšíla
  • “Despite the Best Intentions: How Racial Inequality Thrives in Good Schools” by Amanda E. Lewis, John B. Diamond

Antiracism and Decoloniality in Humanities


July 22, 2020: Faculty panelists discuss antiracist and decolonial imperatives in the humanities; how these imperatives intersect with other critical frameworks; and how to build such a program across the arts, literature, history, and critical social sciences at AU.

Panelists included:

  • Lily Wong, CAS
  • Marcelo Bohrt, SIS
  • Eileen Findlay, CAS
  • Jordanna Matlon, SIS
  • Sarah Trembath, CAS
  • Theresa Runstedtler, CAS
  • Sybil Williams, CAS


Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework

September 23 | 2:30-4 p.m. EST
Please register in advance.

Author and SIS alum, K. MelchorIn collaboration with the Ethnographies of Empire Faculty Cluster at the School of International Service (SIS), the SIS Office of Research, and the SIS PhD program, the ARPC will be hosting Dr. K. Melchor Quick Hall for a talk on her recent book "Writing in Darkness: Naming a Transnational Black Feminist Framework."

Joined by

  • SIS Dean Christine Chin
  • Professor Rachel Watkins
  • Professor Randolph Persaud
  • Prrofessor Garrett Graddy-Lovelace
  • Professor Jordana Matlon

Register for September 23

Nourishing Black Futures

September 30 | 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m.
Please register in advance.

An expecting mother holds a plant in their handsWhat does food justice have to do with achieving maternal health equity in the US? Why are food justice and maternal health justice both necessary to help Black mothers and families thrive? Join the AU Antiracist Research & Policy Center for a panel discussion with scholars and activists on how we nourish Black futures through food and maternal health justice. Panelists will discuss the state of Black maternal health in the US, the role of food systems and environments in shaping Black maternal health, and what an antiracist approach to food justice would need to look like to sustain Black mothers and families.

Panelists are

  • Dr. Michele Goodwin, Chancellor’s Professor of Law at University of California, Irvine
  • Ebony Marcelle, Director of Midwifery at Community of Hope
  • Dr. Ashanté Reese, Assistant Professor, University of Texas at Austin
  • Dr. Beverley Wheeler, Director, D.C. Hunger Solutions

Moderated by Dr. Jessica Owens-Young, Assistant Professor, American University

Register for September 30