The purpose of the Anti-Racism Institute’s annual Summer Intensive is to support USM faculty and staff to cultivate anti-racist practices in their work for the university and in their lives. USM faculty need professional development and support in this area, and this work should not be undertaken in isolation. The collaborative setting of an intensive workshop series is necessary to support such vital, difficult work. The goals of the Intensive include the development of anti-racist approaches to advising, mentoring, curriculum development, and scholarship.

The presenters use contemplative methods including art, free writing, and movement to invite participants to “be” with themselves, with each other, and with the environment. Workshops focus on personal learning and growth as well as application in professional development sessions.

The Summer Intensive is facilitated by Drs. Rebecca Nisetich and Vaishali Mamgain, along with selected guest speakers.