TEACH IN         Wednesday, Apr 25 to Monday, Apr 30


Offering information and analysis to understand the rise of White supremacy and other systemic oppressions in the current time and climate. And offering strategies, skills, and models of advocacy to resist oppression.


Education has always been central to people’s movements for justice and liberation.  Teach-ins have a special place in that proud legacy:  as sites of radical, democratic knowledge-sharing crucial to social change and movement-building.  Teach-ins are often conducted according to the principles of popular education to ensure accessibility and application for action but, there is no one specific right way to do a teach-in.




Wed, April 25

10am to 7pm

       CC 3545 (unless indicated)


10-4 "The Model Minority": Can Stereotypes Kill? Suicide Narratives among Asian American

          College Students                                                                                  CC First floor plaza entrance

Thanh Nguyen and Izzie Villanueva, from K. Suyemoto's Psychology and Activism Class, Psych 897

Suicide is the second highest cause of death for Asian Americans aged 15 - 34. This goes against the “model minority” stereotype, which asserts Asian Americans are unaffected by mental health issues. It is time to end the silence. Come check out this interactive art initiative focused on the people and stories behind the statistics.


10-11:50 Becoming an UndocuAlly: Considerations for Supporting Undocumented, TPS, and

DACA Students and their Families

Jen Martinez, Natalie Arbid, Bryan Balvaneda, Susy Gallor, UMB-UR Best

This session will highlight the many ways documentation status and policies impact mental health, and discuss the Do's and Don'ts of providing support as an ally.


12-12:50 FEATURED SESSION: Organizing for Student and Worker Power          

Lili Huang, Massachusetts Jobs with Justice, and Anneta Argyres, Labor Resource Center, UMB

Join the UMB Labor Resource Center and MA Jobs with Justice for an interactive dive into organizing basics for building power.


1-1:50 Rise up and Heal: Resistance and Expression through Art

Alissa Hochman, Clinical Psych and Advocating Against Racism Team (AART) and Sriya Bhattacharyya, Boston College Counseling Psychology & BC Center for Human Rights and International Justice

Resistance is more sustainable when we take care of ourselves. Self-care is itself an act of resistance. This session will use social action art therapy to reduce stress, explore the self, and build community. Participants will be asked to create individual artwork that we will combine into a communal project.


2-2:50 Unpacking Gendered Messages at Structural, Social, And Personal Levels

Andrés Fabián Henao Castro, Sharon Lamb, Suha Ballout, and Mona Abo-Zena  

This session identifies gender and other stereotypes and explores alternative messages.  Session sponsored by Departments of Curriculum & Instruction and Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies.


3-3:50 It's Not Complicated: BDS & Palestinian Liberation                                       

Heike Schotten & Rajini Srikanth, Faculty & Staff for Justice in Palestine

This teach-in introduces and explains the Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement that originated in Palestine and connects it with other liberatory movements and struggles in the US and around the world. Information will be provided about how to get involved.



4-5:50 Migrant Voices: Amplifying Voice through Digital Storytelling                                      

Matthew Annuziato, Juan Pablo Blanco, Jack Carolan, Grace Furtado, Penhsamnang Kan, Fernanda Macedo, Jeannette Mejia, Katsyris Rivera, Zainab Salejwala, Taina Teravainen, from S. Aptekar's Globalization and Population Movements, TCCS 710

Digital storytelling builds multicultural ties and understanding and can contrast popular narratives that don’t accurately encompass true diversity. Our focus is on creating a safe space to share stories and encourage self-reflection. Craft your migration story with us!


6-6:50 Dream or Nightmare?: The Struggle to make Black and Working-Class Lives Matter at

UMass Boston

Tony Van Der Meer, Africana Studies, Joe Ramsey, English, Isaiah Johnson, and Jada Taylor

How do past struggles for Black Liberation and socio-economic justice continue to speak to issues at UMass Boston and beyond? How do budget cuts, privatization of public education, and gentrification of Greater Boston reproduce race and class inequity and injustice? Drawing lessons from classroom and community organizing, this session addresses how we can build the movement today.                     




Thurs, April 26

10am to 7pm

CC 2545 (unless indicated)


10-10:50 The Intersection Between Structural Stigma and Health Outcomes in Transgender Individuals

Suha Ballout, Nursing and Health Sciences

This session addresses the intersection of structural stigma such as military ban and gender segregated bathrooms on mental and physical health outcomes in transgender individuals. How do discrimination and oppression affect the well-being of transgender individuals in different environments such as school, college, work place, and other public spaces?


10-3 "The Model Minority": Can Stereotypes Kill? Suicide Narratives among Asian American College Students                                                                               CC First floor plaza entrance

Thanh Nguyen and Izzie Villanueva, from K. Suyemoto's Psychology and Activism Class, Psych 897

Suicide is the second highest cause of death for Asian Americans aged 15 - 34. This goes against the “model minority” stereotype, which asserts Asian Americans are unaffected by mental health issues. It is time to end the silence. Come check out this interactive art initiative focused on the people and stories behind the statistics.


11-11:50 Confronting Racism from a Biological Anthropology Perspective       

Patrick Clarkin, Anthropology

Biological anthropologists have confronted hardline concepts of race (i.e., scientific racism) for decades, yet these have never really gone away. Their recent resurgence has been experienced nationally, including on this campus. This session will address some of the ways that biological anthropologists conceptualize human biological variation, confronting scientific racism in the process. Session sponsored by CIT.


11-12:15 MLK and the Memphis Sanitation Workers                                                   U Hall 02-2310

Steve Stiffler, Labor Resource Center          

At the River I Stand is a poignant (1-hour) documentary that covers two eventful months in 1968 that culminate with the success of the unionization of sanitation workers and the tragic death of Martin Luther King in Memphis. Discussion follows.


12:30-1:50 FEATURED SESSION: Fighting for Immigrant Rights in Uncertain Times     Patricia Montes, Director of Centro Presente,                                                     W-1-09  

Norah Alaraifi Softic, Know Your Rights Attorney, Catholic Charities Immigration Legal Service,

Reina Guevara, Development Director of Student Immigrant Movement (SIM)

What can be done to protect immigrants on campus and in our greater Boston community? Come find out how community activists are both fighting back and engaging in practices of inclusion that directly involve and support members of our community with TPS/DACA or uncertain immigration status.


2-2:50 Race and Racism 101

Karen Suyemoto, TCCS & Psychology                                                                  

This session addresses questions that seem basic but are actually complex: what is racism and why is it so hard to talk about? Does race really affect our relationships or are we post-racial? Should we pay attention to racial differences? How and why can we resist the effects of racism in our daily lives?


3-3:50 Wake Up, See Us: Highlighting Queer Student of Color Narratives at UMB                         

Zainab Salejwala, Shannon Hughley, Keira O'Donovan. K. Suyemoto's Psychology & Activism, Psych 897

Our session explores visibility and voice of Queer People of Color (POC) on UMB’s campus. Additionally, we seek to engage community members that identify as Queer POC, and those that want to learn about effective allyship through a discussion about identity, intersectionality, and how these factors influence experiences on campus.


4-4:50 Settler Colonialism in Comparative Perspective                                                                    

Andrés Henao Castro, Political Science, and Maria John, History

This teach-in addresses: What is settler colonialism? How does it differ from franchise colonialism? How does it relate to capitalism? How is it useful to understand structural realities of systemic oppression transnationally? We compare the ongoing settler colonization of indigenous land by the U.S., and Palestinian land by the state of Israel.


4-7 FEATURED SESSION: Project Unspeakable                              Univ Hall 2310

Center for African, Caribbean, and Community Development

Please join students and academic leaders, community leaders, artists and activists for a reading and discussion of Project Unspeakable, challenging the official silence surrounding the “unspeakable” assassinations of John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert Kennedy, while shedding light on the “unspeakables” of today.  http://projectunspeakable.com



Friday, April 27  

10am to 5pm

    CC 2545 (unless indicated)


10-11:20 Countering White Fragility: Strategies for Prevention and Intervention             

Lizabeth Roemer & LG Rollins, Psychology

In this interactive session, we will explore the socialization factors that make it difficult for white people to see and tolerate distress related to racism-based stress. We will examine strategies for countering this socialization to facilitate conversations about and actions that disrupt racism without centering the experience of White people.


11:30-12:20 Are We There Yet? Marriage Equality, Gay Wedding Cakes, and Religious/Moral


Shoshanna Ehrlich, Women's, Gender and Sexuality Studies

In 2015, the Supreme Court decided the case of Obergefell v. Hodges making marriage equality the law of the land. Since then, however, there has been a fierce backlash by way of laws permitting those with moral/religious objections to decline to provide goods, such as wedding cakes, or services, such as adoption assistance, to same-sex couples, thus eroding the meaning of marriage equality.


2-3 Queers Resisting the Prison Industrial Complex                                    

Jamie Hagen, Global Governance and Human Security                              

This teach-in will introduce participants to organizations in the Boston area working to resist the prison industrial complex and why this work matters. We’ll specifically learn about the ways queer people of color are targeted and criminalized by the state and how queer abolitionist activists are working to confront this violence.


3-3:50 FEATURED SESSION: Mothering, Disability, and Racialized Nativism: Immigrant Families and the Challenges of Special Needs Advocacy         Sci 01-06

Nazli Kibria, Prof. and Chair of Sociology Boston Univ, President of Eastern Sociological Society

This talk explores the challenges for immigrant mothers of special needs children, including challenges generated by neoliberal notions of individual parental responsibility and defining mothering as an all-consuming project guided by medical and scientific experts. Drawing on a qualitative study of immigrant mothers raising children with intellectual disabilities, Kibria examines the contemporary dynamics of racialized nativism and its intersections with class, disability and gender. Sponsored by Sociology.

4-4:50 FEATURED SESSION: Why Bother with Prison Education?                       

Jill McDonough, English and Arthur Bembury, Executive Director of Partakers 

Prison is a place where people live. Professor McDonough and Mr. Bembury will reflect on prison education and his work with Partakers, then the two will begin a conversation with each other and invite audience members to ask questions and offer ideas. Sponsored by TCCS



Monday, April 30  

10am to 5pm

    CC 2545 (unless indicated)


10-10:50 Massachusetts Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Veto Referendum and Strategies for Activism

Rachel Chikerella, Institute for Early Education Leadership and Innovation; Lindsey White, Meredith Maroney, Brianna Wadler, Anastasiya Yanushevskaya & Sharon Horne, Counseling Psychology

We will provide an overview of the upcoming Massachusetts Gender Identity Anti-Discrimination Veto Referendum, which could repeal transgender rights in MA that were won in 2016. We will discuss the impact of anti-LGBT policies, strategies for supporting and advocating on behalf of transgender communities, and share findings on LGBTQ activism.


11-11:50 ‘Til Debt Do Us Part: Organizing Against Oppressive Student Debt

Sydney Little, PHENOM Organizing Director; Juan Blanco, Madelin Walker, Victoria Dzindzichashvili,
Karyn Aiello, PHENOM UMB

Join us for lunch and a discussion about student debt, its contribution to systemic oppression, and legislative and community organizing actions you can join to end student debt oppression. Financial Aid will be present to help you calculate what you’ll owe, and to start planning for future loan repayment.


12-12:50 Higher Ed by the Numbers: Resisting the Privitization of Higher Education              

Anneta Argyres, Labor Resource Center

In this workshop we'll explore the financial squeeze being put on public higher education, and growing efforts to privatize this public good. We'll look at UMB's current crisis as a case study


1-1:50 The Color of Mental Health                                                                 

Jen Martinez, Natalie Arbid, Noor Tahirkheli, and Jeanette Mejia, UBM-UR Best

The goal of this event is to provide students with information about the impact of race-based discrimination on mental health (e.g., well-being, finding culturally sensitive therapists), provide information on on-campus resources, and destigmatize the health consequences of discrimination.


2-3:20 Faculty supporting DACA, TPS, and Undocumented Students                                               

Tim Sieber and Natalicia Tracy, Immigrant Student Programs Advisory Committee

The goals of this presentation and dialogue are to examine: (1) How UMB is an immigrant university; (2) How DACA and TPS immigration classifications affect our students; (3) How the currently hostile political environment impacts our students; and, especially, (4) How we faculty can be supportive teachers, mentors and advisors to ALL immigrant students.


3:30-5 FEATURED SESSION: Social Justice and Feminist Futures:  Beyond White Supremacy and Islamophobia                                                        CC Ballroom C

Nadine Suleiman Naber, Professor of Anthropology at University of Illinois Chicago, Director of the Arab American Cultural Center in Chicago.




Sponsors: Transnational Cultural and Community Studies, Center for Innovative Teaching, Labor Resource Center, Psychology.  Planning committee: Karen Suyemoto, Sofya Aptekar, Heike Schotten, Sarah Mayorga-Gallo, Steve Striffler, Ping Ann Addo, Mona Abo-Zena.  Thanks also to student volunteers and Eric Berry in Psychology!