Collaborating for Transformative Change: Anti Racism and Community Engagement


Monday, April 5th and Tuesday, April 6th from 11:30a - 2:00p
Keynote speaker: Dr. Tania Mitchell - Tuesday, April 6th, 12noon - 1p

Powerful movements for social change have revealed communities' creativity and imagination that have been most directly impacted by the convergence of racist policing, severe wealth inequality, climate-induced disasters, and the Covid-19 pandemic. This creativity and imagination speak to how, often in the face of institutional failure, communities have supported themselves and cared for themselves. These new conditions should shift how relationships between UC Berkeley and local communities develop. As we plan for the semesters ahead, with the possibilities of in-person instruction and the lingering effects of distanced lives, we have the opportunity to take stock and pause, asking prescient questions essential to building trust, a true partnership, and support for transformative justice.

In this two-day workshop series, we will explore questions such as the following:

  • What opportunities/goals do we have from the creative ways we have maintained or deepened partnerships in the past year? What do these partnerships reveal about the theory of change we value?

  • What does the intersection of anti-racist pedagogy and community engagement look like? How do we create classroom conversations and space for this essential intersection?

  • As powerful movements for transformative justice have elevated the innovative role of mutual aid, connecting community members' needs and interests, how do we navigate and support those relationships?  How can we deepen students' understanding of their roles?

On Day Two, 12-1 pm, we will be joined by internationally recognized scholar Tania D. Mitchell

Photograph of Tania Mitchell

Tania Mitchell

Tania D. Mitchell is an associate professor of higher education in the Department of Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota’s College of Education and Human Development. Her teaching interests include social justice theory, civic discourse, public service, leadership, college student development, action research methods, and the pedagogy, philosophy, and practice of service-learning and community engagement in higher education. Much of her research focuses on service-learning as a critical pedagogy to explore civic identity, social justice, student learning and development, race and racism, and community practice. With professional experience in admissions, student activities, residential life, and academic affairs, Dr. Mitchell is a scholar-practitioner who has taught both undergraduate and graduate students at Stanford University, Mills College, California State University Monterey Bay, and the University of Massachusetts.

An internationally recognized scholar in service-learning and community engagement, Dr. Mitchell was recognized with the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Award (2019) and the Early Career Research Award (2011) by the International Association for Research on Service-Learning and Community Engagement and is also a recipient of the American Fellowship from the American Association of University Women. The University of Minnesota also included Dr. Mitchell in the first class of McKnight Presidential Fellows (2017-2020). She is frequently invited to lecture at conferences, universities, and community organizations. Her scholarship has been published in numerous books and journals, and she is an editor of four books: Civic Engagement and Community Service at Research Universities: Engaging Undergraduates for Social Justice, Social Change, and Responsible Citizenship (Palgrave Macmillan, 2016), Cambridge Handbook of Service Learning and Community Engagement (Cambridge University Press, 2017), Educating for Citizenship and Social Justice: Practices for Community Engagement at Research Universities (Palgrave MacMillan, 2018), and Black Women and Social Justice Education: Legacies and Lessons (SUNY Press, 2019).