Previous Pop-Up Course, Fall 2020

Registration for this pop-up course is now closed.

You may still register the Spring 2021 pop-up course.

Global citizenship

relies on racial literacy.

Let’s do this work together.


This course is for all Northeastern undergraduates, across race, national origin, and ethnicities.

  • BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, and People of Color) students are encouraged to participate.
  • International students are encouraged to participate.
  • White students are encouraged to participate.

Everyone is encouraged to participate!

Honest dialogue about race and racism is difficult. We can do this work and must if we expect to live in world that is just, safe, and inclusive for all people. This 1-credit pop-up is about developing racial literacy and refers to detecting, naming, opposing, and replacing racism. When we commit to speaking truthfully about race, we will experience vulnerability. If we can remain in this space, the potential for growth also exists. Culture and history, and Community and Policing are the core modules/themes. In reflecting on each topic, we will examine the intersectionality of race with gender, sexuality, class, and status.

Each module will include a public event followed by small group meetings of 8 students and a facilitator. Module facilitators will guide students in asking difficult questions and conducting meaningful reflections toward self-exploration and anti-racist affect, thoughts, behaviors, and actions. 

Students should reserve the hours from 5 to 8:20 on the Tuesdays of the pop-ups on their calendars. You will receive information on the exact meeting times within these hours after you register for the pop-up.

ASL interpreting will be provided. We recommend attendees make sure they are using the most current version of Zoom before logging into the event. Instructions on updating Zoom can be found here. 

Pop-up Instructors: Tracy Robinson-Wood and Ellen Cushman

Curriculum: Tracy Robinson-Wood, Ellen Cushman, Patricia Davis, Nicole Aljoe, Rod Brunson, and Uta Poiger

Pop-up Facilitators

Elizabeth Clark
Associate Director of Student Leadership and Global Engagement at the John D O’Bryant African American Institute

Ellen Cushman
Associate Dean of Academic Affairs, Diversity and Inclusion, College of Social Sciences and Humanities

Karin Firoza
Director, Center for Intercultural Engagement

Richard Harris
Academic Scholarship, Mentoring and Outreach & Director of NU Program in Multicultural Engineering (NUPRIME)


Alex Kern
Director, Center for Spirituality, Dialogue, and Service

Rachel Moo
Director, Asian American Center

Regina Sullivan
Deputy Athletics Director – Internal Affairs and Senior Women’s Administrator

Lee West
Director, LGBTQA Center