What Does It Mean to be White? Developing White Racial Literacy

Robin DeAngelo

Thursday, September 17th, TCMC  10am-12pm .  Classroom 3083 in the Main building at 525 Pine Street

Thursday, September 17th, 1:30-3:00  Wilkes University Henry Student Center-Miller Room

Thursday, September 17, 2015 ,  5pm-7pm Misericordia University. Need to contact Dr. Trompetter to attend

Thursday, September 17, 2015,  7:30pm-9pm  Misericordia University. Insalaco 218

Dr. Robin DiAngelo received her PhD from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2004. She earned tenure at Westfield State University in 2014, teaching courses in Multicultural Teaching, Inter-group Dialogue Facilitation, Cultural Diversity & Social Justice, and Anti-Racist Education. My area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis, explicating how Whiteness is reproduced in everyday discourse.  I am particularly concerned with the challenges of an increasingly white teaching force and an increasingly diverse student population. I am a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year.

Robin currently serves as Director of Equity for Senior Services, Seattle/King County. She has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice. I was appointed to co-design, develop and deliver the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative Anti-Racism training with Darlene Flynn.

“I grew up poor and white.  While my class oppression has been relatively visible to me, my race privilege has not.  In my efforts to uncover how race has shaped my life, I have gained deeper insight by placing race in the center of my analysis and asking how each of my other group locations have socialized me to collude with racism. In so doing, I have been able to address in greater depth my multiple locations and how they function together to hold racism in place. I now make the distinction that I grew up poor and white, for my experience of poverty would have been different had I not been white” (DiAngelo, 2006).

“I am a white woman whose academic, professional, and personal commitment is to anti-racist practice, however, I don’t call myself an “anti-racist white” because I believe that it is for people of color to decide if, in any given moment, I am behaving in anti-racist ways. These are the issues and perspectives that guide my work.”

Dr. DiAngelo’s book, What Does It Mean To BE White? Developing White Racial Literacy (New York: Peter Lang, 2012), challenges white teachers, academics, and managers to examine how race shapes lives, and how white identity can exist in an anti-racist framework. It is an invaluable resource for members of diversity and anti-racism programs, study groups, students of sociology, psychology, and education, and professionals in the fields of education and management.

This book goes well beyond Diversity Training 101. It is filled with comprehensive knowledge and useful tools for understanding racism and white people’s role in it. An invaluable resource for every educator, student, practitioner, and concerned citizen; you will be better prepared to address all forms of oppression after reading this book.”—Eddie Moore, Founder of The White Privilege Conference

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