Seeing Racial Water with Dr. DiAngelo

Past event

Craig Hall, Room 120, Community Room

What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race? Dr. DiAngelo will describe the way race shapes the lives of White people, explain what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity. Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. Although the focus is on white racial identity development, people of color may also find the analysis valuable as it is one that is rarely affirmed or provided in mainstream society. This session will:

1. Provide a shared framework of understanding

  • Differentiate between: prejudice, discrimination, and systematic racism
  • Understand the basic dynamics of current race relations in the U.S.
  • Examine the concept of whiteness and white racial socialization

2. Build skills in bridging racial divides

  • Recognize common challenges in bridging racial divides
  • Identify more constructive cross-racial practices
  • Practice increasing our comfort in talking about race

3. Identify resources for supporting the work of racial justice

  • Recognize all of the above as an on-going process and provide resources to continue

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is a former Associate Professor of Education. She is a two-time winner of the Student's Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle's Race & Social Justice Initiative Training. She has numerous publications and just completed the 2nd edition of her book, “What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy. Her work on White Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured in Alternet, Salon, NPR, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Colorlines.

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Interactive Workshop

General Registration: $75 | DU Alumni & Affiliates $50 | Current Students $30