Examining Whiteness- Summer 2021
Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30am-12:00pm; July 12-23
Examining Whiteness began as a pilot program in Fall 2020 and is a partnership between the Office for University Diversity & Inclusion and the Center for Teaching Learning and Technology.
Examining Whiteness includes two components: 1) A 5-week foundational series, and 2) an ongoing discussion series. The foundational series is intended as a first step toward engaging in critical reflection on Whiteness and working toward antiracism; after completing the 5-week series, all participants are strongly encouraged to participate in the ongoing series.
Examining Whiteness is designed to encourage White educators to critically examine and gain a deeper understanding of systemic racism, Whiteness, and White racial identity. The series is open to individuals at all levels of learning in their personal journey toward better understanding Whiteness in their personal and professional lives. The Examining Whiteness foundational series provides faculty and staff the opportunity to engage in conversations based on a discussion protocol and curriculum (adapted by the facilitators for higher education) that is inspired by and draws from the nationally recognized Building Anti-Racist White Educators (BARWE).
Who is this Space For? Following the BARWE model, this space is intended to work toward developing White educators who are interested in engaging in opportunities to discuss, learn, and challenge one another on topics related to Whiteness, White racial identity, and working toward antiracism. Though these discussions are centered around Whiteness and White identity, all who are interested are welcome to participate.
Meetings and Time Commitment
The introductory workshop has six synchronous meetings of 90 minutes each. During the summer the series will run in a condensed format over two weeks on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30am-12:00pm; July 12, 14, 16, 19, 21, 23. We ask that you commit to attending all 6 sessions, but understand if you are unable to attend a session. If you believe that you will miss more than one session; we will ask you to consider signing up during a subsequent quarter.
Each week we assign short readings, podcast, or videos. These assignments are intended to be brief and designed to be able to be completed in 2 hours or less. We have intentionally kept assignments short.
Sarah Macdonald, PhD (she/her/hers); Assistant Director for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Teaching, CTLT. Please contact Sarah with any questions about participation at email@example.com
Heather Domonoske (she/her/hers); Coordinator, Transfer Center
John Lee (he/him/his); Assistive Technology Specialist, Disability Resource Center