For many white people, having conversations about race, racism, and white supremacy is often something to be avoided, triggering a myriad of emotional reactions that Black, Indigenous, People of Color (BIPOC) individuals and communities have to manage and respond to. Oftentimes white people feel unprepared, unskilled, afraid of messing up, and “looking racist.” Learning to understand our own whiteness and racial socialization can help us learn more skills and tools in talking about race, racism, and white supremacy, as well as interrupting problematic behavior in ourselves, other white people, and in the systems around us.
The focus on this session will be to frame concepts and name dominant patterns around whiteness and white supremacy in our culture and on campus. We will specifically discuss the role of white people in holding ourselves and other white people accountable for our actions and behaviors in ways that help build a culture of anti-racism.
Although we will be centering the conversation around whiteness, our goal is not to center white people. Much of what is shared by the facilitators comes from the work of many BIPOC educators and trainers throughout time. The goal is for white faculty, staff and learners to learn new skills that help dismantle racist behaviors and decenter whiteness in our systems. This training and dialogue is geared towards individuals that have some knowledge and experience with conversations around racism, whiteness and white accountability, however ALL community members are welcome to join.