March 12, 2020
Thursday, March 12, 2020
8:30 AM to 3:00 PM
Malvern Preparatory School
418 S Warren Avenue
Malvern, PA 19355
Director of Professional Development
ADVIS SOCIAL MEDIA
Registration will open in early 2020.
MCRC @ ADVIS Critical Conversations:
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard
For White People To Talk About Racism
Featuring Dr. Robin DiAngelo
White people in the U.S. live in a racially insular social environment. This insulation builds our expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering our stamina for enduring racial stress. Dr. DiAngelo terms this lack of racial stamina “White Fragility.” White Fragility is a state in which even a minimal challenge to the white position becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive responses. These responses function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and maintain white control. Those who see themselves as “the choir” can be particularly challenging, for we tend to focus on “evidence of our advancement” rather than reach for humility and continually grapple with how to engage in intentional action.
This talk will provide an overview of the socialization that inculcates white fragility and provide the perspectives and skills needed for white people to build their racial stamina and develop more equitable racial practices. This session may also benefit people of color who are vastly underrepresented in an organization and/or wonder how we manage to remain unaware and why we are so difficult to talk to about racism.
Objectives of this talk:
Provide a shared framework for differentiating 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
Identify and make everyday patterns of whiteness recognizable
Recognize common barriers to bridging racial divides and introduce the skills necessary for bridging them
Recognize the above as an on-going process and build motivation to continue
Identify resources for supporting the work of racial equity
to order a copy of Robin's book,
White Fragility: Why It's So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism.
Download a free readers guide here
About Our Presenter: Dr. Robin DiAngelo
is an affiliate associate professor of Education at the University of Washington. She is a two-time winner of the Student's Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. Her scholarship is in Critical Discourse Analysis and Whiteness Studies. She has been an educator on issues of racial and social justice for more than twenty years. In addition to her academic work, Robin has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in race relations and racial justice. She coined the term White Fragility and is the author of the
New York Times
White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism
. Robin has numerous publications and books, including
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 or cited in Salon, NPR, PBS,
The New York Times
The New Yorker
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