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PRE-CONFERENCE INSTITUTE SESSION 1114

Session Title

1114: Not in my school! How white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression undermine best intentions

Session Times

Tuesday, May 28: 8:30-11:30 a.m. and 1:30-5:30 p.m.

Abstract

This session should particularly benefit those grappling with the power of whiteness to reassert itself in ways large and small. What are the patterns of power and privilege that continue to drive our school communities and our nation apart? Where do they come from? How do they operate in our everyday lives, institutional policies, and cultural waters? How equipped do we feel to respond to emotional events such as Charleston and Charlottesville? Do we feel skilled enough to use them as teachable moments that create community and support those most impacted? 

This interactive and challenging session explores how these headline stories relate to the impacts power, privilege, and oppression have on student life, campus engagement, faculty preparedness, curriculum development, and everyday campus interactions. We will explore U.S. and institutional history and how both connect to today's deeply polarized, hate-filled political landscape. Finally, we'll learn and practice skills to support personal and institutional transformation amid chaos and activism fatigue.

Participants can expect to leave with the following: new tools to analyze racial and other systems of oppression; deepened understanding of the origin of differences, their manifestation in recent events, and how they obstruct efforts to create equity; increased confidence in engaging in systemic changes throughout a campus to increase a positive climate, particularly for students, faculty, and administrators of color; and an action planning tool to create and follow through on tangible goals -- short and long term, personal and systemic.

Presenters

Eddie Moore, PhD, Executive Director, The Privilege Institute;, Founder and Director, The White Privilege Conference; The Privilege Institute

Debby Irving, MBA, Racial Justice Educator and Writer