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Catalyst Series for Social Justice: White Fragility

September 27, 2017 @ 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm

THIS EVENT IS FREE, BUT REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED – SEE LINK: http://dughost.imodules.com/s/1150/community/index.aspx?sid=1150&pgid=14102&gid=1006&cid=23990&ecid=23990&post_id=0

White people in the U.S. live in a racially insular social environment that 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 moves including: argumentation, invalidation, silence, withdrawal and claims of being attacked and misunderstood. These moves function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and maintain white control. This talk will provide an overview of the socialization that inculcates white fragility and the perspectives and skills needed for white people to build their racial stamina and re-imagine more equitable and just cross-racial norms and practices.

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.


September 27, 2017
6:00 pm - 8:00 pm