Deepen your Resolve to Live as a Change Agent for Racial Justice

with Kathy Obear

May 23, 2017 at 2:00 PM EDT

About This Course

Who would you be if you were no longer afraid someone would call you racist? What impact could you have if you had proven tools and techniques to create greater racial justice in your organization?

Join Kathy Obear, author of But I’m NOT Racist: Tools for Well-Meaning Whites for a virtual BOOK CLUB!!!

  • Do you stay silent and hold back for fear of making a mistake? Or making things worse?
  • Are there times you want to speak up, but don’t know how to interrupt racist dynamics or organizational practices?
  • Do you sometimes feel alone, like you are the only one raising issues about racial justice in your organization? 

For four (4) Zoom calls in May, Kathy will facilitate an engaged dialogue as book club participants explore and discuss tools strategies and ways of being to accelerate their capacity as white allies and change agents for racial justice in their organizations.

Each participant will get a free copy of Kathy’s book to prepare for each of the conversations.

As a bonus, participants will receive a packet of all the reflection questions, pre-work assignments and discussion prompts to use as they start a Book Club in their own organizations.

Come join a community of change agents and find deep inspiration and resolve to live your values every day as a change agent for racial justice.

A free NASPA username and password are required to log in and register for the program; however, NASPA membership is not required. This will give you access to the Online Learning Community where the resources for the sessions will be housed.

Session Air Dates Topic

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

3:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. ET
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. MT

Pre-reading: Introduction, Chapters 1-2

We will review, discuss, and identify ways to move forward with respect to:

  • Common fears and feelings of whites on their journey to greater competence and effectiveness as a partner for change
  • Ineffective, common defense reactions when we are confronted about our inaction and racist attitudes and behaviors
  • “White women’s tears”
  • White guilt and shame
  • Our socialization experiences: We are not our past

Friday, May 12, 2017

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. MT

Pre-reading: Introduction, Chapters 3-4

We will review, discuss, and identify ways to move forward with respect to:

  • How to move towards acceptance of the past and taking responsibility for changing ourselves
  • Common racist microaggression that we have participated in or colluded with
  • Dynamics of “internalized dominance” ~ the ways we (un)consciously believe and perpetuate racism in our daily thoughts and actions
  • Common traps and potholes to recognize and avoid
  • Tools and strategies to engage other whites more effectively
  • The costs and benefits of intentionally working for racial justice

Friday, May 19, 2017

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. MT

Pre-reading: Introduction, Chapters 5-6

We will review, discuss, and identify ways to move forward with respect to:

  • How to partner to create change at the organizational level
  • Recognizing and interrupting white privilege in daily interactions and practices
  • Identifying ways white culture permeates policies programs, and services
  • Tools and concepts for greater racial justice at the systems level
  • Ways to continuous deepen our capacities as white change agents
  • Competencies of effective white allies

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

2:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. ET
12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. MT

Pre-reading: Introduction, Chapters 7-8

We will review, discuss, and identify ways to move forward with respect to:

  • What do I do if? Strategizing ways to respond effectively to racist comments and actions
  • What if I’m called racist?
  • Ways to keep developing our effectiveness
  • Committing to a lifelong journey for racial justice
Please note: because of the limitations of our Zoom meeting room, each session will be capped at the first 100 people who register. Please, for the benefit of all, only sign up for the programs that you will definitely attend, so that as many who wish to may engage.




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