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Confronting Whiteness in the Campus Community
April 29 @ 7:00 pm - 8:30 pmFree
Please join the Honors Antiracism Event Series as we host an online workshop facilitated by Dr. Lisa Anderson-Levy and Dr. Catherine Orr from Beloit College.
What is whiteness? Is it just about skin color? How does it show up in our lives? On our campuses? In our classrooms? Maybe it’s that moment when a white student says or does something–even unintentionally–that targets students of color during a small group discussion. Maybe it’s at the Greek party where a student’s costume feeds into a violent stereotype. Or when white staff and faculty believe that “blue lives matter” is equivalent to “Black Lives Matter.” What do you do? What can you do? If these are your questions, then please join us. In this 90-minute workshop we will discuss ideas and develop strategies for identifying and confronting whiteness.
Please use the Zoom link below to participate in this event: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83583519149?pwd=QjduK1FqQStMZEJSVWVpdzJUa3ZoZz09
Participants are encouraged to view the following materials before the workshop:
- Coates: “Words that Don’t Belong to Everyone”
- Ross: “Call it What it Is: Anti-Blackness”
- Mendez-Zamora: “Surviving Institutions that Weren’t Made for You”
Dr. Catherine M. Orr is Professor and Chair of Critical Identity Studies, Co-PI of the Mellon-funded Decolonizing Pedagogies Project, and Director of Equity Initiatives at Beloit College. She is co-editor of Rethinking Women’s and Gender Studies (volumes 1 and 2) as well as co-author of Everyday Women’s and Gender Studies: Introductory Concepts, all published by Routledge. She is published in numerous journals, has served in numerous positions on the board of the National Women’s Studies Association, and currently co-facilitates “Witnessing Whiteness” workshops for K-12 educators and parents.
Dr. Lisa Anderson-Levy is a Professor in the Departments of Anthropology and Critical Identity Studies at Beloit College. Her ongoing research examines the operation of whiteness as identity, structural apparatus, and ideology. Publications include An(Other) Ethnographic Dilemma: Subjectivity and the Predicament of ‘Studying Up,’ and “The End(s) of Difference? Towards an Understanding of the “Post” in Post-Racial.” She has served in administrative roles at Beloit College. Both Orr and Anderson-Levy are co-founders of Reflective Justice, a professional development consulting firm that works with higher education and non-profit organizations to promote more equitable and just workspaces.