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The 17 Annual White Privilege Conference
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APRIL 14-17, 2016
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
The WPC provides a challenging,
collaborative and comprehensive
experience. We strive to empower
and equip individuals to work for
equity and justice through self and
social transformation.
Core Values
(of privilege & oppression)
Comprehensive Approach
(in terms of content & process)
Challenging & Supportive
Intersectional content
Strategic and action-oriented
Reciprocity between us
and our participants
Accountability & Responsibility
Relationship Building
(we are fighting for
liberation, social justice and equity)
The White Privilege Conference - 1999-2016
1st Annual Conference on ‘White Privilege’
Understanding, Respecting, and Connecting in the Changing Face of America
Mt. Vernon, Iowa, Cornell College
WPC 2 Understanding, Respecting,
and Connecting in the Changing Face of America
Mt. Vernon, Iowa, Cornell College
WPC 3 Multicultural Education and Teacher Preparation
Pella, Iowa, Central College
WPC 4 Breaking the Psychological Chains of
Privilege and Oppression
Pella, Iowa, Central College
WPC 5 White Supremacy and the
Prison Industrial Complex
Pella, Iowa, Central College
WPC 6 Women Activists: Their Fight against
White Privilege, White Supremacy and Oppression.
Pella, Iowa, Central College
WPC 7 YOUTH: A Call To Action.
St. Louis, Missouri, University of Missouri-St. Louis
WPC 8 Examining Interactions,
Making Connections & Building Allies
Colorado Springs, Colorado, Sheraton Hotel
WPC 9 Critical Liberation Praxis: Creating
Transformation for Social Justice
Springfield, Massachusetts, Sheraton & Marriot Hotels
WPC 10 Taking Responsibility: Awareness, Healing,
and Social Change
Memphis, Tennessee, Hilton Hotel
WPC 11 Health Inequities:
Strategies. Action. Liberation
La Crosse, Wisconsin, La Crosse Center
WPC 12 This Land is Whose Land?
Defining Citizenship • Understanding Access • Taking Action
Minneapolis, Minnesota, Sheraton Bloomington
WPC 13 Intersectionality: Vision, Commitment, and Sustainable Partnerships
Albuquerque, New Mexico, Albuquerque Convention Center
WPC 14 The Color of Money: Reclaiming our Humanity
Seattle, Washington, Doubletree by Hilton Seattle Airport
WPC 15 Building Relationships, Strengthening Communities, Seeking Justice.
Madison, Wisconsin, Monona Terrace Community Center
WPC 16 Resistance, Action, Courage, & Equity: The South Leading the Way!
Louisville, Kentucky, The Galt House Hotel
WPC 17 Let Freedom Ring
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Marriott Downtown Philadelphia
WPC Community Agreement
The WPC aims to create a learning community in which participants engage in a challenging educational
experience as respectful community members. The views expressed by facilitators and speakers at the
conference do not necessarily reflect the views of the WPC and conference organizers. Each participant is
in a different place with regard to their journey in understanding white supremacy, whiteness, privilege,
power and oppression. Thus, we ask that each participant share responsibility for holding ourselves
accountable to this community agreement that will allow for a shared experience that fosters the opportunity
for understanding, respecting and connecting.
We ask that all WPC community members agree:
To Create a Challenging Experience:
• We will strive to maintain a safe and inclusive environment, recognizing that safety takes different forms
for different people. To this end, we agree to take care in our interactions with others and in representing
our own needs.
• We agree to openly and honestly engage ourselves. We will take risks and ask questions, realizing there
will be discomfort, but that through discomfort we learn and grow.
• We make a commitment to dialogue and accept non-closure. We are engaging in ongoing, life-long work.
To Work Collaboratively:
• We agree to actively listen to others, remain engaged, and consider views that are different from our own,
even if it challenges us to do so. When we disagree, we will express our views respectfully, acknowledging
that EVERYONE (participants and facilitators) is here to learn.
• We agree to focus on the issue under discussion and if we stray into extraneous subjects, we support the
moderator to bring the discussion back into focus.
• We agree to be as considerate as possible to the experience of other WPC participants. May we suggest
that participants turn off/mute cell phones and be aware that some are allergic to scented products, for
• We agree to respect confidentiality. (Confidentiality can mean something different to different people.
When in doubt, ask).
• We agree that if we experience a problem we will seek the advice/guidance of the conference staff and
other resources including the listening station, and caucus and support groups.
• We agree to be respectful of the planning process, and if we have concerns about any workshop or event,
to share them with Eddie and the programming team.
To a Comprehensive Commitment:
• We agree that equity pertains to all people with NO exceptions.
• We will respect the conference environment, including its grounds, buildings and property.
• We agree to respect each other’s physical needs and strive to create an accessible conference space.
• We will strive for intersectionality, recognizing that systems of white supremacy, inequality and privilege,
such as race, gender, sexual, religious, etc. are interacting and interconnected.
• We agree to take action in our own circle of power when we return to our workplace, community spaces
and social networks. The conference is only one experience in our ongoing commitment to social change;
we will strive to be accountable all year long.
We have come together knowing that community and its members grow when all voices are heard,
when civility and respect are at the heart of our discussions, and when everyone participates and is
able to listen to other points of view. We know that the diversity and inclusiveness of this
conference is one of its greatest strengths. Thank you for choosing to be here.
Phone: 303.486.6890 Fax: 303.486.6891
4950 S Yosemite St
F2# 357
Greenwood Village, CO 80111
Welcome to the 17th Annual White Privilege Conference!
Our theme this year is: Let Freedom Ring: Re-Imagining Equity and Justice in the U.S.! The crack in the liberty bell is
a telling reminder that the U.S. was founded on a system that has provided freedom for some at the expense of others. At
WPC17 in Philadelphia, we seek to challenge that historic, insidious precedent and re-envision the notion of freedom to
include everyone.
The institutional home of the White Privilege Conference is The Privilege Institute (TPI). TPI is an independent, non-profit
organization housed in Denver, Colorado that boasts a staff of three. The founder and director of WPC, Dr. Eddie Moore,
Jr. serves as the President of TPI. Marqita Jones, our Director of Operations, tirelessly coordinates the logistics of TPI and
WPC, assisted by our skillful Office Manager, Chris Davis. The organization is managed by a volunteer Board of
Directors, all under the supervision, dedication, and vision of Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.
TPI develops and sustains collaborations grounded in the essential ideals of the White Privilege Conference (WPC):
Understanding, Respecting, and Connecting. TPI offers multiple opportunities for advocates of peace, equity and justice to
enhance their work and research by providing challenging workshops, engaging speakers, and a range of educational
opportunities and resources on issues of privilege, power and leadership. We are pleased to have a place where the work of
both TPI and the WPC will continue to survive and thrive through the relationship model (handshake to handshake). Most
importantly, at TPI, we always keep it REAL: Research. Education. Action. Leadership.
The WPC is the product of a collaborative process that includes a national planning team that works together year after
year, a local planning team that has formed to bring the WPC to their community, and many other committed volunteers
that work tirelessly to organize, shape, and strengthen the WPC. The dedication of this team makes it possible to keep this
conference affordable, and offer registration rates lower than other comparable conferences. Please join us in thanking the
local team to make WPC17 in Philadelphia a reality!
As always, to make WPC strong and sustainable, we need YOUR SUPPORT! We are grateful for any and all past support
and take this opportunity to invite you to engage with us in the work we do. We need your skills, expertise, creativity, time,
commitment, and whatever else you have to give! We are and will remain a largely volunteer run organization, and cannot
succeed without YOU! Do you have grant writing skills? Fundraising skills? Radio-interview skills? Please let us know!
We also need financial support from EVERY WPC participant. Please give whatever you can to hold yourself accountable
and to ensure the future of WPC. As a community, we are powerful!
Our vision is to build a community committed to dismantling white privilege, white supremacy and oppression, every day,
everywhere. WPC fosters an environment where every participant can engage deeply, and then through our Accountability
program, bring what they have learned back to their own community so that their WPC experience impacts their lives,
employment, and community all year long.
We commit ourselves to another decade of listening, dialoguing, cooperating and collaborating across the nation and the
globe. We all have work to do and we value the opportunity to travel on this journey with the wide-ranging, diverse people
that make up the WPC family.
Together for justice,
Eddie Moore Jr.
Founder and President, The Privilege Institute
Dena R. Samuels
Chair, The Privilege Institute
Dear White Privilege Conference Participants,
The WPC17 Local Host team welcomes you to Philadelphia, historically called the “City of Brotherly
Love,” the “Cradle of Liberty,” the home of the Liberty Bell, and the birthplace of the Declaration of
Independence and the Constitution. Throughout the history of the United States, “liberty”, and “justice”
have been espoused values, which have only ever applied to a very small minority of people. The
Constitution supported the enslavement of Africans; the U.S. government orchestrated the decimation of
Native American nations; until 1952 Congress prohibited Asians and Latinos from naturalizing as U.S.
citizens because they were not White; the Bill of Rights did not apply to persons who were not White, male
and Christian.
The foundation of this country has always been fractured by racism—and other forms of oppression—like
the crack in the Liberty Bell. To make change in the 21st century, we want to newly envision liberty,
justice, and equality in ways that genuinely embrace all people, especially those from marginalized groups.
We want to make freedom ring in Philadelphia and in the United States in a way that it never actually has
for people who are immigrants, people of all racial backgrounds, people who are gay, lesbian, bisexual or
pansexual, people who are trans, people with disabilities, people of all religions, people of all educational
backgrounds, and people who are poor or working class.
The conference theme, Let Freedom Ring - Re-Imagining Equity and Justice in the United States,
calls us to work for equity and justice by addressing the material realities, extreme poverty, and lack of
economic opportunities facing people of color in Philadelphia and around the nation. We call upon WPC
participants to use their time at the conference to learn, grow, change, and act. When you return home,
take what you learn here to activate your community to examine unjust laws, unequal schools, poverty and
marginalization—and make change.
This conference will challenge us to address how we can mend broken liberty by how we see our past,
understand the present and imagine the future.
We offer some queries to shape the conference as well as the workshops in the conference:
1. Who is American? What does it mean to be “American” – what do Americans look like and sound
like? Who was American in 1776? Who will be American in 2050?
2. What is the American way? What has it been in the past? What will it be in the future?
3. What would true religious freedom look like? How has Christianity shaped life in the U.S. to the
exclusion and oppression of other religions?
4. What are the origins of race and racism in the United States? How has racism and racial inequality
been shaped by U.S. law?
5. What are the next steps toward true equity and social justice?
6. How do we live up to the promises stated in the U.S. Constitution, Bill of Rights and national
policies such as the GI Bill, the Fair Housing Act, and the Equal Educational Opportunities
7. What would it look like to have reparations for the injustices committed in the U.S. and for the
broken promises of liberty and justice for all?
The Philadelphia WPC Planning Team
Table of Contents
General Information…….…………………………………………………………..…..5-7
Academic Credit
Bookstore, Got Privilege? Merchandise and Exhibitors
Community Dinner
Conference Lunches
Continuing Education Credit/Clock Hours
Gender Identity and Expression
Gender Neutral Restrooms
Internet Access
Meditation/Reflection Room
Need a Good Listener?
Presenter Biographies
Presenter Green Room
Presenter Orientation
Quaker Hospitality Suite
Recordings and Copyrights
Social Media
Walkin,’ Talkin’ and Moore with the Founder
WPC Glossary: Key Terms………………………………………………………….....8-9
Caucus Work at WPC………………………………………………..….…………...11-12
Action/Accountability Update ………………………...……………………………….14
Youth Action Project…………………………………………………………………16-17
Daily Schedule
Thursday, April 14….…………………………………………..…..………….……..19-20
Friday, April 15…..…………………………………………….…............................22-24
Saturday, April 16……….………………………………………….........................26-28
Sunday, April 17……….………………………………………….……………….....30-31
Workshop Ratings………………………………………..…........................………….35
Workshop Descriptions………………………………...............................................35
Listed in alphabetical order
Meeting Space Layout
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown….….………………………………………………..……67-69
General Information
*Please note: Participants must wear name badges at all times.
Academic Credit
Participants at the WPC may obtain Academic Credit (High school students, undergraduate and
graduate students may earn 1-3 hours of academic credit at either the undergraduate or graduate
level). For details about academic credit, stop by the Information Booth for a handout.
The WPC is firmly committed to providing a conference experience and environment that is
accessible, welcoming, inviting, and user-friendly for all participants. Many steps to ensure these are
built into the program and physical design of the conference. ASL Interpreting services are being
provided as well as CART service during Keynote sessions only. Questions? Please contact Lori
Dowds at [email protected], ask for her on-site or text her at 719.235.8248.
Bookstore, Got Privilege? Merchandise and Exhibitors
The WPC17 Bookstore can be found in the Grand Ballroom (near the stage). It will feature a
variety of books authored by our presenters. Got Privilege? Stop by our merchandise area to see the
latest WPC wares (also near the stage). You will want to visit with our WPC17 exhibitors and sponsors
located in the Grand Ballroom Foyer throughout the conference. Thank you for supporting WPC17 and
our special vendors!
Community Dinner
Join us on Saturday night for our annual dinner and celebration. Everyone is invited and all are
welcome. A special performance will directly follow the dinner. The Community Dinner provides: an
opportunity to celebrate with community and reconfirm our commitment to peace, equity and justice; an
opportunity to celebrate the spirit/history of collaboration, cooperation and community-building; reflect
on what sustains all of us through the many challenges of engaging in social justice work; and an
opportunity to celebrate the role that creative expression plays in working towards liberation. Tickets
are provided for those who pre-registered. You must present a meal ticket at the dinner. Onsite
purchase may be available, but this event typically sells out in advance.
Conference Lunches
Participants will have an opportunity to experience Philadelphia for daily lunches; FridaySunday. The Reading Terminal Market is a short walk from the Marriott and is one of America’s largest
and oldest public markets, housed since 1892 in a National Historic Landmark building. The Market
offers an incredible selection of farm fresh produce, meats, cheese, and baked goods along with a
variety of dining choices ranging from local specialties to international delights. Participants will be
given a pre-loaded card with $45 ($15 per day). The lunch time in the conference schedule has been
extended. If you have alternate lunch plans, do not plan to use your card or do not use the full amount,
please return it to the Information Booth as they will be donated to local organizations upon the
conclusion of the conference.
Continuing Education Credit/Clock Hours
WPC offers CEUs for educators for your participation in WPC through the University of
Wisconsin College of Education and Human Services; variable 1-3 Continuing Educations Units
(CEUs), 10-30 hours. Choose from Educational Leadership and Policy, Human Services or Social
Work. Course requirements include a session log and reflection paper, details are available on the
WPC website.
Gender Identity and Expression
Some of us see and experience gender as a spectrum and prefer to opt out of a gender binary
system. Please be aware that some people have a preference about the gender pronouns used when
they are addressed or referred to. Conference participants are encouraged to model the use of
preferred gender pronouns by stating their preferred gender pronouns when they introduce themselves.
Example: "Hello, my name is Stephanie and I prefer the pronouns she and her."
Gender Neutral Restrooms
All restrooms on Level 5 (near the Grand Ballroom) will be designated gender neutral. Gender
neutral restrooms are exactly that, restrooms that are not labeled "men" and "women" and are provided
for those conference participants that opt out of a gender binary system and are open to all. It is the
responsibility of all conference participants to respect others’ choices. If you have any questions or
concerns, contact Jordon Johnson at 505.503.5183 or via email at [email protected]
Internet Access
The Marriott offers complimentary wireless high speed internet access in the meeting space.
The access code is WPC17.
Meditation/Reflection Room
Many of us experience struggles for justice as spiritual matters. The deep learning, challenge,
and listening demanded by WPC can also demand of us reflection, understanding, reckoning, and also
a gentleness toward the self. Please make use of the quiet space in the Meditation and Reflection
Room which is being set aside by the WPC again this year. This space will be in the Headhouse Tower
Lounge located on Level 3 from Friday through Sunday. Your hotel room key is required to access this
space. If you are not a guest of the Marriott and wish to visit, please see the Information Booth. All
traditions and practices are welcome; however, this is not a place for napping.
Need a Good Listener?
Need someone to talk to? Good listeners are available throughout WPC and during daily caucus
time. Go to the Information Booth or the Presenter Room (Conference Suite III located on Level 3) to
be connected with a good listener.
Presenter Biographies
In an effort to promote sustainability, presenter biographies were/are available online at the
WPC website. Copies for viewing are available at the registration booth.
Presenter Green Room
Conference Suite III (located on Level 3) will be available to all presenters Thursday through
Saturday from 7:30 am-5:00 pm and Sunday from 8:00 am-2:30 pm. Presenters should register in this
Presenter Orientation
All WPC17 Presenters are expected to participate in one of the follow orientations:
New Presenter Orientation: Thursday from 5:45-6:15 pm and 6:30-7:00 pm and Friday from 5:45-6:15
pm and 6:30-7:00 pm in Salon K. Returning Presenter Orientation: Thursday from 7:00-8:00 pm and
Friday from 6:00-7:00 pm in Salon L. Both rooms are located on Level 5.
Quaker Hospitality Suite
All are welcome at this year's Quaker Hospitality Suite Conference Suite I (located on Level 3),
sponsored by the Quaker organization Friends General Conference. There will be occasional Quaker
Recording and Copyrights
Sessions may not be recorded or videotaped without prior written permission from the White
Privilege Conference. All keynotes will be recorded by WPC staff and made available for sale on the
WPC website. No materials received at the conference may be reproduced without written permission
from the White Privilege Conference and the author. The views of the presenters do not represent the
views of The Privilege Institute or the WPC.
Social Media
Connect with conference participants and speakers via Social Media. Get involved:
Twitter- @got_privilege #PHLWPC17
Instagram- got_privilege
YAP on Twitter: @OH_SNAP_YAP
YAP on Instagram: oh_snap_yap
Speakers on Twitter:
Eddie Moore- @eddieknowsmoore, Jacob Swindell Sakoor- @TSFJacob, Kathy [email protected], Paul Gorski- @pgorski, Beth Applegate- @bethconsults, Jennifer [email protected]_in_WI, Pippi Kessler - @PippiKessler, Debby Irving - @DebbyIrving, Susan Naimark @naimark1, Dara Silverman - @darasilvermanus, Heather Hackman - @HackmanGroup, Dena
Samuels - @denasamuels, Jamie Washington - @revdrjamie, Jondou Chase Chen and Gail CruiseRoberson - @NatlSEEDProject, Tanya O. Williams - @tanyaovea, Jasiri X - @jasiri_x, Natania
Kremer - @NataniaKremer, Daniel Escalante - @ifnotyou, Stephanie Baran - @stephaniembaran,
Ali Michael - @alimichaelphd and @race_inst, Shemariah Arki [email protected], Amer Ahmed @DrAmerFAhmed, Darlene Flynn - @dforce53, Johanna Eager - @johannaeager, Jada Monica
Drew - jdotdrew, Wade Colwell Sandoval - @funkamentalz, Jesse Phillips-Fein - @JessePFein,
Jazelyn Montanez - @JazzyBKLN, Anna Von Essen - @avonessen, , Khalid Smith - @khalidrudo,
Caroline Hann - @MetaTheatreCo, Jon Greenberg - @citizenshipsj, Howard C. Stevenson @DrHoward_RECAST, Lindsay Schubiner - @imagine2050, Chuck Modiano - @chuckmodi1, Sam
Offer - @OfferRev, Erin McNeill - @MediaLitNow, Karen Gaffney - @dividednolonger, Jonathan Zur
- @jzur and @inclusiveva, Kara Dansky - @onethousandarms, Rabbi Alissa Wise - @AlissaShira,
Jamie Utt - @utt_jamie, Shelly Tochluk - @shellytochluk, Abraham Rodriquez-Hernandez @aberunsmiles, J.R. Reynolds - @4HumansBeing, Alice Ragland - @iHug_Trees, Laura
Shmishkiss - @bordercrossers, Christine Saxman - @xinest, Shelley Krause - @butwait, Tanynya
Hekymara - @Tanynyayoga, Nina Sethi - @teachpluralism, Tiffany Taylor Smith - @theculturelady,
Morghan Williams - @MorghieM, Tim McGettigan - @pr0ftim, Reagen Price - @reagenprice,
Michaela Pommells - @michaela0306, Tanya Williams - @tanyaovea, Chris Haigh - @chrishaigh8,
Vernon Wall - @vernonAwall, Jim Loewen - @JamesWLoewen, Aisha Fukushima @aishafukushima, LaTierra Piphus - @rEVOLushunaryAx, Yusef Salaam - @yusefsalaam
Walkin,’ Talkin’ and Moore with the Founder
Join WPC Founder, Eddie Moore, Jr. to walk and talk each morning; 30-45 minutes to get your
heart pumping and your questions, suggestions and daily reflections heard. Plan to meet in the
Marriott’s Lobby Saturday and Sunday mornings at 6:30 am.
WPC Glossary: Key Terms
Language both contributes to oppression and privilege and can also potentially be a tool of liberation.
The power inherent in the ability to name oneself and others is tremendous. For these reasons, we
encourage you to consider the following definitions as a rough starting point. Many of these terms and
definitions will and should change over time. We welcome your input.
Ableism: The system of oppression based on ability; assumes disabled people as flawed, insufficient,
and inferior. Includes assumptions about what is “normal” and results in the marginalization of the
disabled. In brief, it is the unearned privilege afforded to non-disabled people.
Attitudinal barriers: People with disabilities face barriers as part of their everyday lives, including
“systematic barriers” in the workplace and society. Attitudes are often the greatest barrier, reflecting
society’s low expectations and unwillingness to recognize and appreciate the full potential of people
with disabilities.
Bisexual: A person who has significant romantic, emotional, physical, and/or sexual attractions to both
men and women, but not necessarily simultaneously or equally.
Christonormativity: The system of oppression which assumes Christianity as the norm, favors
Christians, and denigrates and stigmatizes anyone that is not Christian. Equates Americanness with
Cisgender: The term used to describe those having a gender identity or performing in gender roles
that society considers appropriate for one's sex.
Disability: Depending on the model informing the definition (i.e., medical, social, economic, feminist,
legal, social justice, etc.) social, historical, political, and mythological coordinates impact the actual
meaning of disability and disabled people as objects of institutional discourse.
Ethnicity: A social construct which divides people into groups based on characteristics such as shared
sense of group identity, values, culture, language, history, ancestry and geography.
Gay: A term used to describe an individual who is emotionally, physically, an/or sexually attracted to
members of the same sex. This term is often used in relation to men.
Gender: Socially constructed categories of masculinity and manhood, femininity and womanhood.
Gender identity: A person’s internal sense of themselves as a specific gender.
Gender expression/image/display: The external presentation of self as gendered through cultural
identifiers/markers such as clothing, behaviors, etc.
Genderqueer: A self-identifying term for someone who rejects the male/female gender binary in favor
of a more fluid, nontraditional identity which merges or blurs characteristics of gender and gender
Heterosexism: The system of oppression which assumes heterosexuality as the norm, favors
heterosexuals, and denigrates and stigmatizes anyone whose gender or sexual behavior is considered
Inclusiveness: A commitment to foster a climate that represents and values members of diverse social
identity groups. Inclusive practices occur at the individual, cultural and institutional levels, creating a
culture where all members feel they are welcome and belong.
Intersectionality: An approach largely advanced by women of color, arguing that classifications such
as gender, race, class, and others cannot be examined in isolation from one another; they interact and
intersect in individuals’ lives, in society, in social systems, and are mutually constitutive.
Lesbian: A term used to describe a woman whose primary romantic, emotional, physical, and sexual
attractions are to other women.
Microaggressions: Microaggressions are subtle words, cues, and/or behaviors that insult, invalidate,
or exclude traditionally marginalized group members. The long term effect of micro aggressions can
have a significant negative effect on one’s health
Oppression: Systemic devaluing, undermining, marginalizing, and disadvantaging of certain social
identities in contrast to the privileged norm; when some people are denied something of value, while
others have ready access.
People first language (PFL): Puts the person before the disability. "People with disabilities"
acknowledges that individuals with disabilities are people first and not their diagnosis or disability.
Privilege: Systemic favoring, enriching, valuing, validating, and including of certain social identities
over others. Individuals cannot “opt out” of systems of privilege; rather these systems are inherent to
the society in which we live.
A political term or identity to describe any person living or identifying outside of
heteronormative ideals
Race: A social construct that divides people into groups based on factors such as physical
appearance, ancestry, culture, history, etc; a social, historical and political classification system.
Racism: A system of oppression involving systematic subordination of members of targeted racial
groups by those who have relatively more social power. This subordination occurs at the individual,
cultural and institutional levels.
Sexism: A system of oppression that privileges men, subordinates women, and denigrates womenidentified values. This subordination occurs at the individual, cultural, and institutional levels.
Sexual orientation: A concept referring to sexual desire and preference for emotional and sexual
relationships with others based on their sex/gender; often implies that sexual object choice is an
essential, in-born characteristic, so may be problematic to some.
Social class: (as in upper class, middle class, lower class, working class) refers to people’s socioeconomic status, based on factors such as wealth, occupation, education, income, etc.
Transgender Person: A broad umbrella term for people whose self-identification challenges traditional
notions of gender and sexuality and do not conform to traditional understandings of labels like male
and female or heterosexual and homosexual.
White Privilege: Institutional set of benefits, including greater access to resources and power,
bestowed upon people classified as white.
White Supremacy: The assumption or theory that whites are superior to all other races and should be
in power and control.
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Caucus Work at WPC
Caucusing is integral to the work of anti-racism. It provides safe environments for people who
share similar racial experiences to explore the dynamics of race. Without fear of offending or
alienating others, caucus participants can investigate feelings, attitudes and experiences that are
part of their shared racial experiences. Racial privilege (for White people) and racial oppression
(for People of Color and Indigenous people) shape racial identity and cross-race interactions in
significant ways. Because of this, it is important to spend time in same-race groups to explore
issues of privilege, oppression and identity. Caucusing does not replace the need for mixed-race
settings where we need to work together to eliminate racism and other forms of oppression.
Rather, caucuses help us work better together in cross-race settings. The majority of the time at
WPC is spent working together; however, one to two hours each day is set aside to provide
participants the option to meet in separate groups to explore how racial privilege and racial
oppression are operating at WPC and how we might support one another in an environment where
well-meaning, imperfect people are struggling (some for the first time) to understand difficult issues
regarding race.
WPC has three race-based caucuses for conference participants; one for people of color/
Indigenous people, one for white people, and one for people who identify as mixed or multi-race
individuals. This year, the People of Color/Indigenous People Caucus will be offering separate
caucus space for college students. WPC conference organizers and caucus facilitators ask that
conference participants honor and respect caucus spaces. It is our hope that you will attend the
caucus for your racial group and not attempt to attend a caucus meeting that is not designed for
you. If anyone is uncertain about why separate caucuses are vital to anti-racism work and the work
of WPC, you may raise these issues in your appropriate caucus space for discussion.
WPC conference organizers recognize that other cultural groups may need spaces during the
conference to discuss issues unique to their experiences. Anyone who wishes to initiate a meeting
for members of his or her affinity group--Jews, Muslims, people with disabilities, or LGBTQ
individuals, to name a few, can do so. To ensure respect for the purpose of the conference, we do
ask that meeting times not coincide with the meeting times for the caucuses.
For this conference, race must remain the guiding theme of our work. We hope that conference
participants will understand that racial caucuses are central to the goals of the conference and will
attend caucuses designed for their racial group. We also hope that affinity groups will include race
as an important topic in their exploration of the issues that define their unique experiences at WPC
and beyond.
Eddie Moore, Jr., WPC Organizers and Caucus Facilitators
People of Color/Indigenous People Caucus (Salon C/D on Level 5) WPC participants who
identify as people of color and indigenous people are encouraged to join this daily conversation.
This caucus will provide an opportunity to share information, feelings, and experiences that occur
during the conference. Come join us in a unique space for support and collaboration.
Facilitators: Robin Parker, Pamela Smith Chambers and Jorge Zeballos
College Students of Color/Indigenous College Students Caucus (Salon I, Level 5) WPC
college student attendees who identify as people of color and indigenous people are encouraged
to participate in this daily conversation. This caucus will provide a special opportunity for college
students of color and Indigenous college students to come together to share information, feelings,
and experiences as they attend the conference. Come join the conversation in this unique space
for support and collaboration from a college student perspective.
Facilitators: Veronica Watson and Xavier Karjohn
Bi/multi-Racial/Mixed-Heritage Caucus (Salon J on Level 5) WPC participants who identify as
bi/multi-racial or mixed-heritage are encouraged to join this conversation. This caucus will provide
a place to explore the ways racism has impacted us, our connections to communities of color and
our relationship to whiteness and privilege. We will share information, feelings, stories and
collective understanding about how being mixed shapes our lives and our WPC experience.
Facilitator: Makai Kellogg, Darlene Flynn and Melia LaCour
White Anti-Racist Caucus (Franklin Hall 6/7/8/9 on Level 4) WPC participants who identify as
white are invited to meet with other anti-racist white people. We will explore the following issues
and how they manifest at WPC and beyond: white privilege, white supremacy, internalization of
white superiority, and accountability to People of Color, Indigenous People, and
Mixed/Bi/Multiracial People. The caucus is a space to offer support, relate to each other, challenge
one another, and explore strategies for making change and taking action that challenges white
supremacy, white privilege and other forms of oppression. Note: All white caucus participants
initially meet in the same large meeting space in order to receive group/facilitator/room
assignments. After the large-group introduction, participants move toward their small group
meeting spaces. This small group meeting space will be their same caucus location on Saturday
and Sunday.
Facilitators: Amie Thurber, Ashley Davis, Barbara McQueen, Bert Hopkins, Beth Applegate, Bill
Price, Diane Goodman, Emily Affolter, Fran Partridge, Garrett Naiman, Ilana Morris, Ilsa Govan,
Jamie Utt, Jean Caiani, Jenna Chandler-Ward, Johanna Eager, Jon Greenberg, Kate Engle, Kathy
Obear, Mary Watson, Matt Killian, Maura Eden, Michelle Chalmers, Mike Beebe, Peggy Peloquin,
Pippi Kesler, Robin DiAngelo, Ryan Williams-Virden, Sharman Spieser, Shelly Tochluk, Stephanie
M Baran, Susan Naimark, Suzie Hodges and Tilman Smith
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Action/Accountability Update*
Welcome White Privilege Conference (WPC) Participants! As the WPC grows in size and impact, action
and accountability are being more systematically integrated into what we do. We want every participant
to take the WPC learning beyond the walls and week of the conference.
Last year, the Community of Action Team (CoAT) expanded our work with a pilot effort to gather
Moore information from accountability session participants about some of the impacts of WPC. Here’s
what happened.
One hundred eighty-four participants in 11 accountability sessions described several hundred actions
they had taken and/or planned to take as a result of their WPC experience. You can find details of the
analysis, themes and examples on the WPC website,
www.whiteprivilegeconference.com/taking_action.html, which includes a link to the full
Action/Accountability Report. Meanwhile, take a look at these samples:
PERSONAL ACTION. This theme category includes activities that improve personal
reflection, capacity for insight, ability to examine strengths and challenges, recognition of
environmental influences, etc. and other actions undertaken as an individual.
 “A daily reminder to build my own will, skill and knowledge.”
 “Consciously make an effort to change language and grading techniques (as a teacher).”
COMMUNITY BUILDING/COMMUNITY ACTION. This category covers actions that
move beyond the level of the individual/private efforts and out into the community through
connection and engagement with others.
 “I’ve been doing this work… for 15 years and living it [but] I started dialoguing with white
folks more and trusting them more as a result of WPC for sure.”
 “Building accountable white anti-racist educators network.”
INSTITUTIONAL ACTION/SYSTEMIC CHANGE. This theme category addresses broader
action that affects or attempts to affect institutions, entire classes of organizations (e.g.,
schools), and systems, with their interrelated parts and contexts.
 “…we went back and hosted a lunch discussion with a huge group from the broader campus
community; since I graduated, they have continued building on the work….”
 “Organized a think tank of educators around social justice in global citizenship education.
Created framework now presented at approx. six conferences/year and offered in annual
workshops for teachers (prof development for k-12).”
Participants also noted the importance of “accountability partners” in the transfer of learning from
conference environment to home communities. This leads us to our accountability and action priorities
for WPC 17:
1. Continue to collect participants’ action and accountability examples;
2. Develop a model that supports your action efforts year-round, and builds on the importance of
WPC as an accountability partner;
3. Encourage reciprocity as an element of accountability; identify and engage in ways to give back
to the conference that brought us to this place!
Thanks for everything you do, all the time!
* This update was adapted from the WPC Accountability/Action Brief by Jody Alyn, Principal at Jody Alyn
Consulting, and Vanessa Roberts, Graduate Instructor and PhD Student, University of Colorado, 07.20.15.
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Youth Action Project
What is YAP?
The Youth Action Project will provide a safe and challenging space, geared toward youth of ALL ethnic
backgrounds, who are committed to understanding and dismantling white supremacy, white privilege,
and other forms of oppression.
What are YAP’s goals?...SNAP! (See, Name, Act, Proceed)
-Students will SEE and be fully aware of the multiple manifestations of white supremacy, white privilege
and other forms of oppression.
-Students will have the courage and confidence to NAME white supremacy, white privilege and other
forms of oppression.
-Students will ACT by taking effective, creative and urgent measures to dismantle white supremacy,
white privilege and other forms of oppression.
-Students will PROCEED as leaders, planting ongoing seeds of change in their communities.
YAP Core Facilitators: Jada Monica Drew, Wade Colwell-Sandoval, Rosetta Lee, Jeffery Cox, Pippi
Kessler, Anna Von Essen and Jazelyn Montanez; they are supported by Carrie Romo, Tiffany TaylorSmith and Ananda Mirilli
YAB (Youth Action Board): Adrian Chandler, Isiah Rosa, Jade Hodge-Pollard, Ambar Khawaja,
Julian (Jules) Franco, Maya Esberg and Maya Walfall
YAP Volunteer Facilitators: Bilal Taylor, Lizette Rodgers, Rena Joy Dunbar, Lean Ann Dunbar, Keira
Wilson, Nick Cream, Durryle Brooks and Benjamin Lundberg
Youth registered for the Youth Action Project will participate in the WPC Opening Ceremony, all
keynote speakers, a variety of activities, reflections, journaling, family groups, community groups and
ethnic and affinity groups, community circles, and film screenings. *Youth participants MUST attend
the entire YAP, Youth are not allowed to attend WPC workshops during the Youth Action
Thursday, April 14
8:00pm - 10:00pm
Friday, April 15
7:00am - 8:30am
Film Screenings - Suggested Film:
*Growing Up Trans (Salon D, Level 5)
YAP Registration:Youth will register in the designated YAP area at the
main conference registration (Franklin Foyer, Level 4)
8:30am - 10:30am
Keynotes: Jasiri X and Yusef Salaam
Chaperones bring youth to keynote and will sit with them. Upon the
conclusion of the keynote, chaperones will check-in youth at the YAP
desk, located outside of Salons A/B, on Level 5.
YAP Opening Ceremony
12:15pm - 1:00pm
YAP Check-Out
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Meet the Speakers, Book-Signing, YAP Poetry Slam and Reception for
WPC and YAP participants (Grand Ballroom)
9:00pm - 10:30pm
Film Screenings - Suggested Film:
*A Place in the Middle (Salon C, Level 5)
9:00pm - 11:00pm
Coffee House: 'Brewing' Conversation Space for Youth, hosted by the YAB
(Salons A/B)
Saturday, April 16
8:30am - 10:15am
Opening and Keynote: Jim Loewen followed by The Race Doctor
Chaperones bring youth to keynote, check-in at reserved YAP section
near the stage, youth sit with YAP
12:00pm - 12:30pm
YAP Check-Out
6:00pm - 7:15pm
Community Dinner and Networking (reservation required/additional cost)
7:30pm - 8:30pm
Comedy, Performances & Moore, all are welcome (Grand
8:30pm - 10:00pm
Film Screenings - Suggested Films:
* Tested (Salon I, Level 5)
*Jim Crow to Barack Obama (Salon J, Level 5)
9:30pm - 11:00pm
Coffee House: 'Brewing' Conversation Space for Youth, hosted by the YAB
(Salons A/B)
Sunday, April 17
9:00am - 11:30pm
Opening featuring youth spoken word, music and reflections
Keynote: Howard C. Stevenson
Chaperones bring youth to keynote, youth sit with YAP, on own the
remainder for the day to participate in the main conference
Youth attend Concurrent Workshops #5 - Suggested workshops:
*Racial Literacy Reflections: Youth Buffering Rejection through a Racial
Trauma Magazine
*Connecting Adult Allies in the struggle for Equity and Justice
*I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough?
*Nativism 101
*Hip Hop and White Privilege
Youth attend Concurrent Workshops #6 – Suggested workshops:
*Our Minds, Their Messages
* Decentering Whiteness and Building Multiracial Community
*But I’m an Ally!”: LGBTQ Youth, Intersectionality & White Privilege
*The Unwritten Rules of Success in U.S. Culture and the Connection to
Power & Privilege
*White Privilege and Implicit Bias: Dealing with Unconscious Stereotypes
and Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack
Follow YAP on Twitter: @OH_SNAP_YAP or on Instagram: oh_snap_yap
Like us on Facebook: Youth Action Project
A Free Educational “Board” Game by Kesa Kivel
Ages 14+ (teens and adults) • CCSS-Aligned • Free Curriculum
Racism and white privilege are addressed through critical thinking,
social analysis, and team-based discussion.
GAME PLAY: Players respond to “situation” cards that each describe a specific incident of racism,
then move their game markers on the game board toward the finish line.
PURPOSE: Players will become more aware that racism exists in many everyday situations (both
interpersonal and institutional), learn why the situations are racist (stereotyping, tokenism, cultural
appropriation, etc.), and acquire tools to interrupt these kinds of situations in order in order to help
create a more loving and just world
FREE GAME DOWNLOADS: The game is provided free of charge only by downloading it from the
website. PowerPoint, curriculum, and worksheets included. You will need to provide dice and sticky
notes (such as Post-its) to use as game markers.
“Fun, engaging, powerful, interesting, educational, emotional.” — Student player
“Although the game was developed for students, we have used it to train adults and students in our community
where – for most people – the idea of shedding colorblind practices and thinking about race more critically is a
brand new strategy. So far, we have trained 40 community members at our Road To Racial Justice Game nights
and the feedback from the participants has been incredible.”
— Tracey Robertson, Executive Director, Fit Oshkosh, Inc., Wisconsin
“…through playing the game I realized there’s a clear difference between my personal struggle [as a white
person] and the continual, widespread oppression of those who are targeted by racism.” — Student player
“Before observing a lesson on the “Road to Racial Justice,” I anticipated a class full of students that would be
unprepared, uninterested, and too timid to engage in the uncomfortable conversation of learning about race
beyond ‘Roots.’ What I saw almost made me cry…it was breathtaking. I saw Weber Middle School students
work hard to understand complicated subject matter, share their feelings, and talk candidly about racism, white
privilege, and discrimination as they played the game.”
— Matthew Swinson, Vice-Principal, Mark Weber Middle School, New York
“Challenging (in a good way).” — Student player
Thursday, April 14
♦ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm: 4th Annual Black Male Think Tank (Conference Room 310,
Level 3)
Advanced registration required.
This year’s BMTT will feature three keynote speakers:
*Bryant K. Smith, Human Potential Specialist, Smith Consulting and Networking
*Frederick Gooding, Jr., Assistant Professor, Northern Arizona University
*Yusef Salaam, President/CEO, YusefSpeaks
BMTT Organizing Team: Eddie Moore, Jr., Benny Vasquez, Russell March and Ray Williams
♦ 9:00 am – 5:30 pm: Institutes
Advanced registration required. Lunch is at leisure from 12:00 – 1:30 pm. Cards will be provided
to purchase lunch nearby.
1) The WPC Leadership Institute: Rootstrong & The Privilege Institute (Conference Room 309,
Level 3)
Eddie Moore, Jr., Joe-Joe McManus and Kecia Brown McManus
2) Navigating Triggering Events: Critical Competencies for Facilitating Difficult Dialogues on Race
and Racism (Franklin Hall 5, Level 4)
Kathy Obear and Tanya Williams
3) White on White: Communicating about Race and White Privilege Using Critical Humility (Salon I,
Level 5)
European-American Collaborative Challenging Whiteness
4) People of Color and Indigenous People Navigating WPC17 (Conference Room 502, Level 5)
Robin Parker, Pamela Smith Chambers and Jorge Zeballos
5) The National Constitution Center: An Exploration of the White Racial Frame (Salon J, Level 5)
Deborah Vermaat and Joyce Trotman-Jordan
6) White Women: Internalized Sexism and White Superiority (Franklin Hall 11, Level 4)
Tilman Smith and Ilsa Govan
7) Implementing the "Transforming White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity
Curriculum" (Franklin Hall 10, Level 5)
Shakti Butler, Maggie Potapchuk, Sally Leiderman and Stephanie Leiderman
8) Racial Justice As A Spiritual Imperative: Re-imagining the Power Of Our Deepest Knowing In
Our Racial Justice Work (Franklin Hall 9, Level 4)
Heather Hackman and Jamie Washington
9) Reimagining Equity and Justice in the United States through a Polarity Lens (Franklin Hall 6,
Level 4)
Beth Applegate
10) Good Limbic Food: On Being Together, Unfolding Our LGBTQ Sense of Self (Conference
Room 301, Level 3)
Stephanie Puentes, Jordon Johnson and Storme Lynn
11) Blackness, Whiteness, & Womynness: Embracing the Intersectionality of Race and Gender
Practice While Building Equitable and Just Relationships Toward Effective Anti-Racist (Salon K,
Level 5)
Orinthia Swindell and Natania Kremer
12) White Followership – Centering People of Color and Building Effective White Practices for
Racial Justice & Systemic Change (Franklin Hall 12, Level 4)
Jesse Villalobos and Lisa Albrecht
13) Advanced Facilitation Skills for Navigating Difficult Conversations About
Racism, White Privilege and Oppression (Salon L, Level 5)
Natalie J. Thoreson
14) YAP (Youth Action Project) Middle School Institute (Franklin Hall 7, Level 4) *The Middle
School Institute ends at 3:30 pm
15) YAP (Youth Action Project) High School Institute (Franklin Hall 8, Level 4) *The High School
Institute ends at 3:30 pm
♦ 8:00 – 10:00 pm: Film Screenings
1) The Last White Knight ● Director’s Series (Salon C, Level 5)
This film was inspired by an incident during the early 1960s when the director, Paul Saltzman,
journeyed to the Deep South as a civil rights worker to help with voter registration in. One of the
first days he was there he was assaulted by a group of young men led by Byron “Delay” De La
Beckwith, the son of the man convicted of killing civil rights activist Medgar Evers. Decades later,
Saltzman returns to the south to meet with Beckwith and see what, if anything, has changed in the
New South. He interviews a wide variety of people from Harry Belafonte, the celebrated singer
and civil rights activist, who recounts his own experiences during the voter registration drive; actor
Morgan Freeman; a top FBI official, who discuss the close links between the police and the Klan
during the period; to a group of kids from different races who are best friends; and a trio of
dedicated, unregenerate Klansmen.
Facilitator: Paul Saltzman, Director
2) Growing Up Trans ● Closed Captioned (Salon D, Level 5)
Just a generation ago, it was adults, not kids, who changed genders. But today, many children are
transitioning, too -- with new medical options, and at younger and younger ages. In Growing Up
Trans, FRONTLINE takes viewers on an intimate and eye-opening journey inside the struggles
and choices facing transgender kids and their families.
Facilitator: Natalie J. Thoreson
Director’s Series denotes that the film’s director will be in attendance and leading the
Growing Leaders to Build Change
Tzedek Social Justice Residency
A group of young adults selected as Tzedek Residents that
are paid a living wage to engage in full–time, yearlong work
and trainings
Prioritize connections of race, ethnicity, class, spirituality,
gender, and sexuality
Develop leadership potential and essential, transferable skills
Email: [email protected]
Applications Accepted April 1st—May 31st
Residency Positions at:
Asheville Jewish Community Center, Campaign for Southern Equality,
Center for Diversity Education at Univerity of North Carolina at
Asheville, Center for Gender and Relationships at Warren Wilson
College, Green Opportunities, Spirit In Action, Our Voice, and Center
for Participatory Change
“The Tzedek Residency is the
perfect opportunity for personal and
professional growth. With most of
our time spent as staff at amazing
organizations in Asheville, and the
rest of our time spent working and
learning together as a cohort, each
second is a chance to develop
is willing to invest in you along the
—Former Tzedek Resident
of Cohort 2014-2015
Friday, April 15
♦ 8:30 – 9:00 am: Opening Ceremonies and Announcements (Grand Ballroom,
Level 5)
♦ 9:00 – 10:30 am: Keynote (Grand Ballroom)
Jasiri X and Yusef Salaam: America’s Most Wanted: Hip Hop, The Media, and
Mass Incarceration
America’s Most Wanted: Hip Hop, The Media, and Mass Incarceration is an in depth discussion
regarding the negative imagery prominent in current Rap music and probes who is responsible for
shaping the negative narrative that dominates the genre. This keynote further analyses the direct
connection between the contrary images of young men of color and the inordinate proportion of the
same demographic fueling the prison industrial complex.
Emcee and community activist Jasiri X is the creative force and artist behind the ground breaking
internet news series, This Week with Jasiri X, which has garnered critical acclaim, thousands of
subscribers, and millions of internet views. A six time Pittsburgh Hip-Hop Award winner, Jasiri X is
the first Hip-Hop artist to receive the coveted August Wilson Center for African American Culture
Fellowship. A founding member of the anti-violence group One Hood, Jasiri X recently started the
New Media Academy to teach young African-American boys how to analyze and create media for
Salaam was 15 years old he was railroaded through New York’s criminal justice system, and spent
7 years in prison for a crime he was innocent of. In 2002, Salaam and four of his cohorts, known as
the Central Park Five, were fully exonerated of the crimes they served time for. Since his release,
Salaam has committed himself to educating people on the mass incarceration, police brutality,
false confessions, press bias, and the disparities in America’s criminal justice system.
Special Performance from 1Hood Media
This morning’s keynote will also feature an original Hip Hop performance meshing lyricism, spoken
word, and a cappella joints to provide a through, yet entertaining synopsis of events impacting the
world. 1Hood Media is a collective of socially conscious Hip Hop artists and activists who utilize
Hip Hop as a means of raising awareness around issues effecting oppressed people around the
♦ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Concurrent Workshops #1
Approximately 125 workshops are being offered this year at WPC17. Workshop descriptions begin
on page 35. Please refer to the workshop insert for specific workshop times and locations.
♦ 12:30 – 2:30 pm: Lunch at Leisure (card provided to use at the Reading Terminal Market,
see General Information for details)
♦ 2:30 – 3:30 pm: Keynote (Grand Ballroom)
Vernā Myers: What If I Say The Wrong Thing? Interrupting Bias in Ourselves
and Others
Every day in the media we see people “stepping in it”- trying to explain how some offensive thing
they did or said wasn’t meant to be racist or disrespectful of a group of people. Even in meetings,
at work, in the classroom and around the dining room table things get said or done that cause
great pain, confusion, and disengagement. Some of us blunder forward, but many more of us
withdraw from interacting across race and other differences, fearing we will make a mistake. This
paralysis makes it hard for us to work in diverse teams and live in diverse communities. In this
provocative and instructive Keynote, Myers will help the audience learn not only how to address
the verbal, written missteps and negative actions of others, but what to do if they “step in it”
themselves. This is a must heard Keynote for any person who is in a position where they can lead
by example, even if they “stepped in it” themselves.
Myers, Esq., is Founder and President of The Vernā Myers Company. She is on a personal
mission to disrupt the status quo and she knows how to: she’s lived it. Author of the best-selling
books Moving Diversity Forward: How to Move From Well-Meaning to Well-Doing and What If I
Say the Wrong Thing? 25 Habits for Culturally Effective People, Myers has touched over
1,000,000 people through her speeches, appearances and transformative message of power and
possibility. For the last two decades, Myers and her team of consultants have helped eradicate
barriers of race, gender, ethnicity and sexual orientation at elite international law firms, Wall Street
powerhouses, and the 10,000 member Fire Department of New York, with the aim of establishing a
new, more productive and just status quo.
♦ 4:00 – 5:30 pm: Concurrent Workshops #2
♦ 5:45 – 7:15 pm: Caucus Time
1) People of Color/Indigenous Caucus (Salon C/D, Level 5)
2) Bi-Racial/Mixed Heritage Caucus (Salon J, Level 5)
3) White/Anti-Racist Caucus (Franklin 6/7/8/9, Level 4)
4) Need a Good Listener? (Conference Suite III, Level 3)
♦ 7:30 – 9:00 pm: Meet the Speakers, Book-Signing, YAP Poetry Slam and
Reception (Grand Ballroom)
Join us for this FREE, informal event. Light refreshments will be served. Meet conference
speakers, discuss their work, and have your books signed. Books will be available for purchase. All
shapes, sizes, styles and ages are invited to attend this event; hosted by YAP organizers Jada
Monica Drew and Wade Colwell-Sandoval.
♦ 9:00 – 10:30 pm: Film Screenings
1) The Empathy Gap: Masculinity and the Courage to Change ● This film showing is 2
hours ● Director’s Series ● Closed Caption (Salon I, Level 5)
In The Bro Code and Generation M, Thomas Keith examined how U.S. culture bombards young
men with sexist and misogynistic messages. This film looks more closely at the ways these
messages short-circuit men's ability to empathize with women, respect them as equals, and take
feminism seriously. The film explores some of the key messages about manhood – that they
should acquire material wealth, meet conflict with aggression, harden themselves, suppress all
human emotion except anger, and view women primarily as sexual objects – then argues that
these messages not only devalue women but also undercut men’s innate capacity for caring and
Facilitator: Thomas Keith, Director
2) Film Shorts from Producer/Writer William H.Smith ● Director’s Series (Salon J)
Featuring Film Shorts from the following films by Producer/Writer William H. Smith, Ed. D.
Two Stories of Freedom: The stories of William Winter who braved a double self-emancipation and
became an honored and widely respected citizen in the small Connecticut town of Deep River and
a second story by Ka-le, a young Mende boy who was aboard the Amistad during its bold liberation
from captives. The Maggie Lena Walker Story: The Maggie Lena Walker Story is about America’s
first female bank president, an African American. Race Amity: America’s Other Tradition: Race
Amity: America’s Other Tradition is a historical look at the origin of the socio-historical thesis of The
Other Tradition of close cross cultural collaboration. TISUV: Modules from the award winning PBS
documentary The Invisible Soldiers: Unheard Voice.
Facilitator: William H. Smith, Director
3) 9-Man: A Streetball battle in the heart of Chinatown ● Director’s Series ● Closed
Captioned (Salon K, Level 5)
9-MAN uncovers an isolated and unique streetball tournament played by Chinese-Americans in the
heart of Chinatowns across the USA and Canada. Largely undiscovered by the mainstream, the
game is a gritty, athletic, chaotic urban treasure traditionally played in parking lots and back alleys.
A 9-Man tournament grew in the 1930’s, at a time when anti-Chinese sentiment and laws forced
restaurant workers and laundrymen to socialize exclusively amongst themselves. Today it’s a
lasting connection to Chinatown for a dynamic community of men who know a different, more
integrated world, but still fight to maintain autonomy and tradition.
Facilitator: Ursula Liang, Director
4) A Place in the Middle (Salon C, Level 5)
This documentary tells the story of a young Hawaiian girl who dreams of leading her school’s boysonly hula troupe, and an inspiring teacher who uses traditional culture to empower her. This award
winning PBS film is at the heart of a bullying prevention and gender diversity campaign based on
the true meaning of aloha- love, honor and respect for all.
Facilitator: Sydney Pollack
5) The Cherokee Word for Water (Salon D, Level 5)
This feature-length motion picture tells the story of the work that led Wilma Mankiller to become the
first modern woman Chief of the Cherokee Nation. The movie is based on the true story of the Bell
Waterline Project. Set in the early 1908s in the homes of a rural Oklahoma Cherokee community
where many houses lack running water and others are little more than shacks. After centuries of
being dehumanized and dispossessed of their land and identity, the people no longer feel they
have power or control over their lives or future.
Facilitators: Robert Amico and Lance Kelley
Director’s Series denotes that the film’s director will be in attendance and leading the
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Saturday, April 16
♦ 6:30 – 7:15 am: Optional Walkin,’ Talkin’ and Moore with Founder (Meet in the
Marriott’s Lobby at 6:30 am)
See General Information for details
♦ 8:30 – 9:00 am: Opening Ceremonies and Announcements (Grand Ballroom)
♦ 9:00 – 10:00 am: Keynote (Grand Ballroom)
Jim Loewen: The Most Important Era in U.S. History You Never Heard of and
Why It’s Still Important Today
Loewen will try to show how a little-known period in our past still distorts our thinking today, even
the thinking of anti-racist whites and people of color. He will then set the record straight about this
era, showing how it has ties into the need for BLM, for the ongoing anti-Confederate
flag/monument movement, the "outing" of sundown towns, and ongoing efforts to correct the lies
and distortions in high-school history textbooks.
Loewen is a sociologist who spent two years at the Smithsonian surveying twelve leading high
school textbooks of American history only to find an embarrassing blend of bland optimism, blind
nationalism, and plain misinformation, weighing in at an average of 888 pages and almost five
pounds. He is a best-selling author who wrote Lies My Teacher Told Me: Everything Your High
School History Textbook Got Wrong and Lies Across America: What Our Historic Sites Get Wrong.
Loewen is a researcher who discovered that many, and in many states most communities were
"Sundown Towns" that kept out blacks (and sometimes other groups) for decades. (Some still do.)
He is an educator who attended Carleton College, holds the Ph.D. in sociology from Harvard
University, and taught race relations for twenty years at the University of Vermont.
♦ 10:00 – 10:30 am: Year in Review: The Race Doctor (Grand Ballroom)
♦ 11:00 am – 12:30 pm: Concurrent Workshops #3
♦ 12:30 – 2:00 pm: Lunch at Leisure (card provided to use at the Reading Terminal Market,
see General Information for details)
♦ 2:00 – 3:30 pm: Action Planning and Concurrent Workshops #4
WPC has committed to becoming a “community of action”. Our goal is that every participant will
take our conference learning beyond the walls of our program classrooms and back into our own
home environments by way of meaningful action.
To do this, each conference program of the WPC should ultimately have an intentional action
component. Our goal is to weave accountability programs and processes throughout the
conference itself. In addition, conference workshops will also occur during this time, refer to your
insert for a list of these concurrent workshops.
1. College Students and Youth Accountability Session (Conference Room 405)
Facilitators: Rachel Samuels and Jacqueline Mack
The College Student and Youth Accountability Session creates a space for post-high school
students to discuss and plan how they can continue to raise awareness about privilege and
oppression on their campuses or in their communities. The session will brainstorm methods of
communication and commitment to social justice work among people within a common age group.
2. White People Taking Action for Racial Justice (Conference Room 403)
Facilitator: Dara Silverman
Join SURJ: Showing up for Racial Justice to plan together how to take what you learn at the WPC
and bring it into your life back in the world. SURJ works with 150+ local groups and numerous
national networks to move white people from talk into action for racial justice. We will share our
accountability model and actions that our members will be taking in the coming months. We will
help you create your plans for action moving forward, consider the importance of identifying the
mutual stake we have in ending racism and build in ways to stay connected with the WPC and
SURJ through the coming year.
3. Accountability 101 (Conference Room 406)
Facilitators: Lila Cabbil and Jody Alyn
Recent media coverage of the Flint water crisis points to horrific levels of racism that continue to
impact the lives of people based on the color of their skin. However, the backstory is rarely told.
How do we seize opportunities to be accountable for truth about, and change toward, racial equity?
This interactive workshop will explore what accountability means to you on three levels: personal,
institutional and cultural/structural. Lila will use illustrative examples from her work in Flint and
Detroit. Participants will have an opportunity to share personal stories and draft their own plan
for accountability. We will also share results from last year’s study of accountability and action
plans by previous WPC participants, and then make our plan to stay in touch and support your
actions throughout the year.
4. Regional WPC Symposium Action & Accountability Planning (Conference Room 407)
This session is an opportunity to learn Moore about an opportunity for individual, institutional and
systemic action and accountability. The White Privilege Symposium (WPS) team leaders, including
Philly, the Bay Area, NYC, Boston and Canada join the session to discuss the successes and
challenges of hosting the WPS. This session is open to anyone interested in bringing the one-day
WPC experience to your community/region as part of an action and accountability plan. Come to
this session ready to learn Moore about moving from conference to action individually and
♦ 3:45 – 5:15 pm: Caucus Time
1) People of Color/Indigenous Caucus (Salon C/D, Level 5)
2) Bi-Racial/Mixed Heritage Caucus (Salon J, Level 5)
3) White/Anti-Racist Caucus (Conference Room 415 for those new to caucus. Returning to caucus;
please go to the previously-assigned caucus room)
4) Need a Good Listener? (Conference Suite III, Level 3)
♦ 6:00 – 7:15 pm: Community Dinner and Networking (Grand Ballroom)
Advanced registration required.
♦ 7:30 – 8:30 pm: Comedy, Performances and Moore (Grand Ballroom)
Everyone is welcome to attend this evening’s performance. This is a performance that will feature
music, spoken word, comedy and Moore. You don't want to miss it!
♦ 8:30 – 10:00 pm: Film Screenings
1) Tested ● Director’s Series (Salon I, Level 5)
The gap in opportunities for different races in the U.S. remains extreme. Nowhere is this more
evident that the nation’s top public schools. In New York City, where blacks and Hispanics make
up 70% of the city’s school-age population, they represent less than 5% at the city’s most elite
public high schools. This documentary follows a dozen racially and socio-economically diverse 8th
graders as they fight for a seat at one of these schools. There only way in: to ace a single
standardized test. Tested explores such issues as access to a high-quality public education,
affirmative action and the model-minority myth.
Facilitator: Curtis Chin, Director
2) Jim Crow to Barack Obama ● Director’s Series (Salon J, Level 5)
This video documentary engages in an intergenerational exploration of how we – our families,
communities and ourselves- make history and how we have the right and responsibility to claim
this history and preserve it. The film chronicles the Jim Crow Era, the Civil Rights Era and now the
Obama Era by giving platform to our Elders and our Youth; two groups whose voices are often
overlooked. There are stark differences between the two generations. Yet, racism and white
supremacy has continued throughout the 20th century and into the 21st and the Youth’s
experiences of discrimination echo those of the Elders.
Facilitators: Denise Ward-Brown, Director
3) You Belong to Me: Sex, Race and Murder in the South (Salon K, Level 5)
The You Belong To Me Documentary tells the 1952 story of Ruby McCollum, an African American
woman who killed a prominent white doctor in Live Oak, Florida and the remarkable secrets and
terrible truths revealed during her trial and incarceration. Her case haunted jurors and prosecutors
for decades. Ruby McCollum was the wealthiest black woman in Suwannee County, Florida. Her
husband, Sam, ran the local Bolita numbers racket. Was Ruby insane or was the killing of Dr.
Clifford Leroy Adams the last sane act of a woman whose wealth and status could not protect her
from the blind indifference and humiliations of the Jim Crow South?
Facilitator: Ruth Thompson-Miller
4) Fixed: The Science/Fiction of Human Enhancement ● Closed Captioned (Salon C, Level 5)
From bionic limbs and neural implants to prenatal screening, researchers around the world are
hard at work developing a myriad of technologies to fix or enhance the human body. This
film takes a close look at the drive to be “better than human” and the radical technological
innovations that may take us there. What does “disabled” mean when a man with no legs can run
faster than most people in the world? What does “normal” mean when cosmetic surgery
procedures have risen over 450% percent in the last fifteen years and increasing numbers of
people turn to “smart drugs” every day to get ahead at school or work?
Facilitator: Lori Dowds
Director’s Series denotes that the film’s director will be in attendance and leading the
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Sunday, April 17
♦ 6:30 – 7:15 am: Optional Walkin,’ Talkin’ and Moore with Founder (Meet in the
Marriott’s Lobby at 6:30 am)
♦ 9:00 – 10:30 am: Opening Ceremonies featuring High School Youth, Spoken
Word, Music, Reflections and Moore (Grand Ballroom)
♦ 10:30 – 11:30 am: Keynote (Grand Ballroom)
Stevenson, Howard C.: Healthy Racial Comeback Lines: Rejecting Stressful
Racial Microaggressions in Face-to-Face Encounters
Dr. Stevenson will discuss the role of racial literacy when individuals and groups are confronted by
unpredictable racial micro-aggressions in face-to-face (FTF) encounters. These are some of the
most distressful racial moments that we often find ourselves unprepared to manage. This lack of
preparation intensifies these moments leading many to shut down, become silent, or make
statements that are offensive or not well thought through. Healthy racial comeback lines are
designed to emotionally and behaviorally prepare participants to respond to the in the moment
social and racial rejection.
Stevenson, Jr., Ph.D. is a Professor of Education and Africana Studies at the University of
Pennsylvania, in the Applied Psychology and Human Development Division at the Graduate
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interventions to promote racial literacy and coping strategies linked to emotional and academic
well-being for youth and their families.
♦ 11:30 – 1:00 pm: Lunch at Leisure (card provided to use at the Reading Terminal Market,
see General Information for details)
♦ 1:00 – 6:00 pm: Half-day Institutes (Advanced Registration Required). If you wish to
attend an institute, stop by the Information Booth to register) Sunday only institute participants
should check-in between 8:30-10:30am.
1) Let Freedom Ring: Reclaiming and Freeing the Indigenous Self to Live in Whole Ways
(Conference Room 301)
Storme Lynn and J.R. Reynolds
2) Re-imagining Education (Early Childhood through Adults): Stories We Tell, Actions We Take
(Conference Room 302)
Susan Fleming, Theressa Lenear, Noah Bowman and Anjela Burns
3) Where are all the White People (Conference Room 303)
Erin Healy and SURJ (Showing Up for Racial Justice)
4) Self-Care and Healing as Change Agents (Conference Room 304)
Kathy Obear
5) Seeking a Path to Freedom: A Process of Liberation from Internalized Racism (Conference
Room 305)
a Path to Freedom: A Process of Liberation from Internalized Racism (Conference
Room 305)
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White Privilege Symposiums: Challenging. Informative. Action Oriented. Save the dates;
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The Knapsack Institute: Transforming Teaching & Learning: Join us for this Matrix Center
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workshops, and organizations. We invite all educators to join us for three intensive days in an
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Journal: Understanding and Dismantling Privilege: The official journal of the WPC,
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The 18th Annual White Privilege Conference: WPC18 will be in Kansas City, Missouri.
Please carefully consider the level of workshops you choose to attend.
These workshops are appropriate for individuals who have little or no knowledge about privilege,
anti-racism, oppression, and intercultural issues. These workshops stress fundamental concepts
and approaches, and offer participants time to grapple with this new information in a supportive
environment. Individuals who have just begun to learn about privilege, racism and other
intercultural issues, and who are first-time participants at the White Privilege Conference are the
target audience for beginner workshops.
These workshops are appropriate for individuals who have a working knowledge of privilege, antiracism, oppression, and intercultural issues. These workshops stress the interconnection between
fundamental concepts and new knowledge, techniques, methodologies, and skills. Individuals who
are seeking to discover what to do with their new knowledge about privilege; racism, etc. are the
target audience for intermediate workshops.
These workshops are appropriate for individuals who are educators, facilitators, practitioners and
leaders in areas of cultural diversity, and who have a highly developed understanding of privilege,
anti-racism, oppression, and intercultural issues. These workshops offer ways in which advanced
participants can deepen their knowledge through high impact experiential activities and
acquaintance with new theories. Also, these workshops offer advanced practitioners ways to
share insights, refine their knowledge, and sharpen their already-developed skills.
This year, WPC will offer approximately 125 workshops facilitated by over 230 presenters. The
workshops are listed in alphabetical order. Refer to the workshop insert to find the day and time for
the workshop you are interested in attending.
“________” People Don’t go Outdoors! (All Levels)
Facilitator: Aaron Gilbert
Have you ever considered how your identity might impact how you feel about your connection to
nature? During this workshop, we will practice a few simple sharing activities which Bay Area
Wilderness Training uses to help people reflect on their different identities and their connection to
nature and the environment. The goal of these activities are to stimulate thoughts and
considerations about how to create more inclusive and culturally relevant outdoor experiences.
Helping people feel and notice their connections to the environment is a critical aspect to fighting
for social and environmental justice.
4 Solutions for Common Exclusive School Traditions (All Levels)
Facilitator: Hekymara Tanynya
As a parent, student, teacher or administrator, have you ever felt that certain class projects and/or
school traditions are uncomfortable and exclusive in nature? Have you been unable to figure out
how to start a conversation to implement examination of and/or change the tradition? Have you
struggled with what project modifications could be made to create an inclusive project or tradition?
This workshop will present and explore four solutions to commonly practiced projects and school
behaviors as we continue the work of creating more equitable and inclusive school environments.
19 Questions: Reimagining the Q & A format for democracy, freedom, and equitable powersharing (All Levels)
Facilitators: Jondou Chen, Gail Cruise-Roberson, Emmy Howe, Emily Style and Daniel
Members of the SEED staff will demonstrate a reimagined Question and Answer technique that
radically democratizes agenda-setting, expertise, and talking time. We will begin by
collecting 19 questions from the audience based on their own concerns and experiences in matters
of liberation, equity, and justice in relation to white privilege and white supremacy. After this, both
the presenters and audience members will respond to each of the 19 questions in turn.
A Conversation about Activist Burnout, Racial Battle Fatigue, and the ‘Culture of
Martyrdom’ in Racial Justice Work (All Levels)
Facilitator: Paul C. Gorski
Have you ever felt so exhausted, so emotionally spent, over an extended period of time due to the
stressors of social justice activism that you had to draw back on your activism, at least temporarily?
You’re not alone. Gorski has been interviewing social justice activists for the past two years about
their experiences with activist burnout and secondary traumatic stress. The most devastating
lesson from these interviews is that in most cases burnout is not caused by resistance against
racial justice work, but instead by in-fighting, oppressive conditions, and manifestations of white
privilege and male privilege within social justice movements. In this session, Gorski will spend a
brief time sharing what was learned, then open up a conversation about how we, as activists, can
strengthen the sustainability of our movements by supporting the sustainability of one another.
A Conversation on Connecting Communities on College Campuses (All Levels)
Facilitator: Rachel Samuels
Join college-junior Rachel Samuels in a workshop and discussion that highlights the actions taken
by various underrepresented communities within what should be one of the most progressive
universities in the country: Stanford. What kinds of social justice challenges do college students
face? What events of last year spurred activism on campus? What kinds of privilege awareness
programs exist at Stanford? How can we move forward, and why should we bother? Come
prepared to share ideas and listen to peers! Recommended especially for youth and anyone
involved in educational institutions. *Check out the College/Youth Accountability Session as well!*
A Discussion of the Prospectus “Towards E Pluribus Unum – A PRIMER ON RACE AMITY –
America’s Other Tradition.” (All Levels)
Facilitators: Richard W. Thomas and William H. “Smitty” Smith
The presenters will share from the Prospectus Towards E Pluribus Unum – A Primer on Race
Amity – America’s Other Tradition. The prospectus gives historical seating for advances in
American race relations that helped give voice, form, and action to access and equity in American
race relations. The publication will accompany the film, An American Story: Race Amity and The
Other Tradition, which is in production for public television. The presenters will discuss their shared
personal history in race relations since the mid- 1960s that led them to collaborate on the book and
film project. They will discuss how they developed the various historical themes that will compose
both the book and the film.
Active Listening: An Everyday Tool for Fighting White Supremacy (All Levels)
Facilitator: Pippi Kessler
As we commit to making systemic and community level change, it can still be challenging to
incorporate social justice principles into our everyday lives. To reimagine a world with "equity" and
"justice" we need to know concrete tools that actively communicate those abstract ideas. At this
workshop, you'll learn concrete verbal and non-verbal techniques that work immediately to address
power differentials within groups and improve one-on-one communication. In addition to teaching
active listening strategies that communicate respect, we will also talk specifically about how
systemic power can be coded into casual speech and interaction. Taking into account the ways in
which privileged (e.g. white or class-privileged) experience is universalized in our culture, we will
help participants to practice open, conscientious habits for starting conversations across identity
groups and fighting back against oppressive socialization. Whether you are a teacher, student, or
activist, you’ll learn how to improve your effectiveness by communicating to others that you value
them as human beings, a central task of building strong relationships and equitable communities.
Adding a De-colgonizing Lens to Expand our Vision of Racial Equity and Social Justice
Facilitators: Natasha Aruliah, Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, Diane Goodman, Sally Leiderman,
Emily Morrison and Maggie Potapchuk
Too often in fighting for racial equity and justice in the US, Native, Indigenous people are excluded
from the picture, or are an asterisk and a footnote. Although impacted by racism and a long history
of systemic oppression, theirs is a different story. This session explores how including a lens of
decolonization in our discussions of whiteness, power and privilege can deepen our work for
equity, justice and freedom for all. We will consider questions such as– What is a decolonizing
lens and why is integrating such a lens critical at this point in history? What is settler privilege and
how are sovereignty, tradition and cultural continuity related? How can we hold multiple histories of
slavery and colonization in fighting racism and whiteness? How can integrating a decolonizing
lens, upholding the rich traditions of Indigenous peoples worldwide move us closer to re-imagining
and actualizing equity and justice? Workshop will include international perspectives, particularly
from our neighbors in Canada, to explore what we can learn from Indigenous peoples’ struggle
After the Spotlight Fades: How to Keep the Momentum for Change Going
Facilitator: Shakti Butler
Across the country, college and university administrations are waking up to the fact that their
campuses are not all one big happy family, that even apart from blatantly racist incidents, there are
deeply rooted problems of inequity. Some universities are responding by establishing a “diversity
committee”; others by providing a few more dollars to the already existing equity and inclusion
departments; some will invite speakers and run symposia; others will investigate “incidents” and
make policy recommendations. No administration wants to be the next the University of Missouri
or Claremont College. No doubt some good will come of all this, but just as inevitably, the spotlight
on racial inequity will fade, and attention and resources will be diverted to other issues. This
workshop will use racial equity learning module components (REL) and film clips to explore
strategies and practices that can build momentum for change. Topics will include overviews of:
revisioning equity through strategic or power analysis, how to identify and frame issues for the
media, techniques that will make students and faculty more effective organizers and how to use
film to generate authentic dialogue that continues and grows the ‘congregation’.
An Experiential Activity for Identifying and Addressing White Supremacy (Intermediate)
Facilitators: Krista M. Malott and Tina R. Paone
Participants will get active in identifying and addressing common environmental indignities that
represent White supremacy and that sustain inequity in our work and community settings. Not all
is as it seems—we will examine/explore issues of White supremacy, as well as discuss and
discern actions that are misinterpreted by some as oppressive. Solutions will be developed through
a collaborative dialogue, while providing audience members concrete methods that can make a
difference when they leave this session.
An Organizing Approach to Helping White Anti-Racists Move Other White Folks Against
Racism (All Levels)
Facilitator: Joe Fahey
White people play a central role in perpetuating racism. White people also have the potential to
become a consistent and powerful force to end racism in all of its manifestations. This workshop,
led by a white, longtime union and community organizer, helps white people face the enormity of
racism without the defensiveness and guilt that can keep us frozen and silent. In this interactive
workshop, Joe offers an organizing approach and tools for talking and listening to people, and
moving them forward. Participants will share personal experiences, thoughts, and feelings about
racism. We will think about white people in our lives and ways to begin conversations about
racism with them. We will brainstorm actions we can take to challenge racism in everyday
situations. And finally, we will plan next steps to apply these tools in our lives.
At the Crossroad: Engaging Sexuality and Religion (Beginner/Intermediate)
Facilitator: Sam Offer
Do you struggle with the complexity of sexuality and religion? Does being gay or an ally conflict
with your beliefs? Do you feel like you have to choose one or the other? Are you wondering how to
reconcile the intersections of Sexuality and Religion? This interactive session will help participants
to engage these difficult questions. Through introspection and dialogue, participants will move
forward toward healing and reconciliation.
Birth of a White Nation: The Invention of the White People and its Relevance Today
Facilitator: Jacqueline Battalora
This session is a repeat performance of a previous WPC keynote that explores when, where, how,
and why the human category "white" was invented. What explains the shift from a social order that
depended upon men's economic status to one that is organized first by race? This legal history is
followed by small group work during which we will explore links between original historical
meanings of whiteness and current social problems such as the production of a disenfranchised
underclass through mass incarceration, police use of deadly force, and more. We will move from
linking the past to the present into imagining a society without white privilege by using a sharp
focus on white superiority as a tool toward liberation, a resource to advance greater equity, as a
lens to bring other possibilities into view.
Building Anti Racist Schools: Talking about Race and Racism with Students Session (All
Facilitators: Benny Vasquez and Laura Shmishkiss
Building Anti-Racist Schools: Talking about Race and Racism with Students From the classrooms
of South Carolina to the streets of our cities across the country, last year has presented us with
countless examples of racism, structural racism, white supremacy and oppression. Talking about
Race with Students engages participants in a discussion of the manifestation of racism within our
own schools, how students come to experience race and racism, and what tools we can use to
address and foster a critical dialogue with our student. We will use interactive theatre and critical
pedagogy to collectively discuss race’s role in the lives of students, share experiences of
significant moments with students, and develop strategies for confidently entering into
conversations about race in our schools and continuing to build anti-racist educational institutions.
Building Your Toolkit to Advance Educational Equity (Intermediate)
Facilitators: Henaz Bhatt, Michael Buensuceso, Glenn Cassidy and Jonathan Zur
K-12 schools in this country were not created to serve all students, and the residue of that legacy
of white supremacy persists today in disparate experiences and outcomes along lines of race,
class, national origin, and more. As a result, educators and educational stakeholders must work in
strategic and comprehensive ways to create equitable and inclusive schools. This highly
interactive workshop will engage participants in interrogating and overcoming privilege in several
facets of school life, including curriculum, parent/family engagement, school climate, and
professional development. Participants will leave with greater self-awareness around their roles as
change-agents, and they will obtain practical, tangible ideas and resources that can be used to
advance educational equity.
“But I’m an Ally!”: LGBTQ Youth, Intersectionality & White Privilege (All Levels)
Facilitator: Johanna Eager
Everyone is rushing to be "intersectional"—but what does this mean with regard to the LGBTQ
youth that we serve in our K-12 schools? This workshop will help youth-serving professionals
unpack how white privilege and white supremacy limit our ability to be effective allies to LGBTQ
youth, in particular, LGBTQ youth of color. Participants will have the opportunity to explore
how socialization related to privileged identities of race, gender, and/or sexual orientation have an
impact on understanding who LGBTQ youth are and what it is they're facing. The workshop will
close exploring what it means to be an effective ally when serving LGBTQ youth in K-12 schools.
Campus Unrest: Re-Imagining Equity and Justice on a Mostly White Campus (All Levels)
Facilitators: Lance Kelley and Andy Tigert, with special guest Eddie Moore, Jr.
Starting in 2014, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College began requiring a cultural awareness
training for all staff & instructors. NWTC is located in Green Bay, WI, a traditionally white
community with a majority white student body and faculty. The training requirement corresponds to
the College’s strategic goals to reduce the achievement gap between white and nonwhite students
and to increase diverse employees. Kelley and Tigert are Social Science instructors at NWTC and
have developed and facilitated most of the offerings. Eddie Moore, Jr. joined in a panel one day.
These are their stories
Can Experiences Abroad Prepare People of Color to Disrupt White Supremacy? Examining
the Study Abroad Experience as a Tool to Combat Structural Racism (Beginner)
Facilitator: Janelle Nicole Rahyns
The ideology of American racism is infused in US culture. As technology and globalization allow for
record breaking opportunities of international access and education for college students, study
abroad offers an opportunity for students of color to engage in an environment not riddled with
American racism. Study abroad is a transformative experience that challenge racial and identity
stereotypes. Critical Race Theory acknowledges the systemic impact of race and racism on the
experiences of people of color in American society and understanding racism is central in
understanding students of color experiences in the educational system. CRT provides an analytical
lens to understanding and challenging power structures that benefit and perpetuate white privilege
or supremacy in the United States and this workshop will unpack and discuss the idea that due to
the study abroad experience, students can be equipped with an effective tool to prepare them to
challenge white privilege and white supremacy.
Challenging White Ashkenazi Dominance Among Jews in the U.S. & Re-imagining Equity
and Justice for Palestinians (Intermediate)
Facilitators: Penny Rosenwasser and Lisa Albrecht
In a joint struggle to end the Israeli occupation and gain equal rights and justice for Palestinians -and in support of this year’s conference theme, Let Freedom Ring—Re-Imagining Equity and
Justice in the United States, this interactive workshop will address the challenge of various
progressive white Ashkenazi Jews in the U.S. today: to fight racism and injustice against Mizrahi &
Sephardic Jews, Jews from Africa & Asia, multi-ethnic and Jews of Color within our organizations –
as we continue to build effective solidarity with Palestinians, in the U.S. and in Palestine/Israel.
Changing a Nation: Nelson Mandela’s struggle over white domination and the meaning of
his legacy for America today
Facilitator: Dolana Mogadime
The teaching and learning possibilities for incorporating Nelson Mandela’s life and work into our
daily practices as educators are limitless - from poetry readings to learning about protest through
posters to screening documentary clips on Mandela’s life and contributions to society. It is also
incredible to learn that leaders of today across the spectrum from thought leaders to cultural
leaders to political leaders (such as Barrack Obama) gained their social and political awakening
through participating on campaigns fighting against racism and oppression in South Africa. We
have reason for teaching and spreading the legacy of Nelson Mandela and his struggle over white
domination to both inspire and create intergenerational knowledge about social transformation as
an outcome of coalition building. The Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory and Google Technology
collaborated in developing a digital archive that is an extremely useful teaching tool for
understanding the impact of Nelson Mandela’s life on the world. Students can visit to: Examine the
Madiba moments featured and the impact Mandela has had on the human spirit and imagination;
in viewing this material we can ask ourselves, “What do these Madiba moments hold for me and
for us all?” Or, “What new narratives (stories can we tell ourselves as a result of witnessing ‘this
moment with a Legend?)” We all have our own unique way of processing Mandela’s impact on
ourselves and the world. We will dialogue, record and document our reflections on the meaning of
his life to us personally and the work that we do in our communities.
Combating White Supremacy in the Classroom (Beginner/Intermediate)
Facilitators: Jenna Chandler-Ward and Alethea White
This workshop will delve into the intersection of racial Identity development for teachers and
intentional multicultural curriculum. The better we understand our own racial identity as educators,
the more able we are to critically analyze curriculum and teaching methods that support a white
supremacist pedagogy. Connecting theory with practice, this workshop will offer tools for both
personal exploration as well as resources in creating equitable curriculum that celebrates and
demonstrates a pluralistic society.
Completely Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack: The Liabilities of White Privilege
How White Privilege Hurts White People (Intermediate/Advanced)
Facilitators: Michelle Chalmers and Katrina Fludd
This workshop will offer an opportunity to dig deeper into our own invisible knapsack of white
privilege. Participants will be asked to reflect and examine white privilege as a personal liability
that affects understanding our own humanity and our human connections. Get ready to dive
deeper into the concept of white privilege, past the unearned advantages and examine the
harm privilege does to the people who have it. The goal is to enable white people to see it is
something we need to work against to restore our humanity and everyone else’s too. If we are to
truly fight for freedom, equity and justice for all, we must first find it in ourselves.
Connecting Adult Allies in the struggle for Equity and Justice (Beginner/Intermediate)
Facilitators: Sydney Pollack and Jacob Swindell-Sakoor
Lead by two college students, in this interactive workshop participants will discuss the differences
between adultism and ageism while exploring what constitutes a successful adult ally. Through the
examination of personal experiences and the presenters’ stories we will work to define various
situations along the spectrum of allyship as we strive together to dismantle white supremacy.
Courageous Conversation with Yusef Salaam (All Levels)
Facilitator: Yusef Salaam
Join WPC17 Keynote Presenter, Yusef Salaam, for a courageous conversation; he will tell his
story, share clips from the Cp5 (Central Park Five) film and will conclude with questions from
workshop participants. Don’t miss this opportunity for a more intimate session with Yusef.
Creating Socially Just Organizations: Dismantling Institutionalized Racism and White
Supremacy (part 1) (part 2) (Intermediate)
Facilitator: Kathy Obear
This is a 2-part session. Well-intended diversity initiatives often fall short of desired outcomes.
While increasing awareness, most don’t create significant, sustainable organizational change ~
much less dismantle the institutionalized racism and white supremacy inherent in most
organizations. How can change agents create inclusive organizations through systemic, long-term
culture change? Come explore promising practices and lessons learned from strategic
organizational change efforts to create inclusive, socially just organizations. Participants will
receive a workbook of materials to use as they create systemic, sustainable change.
Critical Race Theory: Equity and Justice (Beginner)
Facilitator: Adrien Wing
Critical Race Theory is a progressive movement within the law that focuses not only on theory, but
also on practical legal and political solutions to racism and subordination. The workshop will use a
critical race theory perspective to focus on how the law can deal with correcting white economic
and educational privilege during the end of the Obama administration. It will emphasize achieving
equity and justice with specific reference to communities experiencing political and economic
disempowerment and police brutality. There will be a special focus on the situation of women of
color as well.
Dangerous Minds: Student Identity & Activism in a Climate of Hate (Beginner/Intermediate)
Facilitator: Bryant Smith
Dangerous Minds is a multimedia experience that seeks to answer the question, “what does it
mean to be a student activist?" It is a historical examination of the student activist experience in
America, including how contemporary events such as the death of Sandra Bland, protest at the
University of Missouri, Trayvon Martin, Michael Brown, and Eric Garner all impact the narrative that
America is post racial. Critically engaging in its presentation this program will have audiences reevaluating their views on racism, equality, and social justice. Learning outcomes are: Critically
examine the student Activist experience as a tool for fighting White Supremacy in the USA and
abroad; Contextualize the incidents surrounding civil unrest as systemic in nature that are capable
of being addressed by student activism; Teach student activists to clearly and simply articulate the
rationale for their activism using concise language that is institutionally appropriate in higher
education settings (particularly PWI's); Propose strategies for framing and addressing violence,
policies, and criticism directed toward student activist; and Reintroduce student activism as core
responsibility of being an educated citizen in a democratic society.
Debunking White Supremacy: A Formula for Eradicating Racism (Beginner/Intermediate)
Facilitator: Tim McGettigan
In his new book with Professor Earl Smith, A Formula for Eradicating Racism, Professor Tim
McGettigan spell outs a practical plan to end racism. The authors demonstrate that racism is a type
of undemocratic social architecture that Americans can construct and dismantle by choice.
McGettigan argues that, early in its history, the US intentionally dehumanized people of color so
that white invaders could plunder the western hemisphere without moral qualms. Technically
speaking, a crime is not a crime if it’s committed against people who are defined as sub-humans.
The most glaring example of democratic dehumanization is the 3/5 Compromise which, even to
this day, fractionates the perceived merit of African Americans. In addition, the US denaturalized
Indigenous Peoples, Hispanics, Asians and every other person of color via the Naturalization Act
of 1790 -- which established that only free whites could be US citizens. Subsequently, the US has
treated people of color like wartime enemies. The US still celebrates continent-wide genocide
under the sacred banner of Manifest Destiny. Though it will never be possible to right such
monumental wrongs, McGettigan maintains that the US can still dismantle America’s architecture
of racism. The US can re-humanize all those it has callously dehumanized by erasing the 3/5
Compromise and rescinding every other law, policy, superstition and practice which "suggests" that
people of color are anything but 100% bona fide human beings.
Decentering Whiteness and Building Multiracial Community (Intermediate)
Facilitators: CSWAC; Robin Alpern, Bonnie Berman Cushing, Charley Flint, Justin Freitas,
and Jeff Hitchcock
Our society is currently centered on white cultural values, and access to power and resources
requires that people adhere to those values. This is an inherently unjust and inequitable condition
in a multiracial society. One way to re-imagine this social structure and make the transition to one
that is fair is to engage in a process of decentering whiteness. White culture, in other words, must
become marginal, just as cultures of color currently are. The center of society needs to be replaced
with multiracial values. These two goals are interdependent, and neither can be accomplished
without the other. Attempts to make the center of US society multiracial will fail unless whiteness is
itself decentered, and whiteness cannot be decentered unless an alternative set of values replaces
its central role. This workshop will examine how whiteness can be decentered, what it means to
build multiracial community, and the implications for current anti-racist practice in the United
States. What will a decentered whiteness look like? What shifts need to take place in white
organizational culture? How will decentering whiteness help us undo systemic racism? What skills
will a decentered white person need? What are multiracial values and who decides? What sorts of
personal transformations might people be called upon to make? We will look at these and other
Decolonizing “Diversity” Initiatives in Education: An Equity Literacy Approach (All Levels)
Facilitator: Paul C. Gorski
In Gorski’s work with schools over the past 20 or so years, nowhere has white privilege and other
expressions of liberal entitlement been more pronounced than in “diversity” initiatives that present
the illusion of justice while ensuring the perpetuation of injustice. In this session we will discuss
some of the “diversity” programs, policies, and initiatives that best illustrate this problem. Then,
using the Equity Literacy framework as a guide, we will discuss the principles underlying a
commitment, not just to “diversity,” but instead to equity and justice in schools.
Deconstructing Democracies: Decision-Making Structures and Whose Freedom Rings
Facilitator: Ilana Morris
Movements, organizations and groups all utilize a number of decision-making processes to
achieve (or not achieve) democratic order. Within the context of a society based in white
supremacy and privilege, this workshop will explore the ways that racism, sexism, ableism and all
forms of oppression are re-manifested and recreated through a variety of decision-making
processes and structures. Whether a group’s decision-making processes are hierarchical, utilize a
three-fourth’s majority, Robert’s Rules, or are consensus-based – these structures determine
whose voices are heard, what participation styles are rewarded, and ultimately, whose freedom is
honored. We will explore these decision-making structures and collectively deconstruct how power
and privilege operate within these structures (both directly and indirectly) and lead to outcomes
that either support or reject the status quo of oppression and hierarchy. Facilitator will facilitate
discussion and offer decision-making tools for anti-racist outcomes, equity and social justice.
Deconstructing Dominant Culture or How to Work Effectively with White People
Facilitator: Shakti Butler
White space, white culture, white privilege—most of us at this conference understand and have
deep experience of those concepts. But these are often new and difficult concepts for many white
people, including those who are well-meaning. This workshop will focus on how we can do a
better job of talking to white people. We need white people to understand that it is in their interests
to dismantle white supremacy. We’ll present some tools that are useful in helping white people
move beyond guilt, fear and defensiveness and that can help institutions examine their systems
that replicate white supremacy. These include: strategic questioning, equity and empowerment
lens and film clips from Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity and Mirrors of
Privilege: Making Whiteness Visible.
Dismantling Internalized Dominance and White Supremacy: Increasing the Capacity of
Whites to Partner to Create Meaningful Change (Intermediate)
Facilitator: Kathy Obear
Too often well-intentioned whites (staff, teachers/faculty, administrators, activists, and other
educators) interact in ways that perpetuate and model racist and white supremacst dynamics
among their colleagues and those they serve. Most, if not all, whites have been socialized within
white supremacist structures and have internalized messages and beliefs that white cultural values
and practices are better and that whites are superior to people of color and those who identify as
biracial or multiracial. Whether through conscious and/or unconscious actions, most whites act in
ways that undermine effective partnering to dismantle institutional racism and white supremacy. In
this highly interactive, reflective session participants will identify the types of behaviors and
attitudes that maintain the racial/racist status quo in their organizations, explore strategies to
dismantle internalized dominance and white supremacy in themselves and others, and identify
effective ways to partner with whites and people of color to dismantle racism and white supremacy.
Ed Talk: Advocating for Racial Justice in Educational Settings (Intermediate)
Facilitators: Danielle Barker and Jamie Utt
In the world of education, interrupting White supremacy and race-neutral ideology is vital to
building environments where all people can learn and express themselves fully. Unfortunately,
though, finding effective ways to challenge privilege while inspiring anti-racist action is not easy in
systems that are fundamentally built upon racism. This workshop will offer educators and
education professionals who work in secondary and post-secondary contexts tools for engaging
students and colleagues with unexamined privilege in hopes of inspiring more meaningful antiracist action. Participants will leave this session with tools for how to break down the denial and
defensiveness surrounding privilege, including how to interrupt a colorblind ideology, they will
further examine how to translate knowledge of privilege into antiracist action and will explore how
collusion plays into the upholding of privilege.
Engaging in Anti-Racism as Asian Americans: My Story, Your Story, Our Stories (All Levels)
Facilitators: Hsiao-Wen Lo and Rosetta Eun Ryong Lee
Even now, in 2016, many see racism as a Black/White issue. Despite our increasing numbers,
visibility, and influence overall, Asian American anti-racism activists seem fewer and far between.
What is going on? Hear the stories of two activists and share your own. Discuss the challenges
and opportunities of showing up in anti-racism spaces as who we are. Connect with other likeminded folks and build coalitions across affinity and differences. This session is primarily meant
for those who identify as Asian Americans. However, we welcome any others who are willing to
listen, learn, and build coalitions with Asian Americans in anti-racism.
Engaging the “Spiritual, but Not Religious” in Dismantling Privilege and Oppression
Facilitator: Shelly Tochluk
Increasingly, people are re-imagining themselves in relation to their spiritual identities, moving
away from religious dogma and searching for a spiritual path that resonates with their values. A
large number of these individuals are white social progressives who advocate for the environment
and feel a sense of interconnectedness with all beings while leaving racism and white supremacy
unaddressed both within themselves and in their communities. How can we support this expanding
group of people to recognize the connections between spiritual growth, the re-imaging of self, and
racial justice? How can we entice this group into efforts to dismantle privilege and oppression?
This workshop invites participants to consider tensions that exist between spiritual and racial
justice principles. Through reflection and dialogue participants will discuss how these tensions
manifest in ways that stop the “spiritual, but not religious” from joining racial justice efforts.
Participants will then explore how to bridge the gap in order to improve cross-race communication
and collaboration for justice. This session will be useful for people invested in promoting racial
justice on campuses and in communities grounded in spiritual principles.
Engaging White People in the Struggle for Racial Justice (Part 1) (Part 2)
Facilitators: Dara Silverman, Meta Mendel-Reyes, Scott Winn, Betty Robinson, Morgan
Bartz, Celia Kutz and Greg Elliott
The Movement for Black Lives and Obama's presidency have triggered a largely white racist
backlash by the Tea Party, anti-immigrant organizations and conservative political commentators.
More white people are needed to show up, speak out and work in collaboration with people of color
across race, class and gender lines. In this workshop, we will focus on across the country in
recruiting and engaging white people in racial justice efforts, working in alliance with organizations
of color and bridging the class divide to specifically reach poor and working-class white people.
Everyday Whiteness: The Unspoken Nature of Cultural Racism
Facilitators: Toi Sing Woo and Bert Hopkins
This workshop will explicitly link Cultural Racism to White Supremacy. The session will critically
examine and challenge the way that everyday aspects of White culture get accepted, normalized,
and rewarded. We will focus on examples of actions that elevate White cultural norms and the
performance of Whiteness in general, as well as highlight actions that denigrate and appropriate
cultures of People of Color. We will also examine how People of Color and other marginalized
groups participate in and support white culture and thus become complicit in maintaining a culture
of White Supremacy. Participants will be given tools to challenge the everyday White Gaze and the
opportunity to practice using these tools.
Everyone Should Be A Part of the Conversation: Creating Racial Affinity Groups in Schools
Facilitators: Elizabeth Denevi and Mari Richards
This session will explore the steps required to launch and sustain racial affinity groups within a
school community. We will discuss best practices for creating elementary, middle, and high school
opportunities as well as adult groups. There will be a particular emphasis on white affinity spaces
and how to address community questions and resistance. Please join us for this conversation as
we explore why these spaces are an important component to educational equity and academic
Exiting the “White Liberal Chamber” (Beginner)
Facilitators: Emily Alicia Affolter and Sarah Ziv Rosman
“The White Liberal Chamber” is a paralyzing space where well intentioned, empathic allies get
stuck. The chamber exists because of fear of failure, as allies are often afraid to act, not wanting to
appear prejudicial or experience discomfort. Come explore exit strategies to transcend the “White
Liberal Chamber”.
Exploring Our Identities & Privileges: Who We Really Are and Why It Really Matters (All
Facilitator: Rich Russo
What are your privileges? What are you social identities? How do these make you who you are -and who would you be without them? This highly interactive, experiential workshop utilizes
discussions, small group work, activities, and self-reflection. We will explore and challenge the
value of our social identities and privileges - both in our daily lives as well as in the larger world.
With focuses on Race, Ethnicity, Gender [Identity & Expression], Sexual Orientation and Age, this
workshop will address multiple forms of oppression and privilege, especially White Privilege and
Supremacy. This workshop will address the WPC17 theme ‘Let Freedom Ring - Re-Imagining
Equity and Justice in the United States’ by asking participants to reflect on the role privilege plays
in their own experiences with Access, Equity, and Justice.
Exploring the Interconnectivity of Capitalism and White Supremacy
Facilitators: Stephanie Baran and Alice Ragland
This presentation delves into the history of modern capitalism and its byproduct of white
supremacy. We will not simply be discussing capitalism in its base definition of private ownership;
in the context of this presentation, we are referring to capitalism as the exploitative neoliberal
practices that have been used to maximize profit for a small number of wealthy individuals while
perpetuating poverty and oppression for everyone else. We will examine the ways in
which capitalism has historically been intertwined with white supremacy, from colonization and
American slavery to the disgraceful state of workers' rights in this country, which disproportionately
disadvantages People of Color. We will also explore the ways in which unchecked corporate
power has undermined American democracy. We will discuss action steps for restoring
democracy, promoting equity and justice, and creating a society that is free from the chains of
economic exploitation.
Exploring White Privilege (Beginner/Intermediate)
Facilitators: Bob Amico and Gaston Dembele
This workshop will involve an interactive exercise designed to raise awareness about how white
privilege and white supremacy operate in our daily lives. The participants will have an opportunity
to share their insights with others and challenge themselves through a visioning exercise for reimagining equity and justice.
Ferguson Now: A Community’s 20-month Fight for Justice (All Levels)
Panelists: Cheyenne Green, Dasha Jones, Tyler Sowell and Travis Sowell, Michael Hassell,
and Marcellus Buckley (The Ferguson Poet), Moderator: Chuck Modiano
The death of Mike Brown and reaction by Ferguson protesters sparked a nation-wide movement to
promote police accountability and demand that Black Lives are valued and respected. While mass
awareness has resulted, little justice has actually taken place in Ferguson despite a damning 2015
DOJ report exposing rampant racism. Officer Darren Wilson was still never arrested and raised
hundreds of thousands of dollars. District Attorney Bob McCulloch was named “Prosecutor of the
Year” by Missouri State Bar. Jeff Roorda, head of the St. Louis Police Association, has been
elevated to regular cable news talking head. Hi-profile police killings of Kajieme Powell, Vonderrit
Myers and others have not even produced arrests – let alone convictions. In this session,
Ferguson Frontline activists from two local organizations, Lost Voices and Chosen for Change
(founded by Mike Brown, Sr.) will provide a “State of Ferguson” update and what must happen
moving forward to gain justice.
Fighting for Freedom against White Supremacy when you don’t fit the Grass-Roots Activist
Mold (Beginner)
Facilitators: Evonne Bilotta-Burke and Frankie Jader
What would the U.S. be like if the system of white supremacy collapsed? Imagine the strength of a
movement if we called-in ALL who wanted to stand against systemic privilege? Now imagine that
not all those individuals come with predilections to be grassroots - sign carrying - chant shouting parade demonstrating, activists. What about people who want to be part of the movement against
white supremacy, but find they don’t fit that mold? How do we create a movement where ALL
individuals have a voice powerful enough to make a difference? This interactive session explores
the idea of patterns / roles of activists who stand against the imbalance of power. The question,
“What kind of an activist am I?” leads us to explore alternative ways of showing up in the world
while taking a stand against the system of privilege. We will discuss these alternative roles and
ask participants to think deeply about their own identity while adding other possible patterns that
may be pulled from their own experiences.
Finding Freedom: Unpacking White Supremacy to Advance Social & Environmental Justice
through Contemplative Practice (Intermediate)
Facilitator: Dena R. Samuels
Taking action is critical for the advancement of social and environmental justice. Action, however,
is unlikely without the motivation prompted by self-reflection and awareness of the larger problem
of white privilege, white supremacy, and oppression. This workshop introduces a framework for
understanding these pernicious problems that are rooted in a legacy of abused power and
domination, and offers contemplative practices that liberate us by transforming suffering in
ourselves, in our relationships, and in the planet. The framework is rooted in Native wisdom,
Eastern philosophy, and many ancient teachings that allow us to live healthy, culturally inclusive
lives filled with freedom, connectedness, meaning, and purpose.
Fostering White Anti-Racism for Parents and Teachers in the K-12 World (Intermediate)
Facilitator: Ali Michael
Beverly Daniel Tatum wrote that there are traditionally 3 ways to be White: Ignorant, Colorblind or
Racist. Given those three options, very few White people choose to self identify as White. Tatum
says there has to be another option: the option of the anti-racist White ally. In a world where many
White students respond automatically to “Black Lives Matter” with the cry “All Lives Matter,” it’s
clear that we have work to do in fostering anti-racist understanding, alliance and action among
White students. This workshop will support teachers and parents of White children to consider
how to foster anti-racism among children (ages 5-18), including institutional strategies such as
forming anti-racist affinity spaces. This competency in the next generation is critical to reimagining justice and equity in the U.S.
Fundraising 101 (All Levels)
Facilitator: Javier Womeldorff
With economic and class privilege often walking hand in hand with other forms of privilege and
supremacy, oppressed communities have long struggled to gain AND maintain the resources they
need to break cycles of oppression. In the fundraising world, relationships matter, connections
matter, and demonstrating your pre-existing capacity matters. These are factors that inhibit small,
community-based, organizations from fighting oppression. While anyone can do a car wash, not
many can sustain a fight against oppression on that revenue alone. Come learn tips for creating a
strategy, avoiding common pitfalls, and soliciting large groups of people, foundations, businesses,
and securing major, transformative, gifts from individuals who believe in the work you are doing.
Global White Privilege, Contemporary Middle East Politics, and Peace & Justice in the
United States (Beginner)
Facilitator: Adrien Wing
This panel will discuss current developments in the Middle East region and how they fit into global
notions of white privilege and to justice and equity in the United States. The issues to be discussed
will include ISIS/ISIL, Iraq, Syrian Civil War, Israeli-Palestinian conflict, and issues related to the
Arab spring and its aftermath. Late breaking events may affect the emphasis of the workshop.
There will be an emphasis on action among diverse communities to seek peace and justice on this
subject and in this region.
Growing Older – Ism’s within Elder Abuse (All Levels)
Facilitator: Patricia Tosti
With the older population increasing exponentially, the fastest growing for those over 85 years of
age, the incidence of elder abuse is also increasing. To add to this rarely reported and often overlooked issue, the intersection of gender, class and racial inequities compounds the problems for
our most vulnerable adults. At least 30-40 years behind child protective services, it is essential
that elder abuse take a forefront in policies, laws, and funding so that it is clearly understood and
properly responded. Is elder abuse not important because of ageism? In this presentation, we will
take a critical look at the ways older adults are targeted because of their age, vulnerability,
finances and the perpetrators’ intent to gain power and control. The last years of life should be
filled with safety, integrity and respect, but our “system” is failing our loved ones.
Hip Hop and White Privilege (All Levels)
Facilitator: Aisha Fukushima
In this workshop we will take a musical journey in examining the ways in which hip hop engages in
critical conversations on white privilege and oppression. By getting in conversation with the music
of artists such as Macklemore, Lupe Fiasco and Promoe (of prolific Swedish hip hop group, Loop
Troop) we will get to know some of the fundamental discussions going on in hip hop regarding
systemic forms of white privilege in the music industry. From there, we will collectively start to
reimagine how we might take action steps in creating a more liberated musical mainstream media
landscape that honors the contributions of artists of color equally to those of white artists, and
reflects the media we hope to consume. In the final half of the workshop participants of all
experience levels (from first timer musicmakers to experienced creatives) will be invited to
collaborate together in making a collective freedom song that puts the ideas we developed in the
first half of the session into action. This workshop will engage in practical songwriting skills for
social justice, as well as pedagogical practices for students and teachers alike to walk away with
tools of empowerment through beats and rhymes.
How do I respond to that? Developing tools for responding to microaggressions when you
are the witness, perpetrator, and target (Intermediate)
Facilitator: Amie Thurber
Living into the principles of equity and justice requires that all people have the skills and capacity to
interrupt white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression. Microaggressions—the
seemingly small, ostensibly singular manifestations of oppression—permeate our lives. And while
the deleterious effects of these everyday injustices are well documented, many people do not feel
they have the skills and capacity to intervene in these instances, particularly in ways that maintain
strong relationships with students, colleagues and/or clients. Furthermore, too often discussion of
responding to microaggressions assumes the responder’s position as bystander, ignoring the ways
we may also perpetrate or be targets of injustice. An intersectional approach is needed to
understand the distinct considerations of responding to microaggressions (including our own social
group identities and the identities of others). After offering some guiding principles for effective
interventions, this interactive session will guide participants to identify and work from their own
experiences to practice intervening from three key social locations: that of perpetrator, witness,
and target. This session aims to create a learning community wherein people can build their
capacity to respond effectively to microaggressions, and deepen their commitment to taking action
to interrupt the everyday manifestations of white supremacy and oppression.
How do we talk about white supremacy, white privilege and others forms of oppression, for
real? (All Levels)
Facilitators: Chris Haigh and Tanya Williams
In workshops about white supremacy, white privilege and other forms of oppression, have you had
participants: focus only on marginalized identities? Insist that they don’t have privilege because
they don’t “feel powerful”? Confuse white supremacy with white supremacists? Focus only on the
individual level? Focus solely on race but ignore class, religious or other forms of privilege? This
interactive session will ask participants to address these and other unique dynamics around
addressing privilege. Focusing on facilitation skills, this session will include tools for reframing
participants’ resistance to owning their privilege and an opportunity to discuss specific facilitation
How mass media perpetuate systems of power, privilege and oppression and how a media
literate population is the first step toward change (Beginner)
Facilitators: Erin McNeill and LaTierra Piphus
Media Literacy education is empowering, and critical to a future of racial equality. In this workshop
you’ll learn how media shapes society and perpetuates negative attitudes, and how media literacy
can lead to changed attitudes, behaviors and actions, and is critical to any social justice
movement. You’ll learn how media literacy empowers people to be aware of media stereotypes
and talk back to media. We'll teach you skills you can apply in your life every day. You'll also learn
what Media Literacy Now is doing to pave the way for media literacy education and how you can
How Music and Sports Promote Privilege, Resistance, and Justice (All Levels)
Facilitators: Jasiri X, 1Hood and Chuck Modiano
The death of Michael Brown at the gun of Darren Wilson sparked international protests, calls for
revolutionizing Police Departments, and broader demands that Black Lives Matter in all aspects of
life. From protests ranging from famous musicians and athletes to local organizers, workshop
participants will learn how music and sports has and can continue to play a crucial role in building
this movement. Various expressions of resistance and privilege will be shared, and participants will
learn how they can creatively organize in fighting against police terror back home where they live.
How the Model Minority Myth Perpetuates Anti-Blackness (Beginner)
Facilitators: Toi Sing Woo, Susie Mechtel and Joanne K. Reeck
This workshop will take the Model Minority Myth one step further into how the myth upholds white
supremacy and reinforces anti-blackness within Asian communities. Additionally, we will cover how
this myth reinforces internalized racial oppression within Asian communities and turns us against
other racial justice struggles. Finally, the workshop will provide strategies to support the
#blacklivesmatter movement and towards our own liberation against model minority myth.
How to Confirm Sundown Towns and then use that Information to Help them Transcend
their Racist Past (Beginner)
Facilitator: Jim Loewen
Kids as young as fifth grade (in Ohio) and as old as 85 (in Indiana) have confirmed towns and
entire counties as all-white on purpose. This workshop tells how to do so and what to do with the
information once you have it. Towns that are no longer sundown -- that is, they now allow black
families -- still suffer from second-generation sundown town issues, so they may need to take the
"Loewen Three Step Program" to get over it.
How to Explain White Privilege and Power Dynamics to Skeptics in Less Than an Hour (All
Facilitator: Debby Irving
Ever feel like you’re just on the cusp of an organizational or conversational breakthrough only to be
asked something like, “Is white privilege a real thing?” or “Isn’t this really more about class?”
Without a shared framework to understand the history and dynamics of power and privilege,
institutional change can remain stuck in our mission statements, the land of best intentions. Learn
about two tools to help shift your community from well-meaning to well-doing. Participants will be
introduced to a community-built graphic illustration that makes visible the range of white
supremacist social locations. The graphic then allows for an exploration of common dominant white
cultural attitudes and behaviors that maintain social roles and power dynamics. This presentation
includes pauses for reflection, dialog, and Q&A.
How to Locate Whiteness Norms and Replace them with Equity Norms
Facilitator: Jennifer Chandler
Examining Whiteness norms that we are colluding, colliding, and contending with can help us
discover the places where equity norms could replace Whiteness norms. This workshop allows
participants to identify the Whiteness norms through examining their collusions, collisions, and
contentions and then move to identifying replacement equity norms.
How to STOP Brothers from Killing One Another (All Levels)
Facilitator: Walter Smith
The workshop will consist of briefly highlighting the root problem to the demise of Black males in
America and then outlining a plan and strategy that will produce positive, result oriented change.
Smith will outline a five part plan that can achieve that goal. It is time to STOP talking about the
problem and START taking simple steps and action towards better educating our youth, especially
males, thus, creating a Reading Revolution and an Universal Rites of Passage that inspires
respect, unity, and collective work and responsibility.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings – Empowering Women of Color (All Levels)
Facilitators: Vernā Myers and Ritu Bhasin
In most current dialogues around diversity and inclusion in the workplace, one key group is being
neglected: Women of Color. Most often, these dialogues examine racial/cultural and gender
differences as two separate areas of focus, missing the intersection of these core identities. To
truly foster inclusive environments, it is crucial that we examine the intersection of gender and
race. This interactive session will discuss: key biases and blindspots that Women of Color
experience; how to heal the wounds of internalized racism, sexism, bias, and oppression; key
strategies that Women of Color can embrace to advance in their careers, including the importance
of authenticity; and the power of leveraging allies for development.
Identifying White Supremacy through Microaggressions: Pathways to Equity and Justice
Facilitators: Emily Alicia Affolter and Suzie Hodges
Utilizing Sue and colleagues’ (2007) racial microaggressions framework, participants will develop
an understanding of microaggressions as a tool of White supremacy and systemic racism that
reinforce existing hierarchies of power and privilege. Through identifying experiences of both
victims and perpetrators, this workshop will push participants to explore microaggressions through
concept mapping. We will workshop microaggressor action strategies that focus on intent versus
impact, racial socialization, as well as intra and interpersonal growth for equity and justice.
If These Walls Could Talk: Revolutionizing Mental Health (Intermediate)
Facilitators: Rhea Almeida, Lisa Dressner and Theresa Fuller
What would the face of equity and justice look like if the suffering were treated by dignified systems
of care? Bereft of ethics and accountability, the institution of mental health, physicians, and Big
Pharma collude around corporate greed. This workshop will outline the colonization of the mental
health system, which like the educational system and numerous other systems has become a
means of perpetuating white supremacy, capitalism and patriarchy. The presenters will offer an
alternative model of liberation-based healing, based on a framework of intersectionality that
embraces multiple identities of race, class, gender, ableism, and sexual orientation. Rather than
medicating the masses, clinical vignettes will be offered to demonstrate how healing and
transformation come from raising critical consciousness, holding individuals and systems
accountable and strengthening empowered communities to work toward equity in their personal
and political spheres.
I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough? (All Levels)
Facilitator: Debby Irving
Using historical and media images Debby examines how she used her white-skewed belief system
to interpret what she could see and hear. Socialized within the white American knowledge system
full of errors and omissions, she spent decades silently reaffirming harmful, archaic racial patterns
instead of questioning the racial disparities and tensions she could see and feel. This workshop is
designed to support white people in making the paradigm shift from ‘fixing’ and ‘helping’ to
focusing on internalized white superiority and its role in perpetuating white supremacy at the
individual, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels.
Interrogating Whiteness through Communication, #SelfCare, and Finding Your #CREW
Facilitators: Suzie Hodges and Lyzz Wright
Self-care is imperative for those invested in work involving the interrogation and analysis of white
supremacy and institutional racism. This workshop will focus on the necessity of having a group of
people that can provide support, push thinking, and lead to improvede communication skills when
working towards justice and equity. By focusing on conversations where we are bombarded by
white supremacist agendas daily, we will examine how to effectively communicate thoughts on
race, equity, and whiteness, while keeping self-care and support networks at the center. Through
interactive discussions and collaborative scenario analysis we will promote the need of a support
network to both communication and self-care.
Intersectionality and Disability: Working towards Equity and Justice (All Levels)
Facilitator: Lori Dowds
Disability is a human condition. It is said everyone will become disabled at some point in their
lives, if they live long enough. Yet in the identification of groups who are discriminated against,
disability is often a last minute add on. Disability is essential to an intersectional perspective and is
connected to the maintenance of white supremacy. Our mainstream culture teaches us that to be
disabled is to be less valuable than other people. In this workshop we will explore identity with
regards to disability and how narratives of pity shape our collective consciousness.
Is This Equitable?: Experiential Learning Activities to Confront White Privilege and White
Supremacy (All Levels)
Facilitators: Nina Sethi and Gabby Arca
This session uses student-based, critical thinking as a theoretical lens, while supplying tangible
activities that you can take back to your classrooms. Employing questions from our students, we
will guide you through how we developed a classroom community that spent the entire year
pushing to recognize white supremacy, white privilege and other forms of oppression through
examining institutional bias and attempting to understand different perspectives. You will
participate in two simulations used to spark realization and understanding of bias in different ways.
You will experience two tangible activities that you can take back to your practice. You will also
engage in one way to set up the foundation for a classroom community dedicated to social justice
work, pushing to recognize and challenge white supremacy, white privilege and bias in our
society. These activities developed from student-based questions that have guided our year like,
“Whose voice is being heard?” and “Is this equitable?” One activity highlights internalized
stereotypes, and the other simulates the effects of privilege conferred by race and wealth.
Jews, Race and Class: How it's all connected (Beginner/Intermediate)
Facilitators: Paul Kivel and Dara Silverman
In this workshop, participants will learn some of the history of Jews in the West, the particular position Jews
have been used in reinforce the power of Christian elites, and how racism, classism and anti-Jewish
oppression have been used to separate Jews and likely partners. Through activities, discussion,
individualized and small group work, participants will develop a clearer understanding of the role Jews have
played in racial and economic justice movements and the potential for collaboration and partnership across
racial, ethnic and cultural lines.
Karate Chops, Geishas, Nerds, & the Asian Invasion: Reflections of a Corean Adopted
American (All Levels)
Facilitator: John Palmer
Target audience: Community members, parents, teachers, and students
Many Americans strongly believe that Asian Americans are the "model minority" and thus do not
suffer from racial discrimination and oppression. Moreover, Asian Americans are not typically
considered "real" Americans due mainly to being depicted in the media as the forever foreigner
(i.e., speaks English with a strong "Asian" accent, masters of martial arts, submissive and exotic
women, unaccustomed to "American" culture, and overall a basic "nerd"). By taking a closer look at
these stereotypes, I hope to show how these stereotypes have caused not only anguish within the
Asian American community, but have also upheld the belief that Asian Americans are secondclass citizens. Through an in-depth investigation into the stereotypical portrayals of Asians and
Asian Americans in the American mainstream media and the impact these stereotypes have had
upon my life as a Corean Adopted American growing up in a predominantly white and culturally
white environment, I hope to inform the audience how stereotypes damage and limit one's identity.
More importantly, I intend to provide the audience with a "model" in which we can self-empower
our identities and ultimately challenge oppression that stems from these stereotypes.
Laughing out White (superiority) (Intermediate)
Facilitator: Jacqueline Battalora
Because laughter is such a powerful healer and holds transformative potential, we will seek to
exploit its power to contest white supremacy and white privilege. This is an experimental session
within which participants will identify a lesson, a history learned, a conceptual framework
developed, an understanding garnered from WPC and then use these nuggets of insight and
information to consider how we might use humor to convey them. Participants will draw upon the
formulas and tactics for humor used by some of our cultures most influential comedians, to present
cultural critique and historical insight. Come ready to work hard and laugh out loud!
Let Freedom Ring: Change the (White) Rules of Engagement (Beginner/Intermediate)
Facilitators: Christine Saxman and Robin DiAngelo
In order to “let freedom ring,” white people need to develop the skills to move beyond white fragility
and into transformative action. Feedback on our inevitable but often unaware racism is essential to
building these skills. Yet so many of us insist on a set of requirements or “rules” for giving us
feedback. These rules protect racism by making it impossible to engage in the necessary dialogue
and self-reflection that can lead to real change for equity and justice. In this workshop, we will use
DiAngelo’s work, “White Fragility: The Rules of Engagement” to examine how these rules function
to defend racism. We will re-imagine an alternative paradigm for more open and constructive
cross-racial engagement in order to achieve equity and justice. Please read “White Fragility & The
Rules of Engagement” prior to the session (http://tinyurl.com/nwmsnv2).
Let Freedom Ring: The Montgomery Bus Boycott and Moving Beyond the Bus (Beginner)
Facilitator: June Christian
Beyond the Bus is a special publication from Teaching Tolerance's Teaching the Movement
initiative. It combines key elements from resources developed over the past five years, including
the Nine Essential Areas for Civil Rights Education, to help educators recognize and fill instruction
gaps in civil rights education. The 60th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott offers
educators a special opportunity to teach about the individuals who acted collectively alongside Dr.
Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rosa Parks as well as the tactics activists used to take on racial
injustice. This resource is intended to enable students today to work collectively to overcome
privilege and supremacy and to reimagine equity and justice in the current civil rights movement.
This workshop will provide materials critical to complicating what we know and think about Rosa
Parks, the Montgomery Bus Boycott and the civil rights movement.
Let’s Talk!…About White Privilege (Beginner)
Facilitator: June Christian
Let’s Talk! helps teachers structure classroom conversations about race, racism, and white
privilege. We will review multiple strategies to scaffold difficult conversations in the classroom with
particular attention to race and white supremacy—understanding that the same strategies and
practices can be used to structure conversations about class, gender, sexual orientation and other
oppressions that may be difficult to talk about in class. This will be an exceptionally interactive
workshop that will give participants strategies to take back to the classroom to discuss race, racism
and other forms of oppression with their colleagues and students.
Liberation and Anti-racism work: Leading in Cross-Racial Teams
Facilitators: Darlene Flynn and Robin DiAngelo
This experienced cross-racial training team will lead a workshop that focuses on the racial
dynamics within a training partnership, using an approach that models and deepens anti-racist
leadership work. They will explore patterns of dominance and oppression, and strategies for
challenging them that are intentional, preemptive and strategic about interrupting racism when
working cross-racially. Using practice scenarios, participants will have the opportunity to explore
common challenges, both within the training team and in relationship to group power dynamics
when they are leading.
Multicultural/Anti-Racist Educators Tolling the Bells of Freedom in a 21st Century
Globalized Society: Taking on the Resisters, Listening to the Critical Challengers, and
Preaching to the Choir
Target audience: Teachers, students, and community members
Facilitator: John Palmer
Throughout the years multicultural education has encountered its fair share of critics and resisters.
Moreover, even though the main goal of multicultural education is based upon the belief of total
school reform that creates greater equity, justice, and opportunity for all students; multicultural
policies have remained on the periphery of the school curriculum and pedagogy. Thus, through a
critical look at our schools we are able to illustrate how white supremacy, white privilege, and other
forms of oppression are evident on a daily basis. In this workshop, Palmer first addresses where
these forms of resistance originated from and how he, as a professor in the field of social and
cultural foundations of education, have managed to teach anti-racist/anti-oppression at a
predominantly white and economically elite and privileged university in the United States.
Specifically, the culturally responsive pedagogy outlined in this presentation is partially supported
by the research data collected through the sponsorship of WPC.
Native Music 101 (All Levels)
Facilitators: Dennis Zotigh (Kiowa, Santee Dakota and Ohkay Owingeh Pueblo) and Ralph
Zotigh (Kiowa)
Enjoy an educational and entertaining perspective of Native music and history though Native Music
101. This presentation takes you through history from creation stories to the present while
including an array of live Native music as you journey across North America from Alaska’s Pacific
Coast to the Swamps of the Southeast United States. This is a new and innovative way of learning
compelling stories of numerous tribes and policy affecting Native peoples. It concludes with an
interactive question and answer period. This presentation recently debuted at James Madison
University in Virginia and will take place next at Elon College in North Carolina.
Nativism 101: How the Anti-Immigrant and Anti-Muslim Movements Are Working to Turn
Back the Clock on Racial Justice—And What We Can Do (All Levels)
Facilitators: Kalia Abiade and Lindsay Schubiner
Over the past year, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim sentiment has burst onto the national stage in
a deeply troubling way. Behind this new wave of nativism are organized movements that have long
been working to promote hostility toward immigrants, Muslims, and refugees and influence policy
on the local, state, and national levels. This session will provide an opportunity to learn about the
organized anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim movements in the U.S., including their leaders, goals,
strategies, and capabilities, along with the intellectual roots of their movements. Participants will
also learn about successful work to push back against nativist movements and strategies they can
use in their own communities to stop hate.
“No Freedom Unless We Call Out the Wizard Behind the Curtain: Critically Addressing the
Corrosive Effects of Whiteness in Teacher Education and Professional Development”
Facilitator: Heather W. Hackman
This session is born out of too many conversations, consultations, and assessments regarding
teacher education’s lack of critical race accountability and racial justice preparation for our future
teachers. While the nation continues to turn its concern over racial disparities in our schools toward
teachers and administrators, this session contends that not nearly enough accountability is leveled
at teacher education itself, and particularly the whiteness that undergirds it longstanding practices.
To be sure this is not 90 minutes of finger pointing and criticism. It is, however, a place where 1)
we can have some honest conversations about the specific failings of current teacher education
systems regarding racial justice, 2) critically examine how their White liberalism supports racism
and whiteness in our E-12 settings, and 3) identify concrete changes for teacher education in order
to prepare teachers to truly serve all students in a racially complex society. This session is not
focused on the canaries in the coal mine such as “the gap” or “recruitment and retention”, but
rather looks more deeply at the way race (the racial narrative), racism (systemic targeting of
People of Color / Native people) and especially whiteness (white privilege and white supremacy)
undergird the core of teacher education and, if left unchallenged and unchanged, will forever deny
teacher education a racially just pedagogy. The content in the session stems from over twenty
years working in higher education / teacher education settings as well as in-service professional
development settings, and is offered as a starting point for critical dialogue within the session. This
workshop is best suited to those connected to P-12 education, teacher education or educational
reform, and who have a solid foundation in critical race, racism and whiteness content.
None Of Us Is Perfect!! There Are No Experts! This is messy stuff. Let's do it anyway! (All
Facilitators for Part One: Roberto Schiraldi, Shelley Krause, Caroline Clark and Linda
Facilitators for Part Two: Maria del Carmen Rodriquez, Roberto Schiraldi, Joyce Inspira
Williams and Aisha Jabbar
This work is too hard to do alone. We need many allies! This two part, heart-centered, interactive
program is a collaboration between two organizations, Not In Our Town (NIOT), and The New
Jersey Association for Multicultural Counseling (NJAMC). It will provide an in-depth, interactive
exploration of how to “broach” the topics of racism and white supremacy with ourselves and others,
and demonstrate the power of individuals and organizations in collaboration.
Oppositional Messaging: How to Marginalize your Opponents while Uplifting your Values
(All Levels)
Facilitators: Lindsay Schubiner and Kalia Abiade
Organized nativist activists, along with their legislative allies and supporters in the media,
use sophisticated messaging platforms to advance their bigoted agenda. Pushing back in this
political climate requires effective, consistent messages to marginalize your opponents, frame the
issue based on your vision and values, and reclaim the debate. This session will teach strategies
and tips to effectively use oppositional messaging in your work, regardless of your issue and your
Our Minds, Their Messages (Beginner)
Facilitator: Sydney Pollack
Did you know the average American spends three years of their life watching television
commercials? Then add in on-line ads, billboards, magazine ads and messages from family and
friends…What impact does this have on us? This interactive workshop will examine the messages
we are force fed, specifically focusing on which people and which bodies are valued. We will
explore the importance of increasing awareness about how these constant subtle messages affect
us, while engaging in self examination, looking at media examples, and participating in an activity.
This workshop provides participants with tools they can use in educating others in their schools,
families, and communities as we try to reimagine what justice and equity might look like.
Planting Seeds of Equity and Justice for Youth (Beginner)
Facilitators: Diana Melendez and Stephanie Carpizio
Youth represent one of our most valuable resources in creating equity and justice. For youth of
color, the systems that host their daily lives, like education, social services, law enforcement, etc.
are also the same systems that frequently disregard the dignity and human spirit that these youth
bring with them. This workshop will offer opportunities for building critical consciousness and
strategies of resistance that interrupt white supremacy, power and privilege while reclaiming
identities of strength and resilience towards freedom.
“Problem Women of Color”: Re-imagining our Freedom from Institutional Oppression
Facilitators: Darlene Flynn, Senait Brown, Gabriella Sanchez-Stern
This workshop will examine the “Problem Women of Color” chronicle of under-represented women
in organizational settings to deepen understanding of how institutionalized white supremacy
perpetuates an oppressive cycle for women of color. As three women of color, the presenters will
bring their combined decades of community and institutional racial justice work experience;
participants will have the opportunity to explore their own observations and increase awareness of
racialized patterns of behavior that stand in the way of creating justice for all.
Race, Wealth, and Debt: An examination of the legislated choices that have extracted wealth
for white supremacy (Beginner)
Facilitator: Reverend Susan McCann
Economic systems have extracted wealth from people of color since the first arrival of Europeans
to the indigenous led America. This pattern of wealth extraction was intentional and has continued
throughout our history. The white supremacy culture that allows wealth extraction is perpetrated by
daily choices that allow privilege to reign in our systems, institutions and even families. We can
make different choices. Low income communities across race were intentionally separated through
legislated wealth extraction to use racial fear; this session will provide historical context and focus
primarily on the system today that is legislated to allow triple digit interest rate lending that
especially targets women of color. The case study of payday lending in Missouri will be highlighted
through the lens of a community organizing campaign that has developed a values narrative and
grassroots campaign to change this trajectory. There is a unique national moment that your voice
can impact through story gathering in favor of strong rule making for the Consumer Financial
Protection Bureau.
Racial Equity Teams Re-imagine Equity and Justice in a Large Inner City School District
Facilitators: Bernardo Ruiz, Fran Partridge, Anita Garcia Morales and Abraham RodriguezHernandez
Participants will explore how a large public school district begins the work to fight white supremacy
and institutionalize racial equity in education, through the collaborative development of racial equity
teams in 30 schools. In this workshop, we will explore an example of how a large school district
can implement a transformational paradigm shift by recognizing white privilege and issues of
inequity. We will share our steps, as we continue our journey in the implementation of Equity and
Justice in Seattle Public Schools. We will explore professional strategies, practices, vision, policies,
and the story of fighting white supremacy in Seattle Public Schools (SPS).
Racial Literacy Reflections: Youth Buffering Rejection through a Racial Trauma Magazine
(All Levels)
Facilitators: Howard C. Stevenson, Kelsey Jones, and Jason Javier-Watson
This workshop will focus is on how to talk to youth about racial trauma. Includes participation from
high school sophomores involved in a project called Reflections. Reflections is a racial trauma
magazine designed by Dr. Kelsey Jones. The first issue is near completion. The audience will hear
from the high school staffers who have constructed the magazine under Dr. Jones’s and Dr. JavierWatson’s leadership and read excerpts from the Reflections magazine. The focus of the
conversation with the high school staffers and our interview of them will be about how working on
the magazine has helped in their management of racial rejection in school and life. They have also
been involved in our construction of teacher racial literacy professional development.
Rainbow Freedom Rings: Re-Imagining LGBT Equity at WPC (All Levels)
Facilitators: Stephanie Puentes, Jordon Johnson and Storme Lynn
In this session we will look at LGBT equity within The White Privilege Conference with a focus on
personal accountability and authenticity in our relationships with each other. In a shared queer
space, bringing the intersection of our other social identities; we will explore, with workshop
participants, what it looks like when rainbow freedom rings.
Re-entry after WPC: Caring for self and preparing for action after the conference (All Levels)
Facilitator: Stephanie Puentes
Whether you are attending WPC for the first time or you've been to all 16 conferences, the WPC
experience is unlike any other conference you've attended. The community we create is loving,
challenging and unique. But what happens when we return home to our families and communities
who didn't attend the conference? In this workshop we will explore the impact of our WPC
experience and look at specific actions we can take to minimize the shock of re-entry and
maximize the benefits of our experience.
Re-Imagining and Transforming Your Race Story (All Levels)
Facilitators: Susan Naimark and David Hunt
To re-imagine equity and justice in the United States, we must first revisit the origin of the
American story of race and its impact on our families’ respective journeys. This session will allow
participants to explore the race story that is playing out in their lives and its’ origins, and begin reimagining and transforming their personal racial justice story. RACE is so deeply embedded in our
lives that it appears to be the natural order of things. We must actively challenge that notion, both
inside of our own thinking and in our interactions with the world around us. The tool used to create,
maintain and expand the false notion of race is story. RACISM is not about how you look, it is
about how people assign meaning to how you look, and the impact of this on your life experiences
and opportunities. This meaning, too, is assigned through the use of story. In this workshop, we
will use the power of story to transform our relationship to race, racism, and white supremacy.
Re-Imagining Social Justice: 10 myths that hinder equity and inclusion (Beginner)
Facilitator: Vernon A. Wall
The term “social justice” is being used (and misused) on college and university campuses more
and more these days. What exactly is social justice? What is a socially just community? What are
the characteristics of a campus community committed to social justice? How do race, racism,
whiteness & privilege fit into the social justice conversation? In this program, the 10 myths of
social justice will be shared as well as a questionnaire that can be used to gain insights into your
campus’ commitment to inclusion, equity and social justice. “Injustice anywhere is a threat to
justice everywhere!”
Reimagine Justice To Actively Oppose Hate Groups - and Hate (All Levels)
Facilitator: Lonnie Lusardo
Today more than 60% of hate crimes are unreported, mainstream media cover only the most
violent hate cases, and FBI statistics on hate crimes are far below the real numbers. This
workshop examines how white supremacists and neo-Nazi groups recruit and carry out atrocities
against black Americans, Jews, Muslims, LGBTQ people and immigrants – all with little public
resistance. Workshop activities are designed to imagine ALL hate crimes are reported to police,
mainstream media cover ALL hate assaults, and FBI data accurately reflect the number of hate
crimes committed every year.
Reimagining Equity within Institutions: Moving Beyond the Individual (Intermediate)
Facilitators: Chris Haigh and Tanya Williams
Exploring and examining whiteness, inequity, and systems of oppression within organizations can
be quite an undertaking. Understanding the intersections between institutional policies and culture
can transform that process and move both individuals and the institution forward. This workshop
will provide frameworks for examining institutional culture and whiteness and will also help
participants understand how individual training and transformation is also necessary to affect
change in organizations.
Re-imaging Whiteness in Equity and Justice Movements: Embodying Loss within the Self
for White People (This workshop is specifically for White People) (Intermediate/Advanced)
Facilitator: Jordon Johnson
Loss is a critical element to explore in understanding white supremacy, white privilege and moving
toward equity and social justice. Along with exploring loss, forgiveness will be integrated
throughout the workshop that encourages a deep embodiment of a sense of self. A dominant white
narrative continuously presses down on all of us. For white people, this narrative has impacted our
connections with one another. Over the course of history, language has been crafted to articulate
how this narrative is impacting our relationships with other people. However, language has also
hindered the possibility of fully understanding the impact of this dominant white narrative on white
peoples connection to self and others. This is an experiential workshop that offers a crevice to
deeply examine the influence of whiteness within our work as educators, advocates, consultants,
and other professions. Participants will be challenged to delve into the depth of connection and
emotions needed to re-imagine equity and justice in the United States.
Resisting White Cultural Dominance: Developing White Racial Consciousness to Foster
Equity and Justice in Schools (Intermediate)
Facilitators: Benny Vasquez and Randy Clancy
Professional development aimed at addressing racism in schools often portrays racism as a set of
challenges faced by People of Color, leaving white people to focus their lens outward toward “the
other.” White teachers have a crucial role to play in addressing the many manifestations of racism
in education; to be effective antiracist educators they must develop the skill of turning the lens
inward to focus on whiteness. This process of building racial self-knowledge is both challenging
and critical for white people who hope to take effective action against racism.
Storytelling for Systemic Change (Beginner/Intermediate)
Facilitators: Jondou Chen, Gail Cruise-Roberson, Emmy Howe, Emily Style and Daniel
Storytelling - and specifically telling our own stories - links individual experience with systemic
power dynamics including white privilege and white supremacy. Members of the National SEED
Project staff will model three exercises in which participants testify to the process of their own
racialization, i.e., being made to see and locate themselves and others in world in which race is
seen to be real. When processed collectively, these testimonies allow us to work toward the
freedom of self-understanding, restorative justice, and systemic change for equity.
Strategies for Challenging White Supremacy, White Privilege, and Oppression (Advanced)
Facilitators: Daniel Escalante and Carla Mestas
In this highly interactive, challenging, and practical workshop, participants will explore different
approaches to dismantling white supremacy and various forms of oppression. Participants will
discuss ways to take action using their knowledge and understanding of white supremacy,
privilege, and oppression. Participants will leave the workshop better equipped to effectively deal
with challenging situations that they are bound to encounter as change agents. In a nutshell, we
will discuss ways to fight smarter, not harder.
Talking About Race and Racial Privilege: Re-Imagining Discussions on Difficult Topics
Facilitators: Robin Parker and Toi-sing Woo
How can we “re-imagine” discussions about race and racial privilege? Race has been called the
“great American obsession.” Yet conversations about race in the United States usually will be
superficial if they happen at all. Without the ability to have productive conversations about race
and racial privilege, people will continue to find it impossible to critically analyze racial ideologies,
increase their compassion for others, address implicit bias, and dispel racial stereotypes and
misinformation. In this workshop, participants will explore why race conversations are difficult, and
learn practical techniques they can use to initiate quality conversations about race in family,
community, and work settings. In keeping with the conference theme, we will strive to spark new
insights on a critical issue affecting equity and justice in our society.
Teachers as Activists and Activists as Teachers: Dismantling white supremacy, privilege
and oppression in the classroom (Intermediate)
Facilitators: Shemariah J. Arki and Alice Ragland
This session aims to help educators dismantle the inadvertent racism in our educational
settings that exists when we fail to address issues of white supremacy, privilege and oppression in
the classroom. Failure to discuss these issues perpetuates the cycle of oppression, and the k-12
U.S. Educational system as a whole has been a bastion of injustice as a result. In order to reverse
this trend, we will provide a how-to session about discussing the difficult topics of white supremacy,
racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other systems of oppression with students of all ages. When
students are made aware of these issues, not only will equity begin to be practiced in the
classroom, but our youth will be more inclined to be change agents and to join the fight for
liberation for us all.
Teaching While White: Framing a Professional Development Program on Racial Identity &
Antiracism (Beginner)
Facilitators: Elizabeth Denevi and Mari Richards
This session will look at how PreK-12 schools can develop comprehensive professional
development programming that will both build collegial relationships and strengthen
student/teacher commitment to a more equitable and antiracist learning environment. We will
discuss how to begin a conversation about whiteness in schools that focuses on racial diversity as
academic excellence in the classroom. Then, we will discuss strategies for skill-building so
teachers can become more agile and able to address issues of whiteness, privilege, and racism
with each other and their students.
Tipping Points Towards Racial Justice: The Role of the Artist in Lifting the Veil of White
Identity (All Levels)
Facilitator: Jean Caiani
What can motivate white people to change their belief systems and engage in institutional and
collective change? Which educational approaches can be used to awaken and inspire this deep
shift in thinking? We know from the history of social movements that privileged people can be
affected in deeply emotional ways to transform themselves and join the movement for racial
justice. This session will explore the ways artists, in particular the work of author James Baldwin,
can influence white people today to reach this tipping point -- to engage in deep self examination
leading to collective action.
The Body Already Knows: A Re-Imagined Framework for Dismantling Race, Racism and
Whiteness and Achieving Racial Justice (Intermediate)
Facilitator: Heather W. Hackman
What stops any of us from taking action, what hampers our courage, what slows our resistance to
injustice? This workshop is based on two key ideas: The first is that the creation of Race (and the
system of racial oppression it supports) serves to unnaturally divide us from each other and disrupt
our inherent human connection. The second is that the 50 trillion cells in our bodies already know
how to live in just and supportive community and these patterns can serve as a powerful
framework for uprooting Whiteness and achieving racial justice. Thus the dismantling of Race,
Racism and Whiteness is not an idea or reality we “work toward” but rather a pathway that helps us
all “come home” to our rightful human interdependence. And it is in the space of this
interdependence, rooted in our bodies’ own knowledge, that we can find the deep sources of racial
liberation and healing.
The Evolution of Community Organizing and a Path Forward: How white privilege has
impacted the power of communities to break through the status quo (Intermediate)
Facilitator: Eva Creydt Schulte
Community organizing as a profession and practice in moving power toward communities of color
and low income neighborhoods is in a process of transformation. Movement moments led by
young leaders in Ferguson, Missouri and narrative power builders like #BlackLivesMatter have
positioned a new moment for leaders and organizations who are serious about rebalancing power
and creating communities of inclusion across our country. This session will focus on the diverse
manifestations of community organizing highlighting Missouri and indigenous leader led community
organizing. It will also equip participants with basic principles to build or re-center a community
organizing effort in their community. Organizing practices for moving from an ‘invisible organizer’
syndrome to an ‘emancipatory practitioner’ actualizer will be provided.
SCHOOLS: Ethnic studies benefit students of Color and White students alike.
Unfortunately, ethnic studies in predominately White schools face a significant barrier:
White people (All Levels)
Facilitator: Jon Greenberg
The benefits of ethnic studies for students of Color are well documented. The now-banned
Mexican American Studies (MAS) program, for example, dramatically reduced racial disparities in
public education and stemmed the school-to-prison pipeline. Since the attack on MAS,
communities have successfully organized for increased ethnic studies, but only in districts
predominately of Color. Through this workshop, learn about the urgent need to expand this
struggle into predominately White schools and districts. If White students are to better understand
this country’s history, White privilege, and current movements for racial justice like Black Lives
Matter, White students too need ethnic studies. Using the Seattle Race Curriculum Controversy—
in which one White family shut down a study of race in a predominately White school—as a case
study, learn more about recent trends to squelch ethnic studies, studies of race, and accurate
history of the United States. This workshop will also document inspirational youth activism, as
primarily White students did what few White students have done: they mobilized for ethnic studies.
The Roots of Racism in Christian Hegemony: Decolonizing our Thinking, Behavior, and
Public Policy (Beginner/Intermediate)
Facilitator: Paul Kivel
Before Europeans understood themselves as white they thought of themselves as Christians
participating in a cosmic battle between good and evil against all those labeled Other. Today,
Christian hegemony punishes the poor, destroys the environment, and contributes to our
seemingly endless “war on terror”. As our crises of financial meltdown, war, racism and
environmental destruction intensify, it is imperative that we dig beneath the surface of Christianity’s
benign reputation to examine how it undermines our interpersonal relationships, weakens our
communities and promotes injustice. Join Paul in a discussion of the impact of dominant
Christianity on our lives and on how Christians and those who are not Christian have resisted
oppression and built communities of healing and justice.
The Tapestry Model: Exploring Social Identities, Privilege, and Oppression from an
Intersectional Perspective (Intermediate)
Facilitator Diane J. Goodman
The Tapestry Model uses the metaphor of weaving a tapestry to illustrate key concepts of
intersectional theory and the interrelationships among various social identities and forms of
structural inequality. Using different colored threads to represent different social identities, the
image of a tapestry helps capture how social identities interweave within larger systems of privilege
and oppression, shaping people’s self-identities and lived experiences. In this experiential
workshop, we will use the tapestry model to explore the intersection of race and racism with other
social identities and forms of systemic inequality. Participants will gain a clearer understanding of
tenets of an intersectional framework, reflect on their own identities and experiences of oppression
and privilege, and consider how to apply this model in their work. The Tapestry Model can be used
both as a way to explicate central aspects of intersectionality and as a tool to explore one’s own
and others social identities and lived realities.
The Unwritten Rules of Success in U.S. Culture and the Connection to Power & Privilege
Facilitator: Tiffany Taylor Smith
Who determines success in U.S. culture? What does power and privilege look like in schools,
classrooms and offices? When you don’t know how to navigate the unwritten rules of race, class,
gender, religion or politics others can make judgements that will directly impact your success or
failure in any setting. The connections between implicit bias, microaggressions and cultural
competence and how these concepts directly influence our day to day cross-cultural experiences
will also be examined. Let’s come together and discuss the unwritten rules and strategies to level
the playing field and re-imagine equity and justice in U.S. culture.
The White Narrative’s Model Minority Label and its Impact on Blacks and Asians (All Levels)
Facilitators: Lori Watanabe Saginaw and Morghan Williams
Together, Lori, an Asian American, and Morghan, an African American, will jumpstart the workshop
by sharing their personal experiences with racial dynamics between Blacks and Asians. They'll
include their encounters with different racial micro-aggressions and struggles with stereotypes as
they relate to the White Narrative. Participants will then be invited to share in small groups their
experiences with stereotype entanglement and the multiple forms of oppression that show up as
the result of White Supremacy and White Privilege. Wrap up will consist of calling out selfdiscoveries, re-imagined relationships and personal strategies that can be used to break out of the
Transforming and Healing from the Legacy of Colonization and Whiteness (Advanced)
Facilitators: Natasha Aruliah, Sonali Sangeeta Balajee, Diane Goodman, Sally Leiderman,
Emily Morrison and Maggie Potapchuk
We would like you to contribute to building a critical literacy for justice, explicitly, but not exclusively
attentive to the construction of whiteness and the consequences of colonization. We will be
sharing highlights from our discussions this past year to identify core components of this critical
literacy--the necessary knowledge, skills, abilities, and actions for people to engage in personal
and systemic transformation toward decolonization, greater individual and community wellbeing,
and the elimination of white supremacy. What are key aspects of such learning and ways of being?
What are best or promising practices for changing system level and individual behaviors to reduce
or eliminate the negative consequences of white privilege, colonialism and racial injustice? We will
encourage participants to share stories about shifting people’s consciousness that have led to
institutional and community change. We will collectively think about how we can spark
conversations, dream and mobilize to interrupt white supremacy and move us toward the future we
Transracial Adoptees: Privileged and Oppressed (All Levels)
Facilitator: Timothy Rehberg
Our nation was built upon the foundation that everyone should receive Equity and Justice, however
the reality is that many of us have allowed perceptions, assumptions and stereotypes to shape and
affect how we interact with each other. In addition, we are witnessing an increase in individuals
and families of different races; crossing over the “lines” of ethnic and racial divides in order to form
multiple identities from within. This is especially true when it comes to the discussion of
transracial adoption where many transracial adoptees are attempting to navigate through their
identity through journeys within the framework of white privilege. Transracial adoptees are
constantly trying to determine who and what their identity is, sometimes not realizing that they
have the ability to ally with both people of color and white people to battle the prejudicial system,
simply due to the fact that they grew up and were adopted into white privilege.
Understanding the Role of Patriarchy in Supporting White Supremacy
Facilitators: Natalie J. Thoreson and Khalid Smith
In this interactive workshop we will learn explore the ways in which patriarchy in the US empowers
spaces of white supremacy. Patriarchy and white supremacy are parallel manifestations that
enable dominance of one group of people over another. People who are affected by one may not
question the other and may even assert their dominance in one arena to compensate for
oppression in another. For example, we see misogyny in hip hop culture and racism in feminism.
These oppressions are opposite sides of the same coin and progress cannot be made by
combatting one while reinforcing the other. This workshop aims to highlight the commonalities of
these two forms of oppression and support participants in identifying ways of combatting patriarchy
in support of deconstructing white supremacy.
Understanding White Privilege through Dialogue: An invitation to connect
Facilitator: Hsiao-wen Lo
If you ever find yourself getting frustrated with your neighbor, uncle, cousin, or coworker because
they are “racist” or just “wouldn’t get it,” come join us. In this workshop, we will first examine the
cognitive emotional and behavioral effects of White Privilege on individuals. Secondly, participants
will learn dialogue tools to connect with a person in ways that will allow them to better understand
the person’s experience and build (or rebuild) relationships needed to make changes.
Unlearning Whiteness and White Supremacy (Beginner/Intermediate)
Facilitator: Ryan Williams-Virden
This workshop utilizes the body of work already published around privilege and whiteness to
engage participants in self-study. The workshop begins by contextualizing whiteness within history
and exploring its purpose at different periods focusing on its fluidity and changing nature. The
workshop then shifts to building an understanding of white privilege as the result of white
supremacy. This places white supremacy as the center of the country’s institutions and interrupts
the system of thought which results. The workshop then introduces culture and cultural self-study
as the tool with which to articulate ways to act against white supremacy.
Using Meditation to Deconstruct Race and Racism (All Levels)
Facilitator: Kara Dansky
Description: Meditation is fundamentally about becoming familiar with our own minds and
examining our tendency to engage in habitual thinking, and this workshop proceeds from the
understanding that racism is an example of a habitual thought pattern. According to this logic, we
can use meditation to unpack race-based habitual thinking, and see how our own race-based
thinking connects with systemic racism. The workshop will include meditation instruction, talks on
race and racism, contemplation, and discussion. No prior experience with meditation is necessary.
Water is Life: R U Fighting for Your Life? (All Levels)
Facilitator: Lila Cabbil
The system of structural racism stole democracy through Emergency Management imposed on 7
Michigan cities with a majority African American population. This workshop chronicles the racial
inequities of the blatant practice of profits before people. Participants will gain an understanding of
how the people most impacted organized to protect their families and the community. Their
collective cries broke thru the media “black” out and exposed the global nature of the water crisis
beyond toxic water in Flint, water shut offs in Detroit, and fiscal high-jacking in Highland Park. A
Call to Action is a challenge to self examine, with accountability, for demonstrated individual
commitment to retain in the public trust, safe, clean, affordable water as a human right for all.
We Got This: Staying Grounded in Difficult times (All Levels)
Facilitator: Sam Offer
So much is happening in our country, communities and neighborhoods; and as social justice
change agents, we are expected to navigate and find a solution to all of it. We’ve worked hard to
support our students, staff, leaders, and communities in these challenging moments. However,
where do we go? What do we do to remain focused and committed to ourselves and our roles?
This interactive session provides a space to breathe, regroup and heal as we continue to do
amazing work in these difficult times.
What Happened to My Hood? White Supremacy, Gentrification and Displacement in
Philadelphia (Beginner/Intermediate)
Facilitators: Michaela Pommells and Reagan Price
Gentrification has been the cause of painful conflict in many American cities. Rooted in white
supremacy, privilege and oppression, it is a systemic, deliberate process of uprooting and
displacing poor communities of color. This session tells the story of Philadelphia neighborhoods
and the removal of historically oppressed communities from the early 20th century until present
time. We will explore examples of black solidarity as it relates to black urban resistance and
identify collective solutions to this collective problem. Participants will learn how gentrification
happens, who wins and who loses, and together we will explore what comes next in the fight for
our liberation.
“When the Curtain Falls, Community Action Begins”: Dismantling White Supremacy
through Theatre and Community Action in the Age of The New Jim Crow (All Levels)
Facilitators: Karen Gaffney and Caroline Hann
This interactive workshop will show participants how white supremacy fuels mass incarceration.
This session will also model the opportunities that arise through collaboration between a theatre
company, a community college, a women’s prison, a community anti-racism organization, and a
church. Facilitators will perform short sketches that involve workshop participants and will lead
discussion about strategies for collaboration and action.
'White American Islamophobia’ (All Levels)
Facilitator: Amer F. Ahmed
The post-9/11 era in the U.S. has exposed the large amount of hate and bigotry that White
America carries towards Muslim people. In 2012, a violent hate-motivated attack on a Sikh temple
in Wisconsin highlighted the fact that Islamophobia is not just an issue that only impacts Muslims in
America. Furthermore, the bigoted views of white conservatives like Bill O’Reilly and white liberals
such as Bill Maher unveil how Islamophobia is not a partisan issue. Meanwhile, racial profiling,
hate crimes and bullying continue to be widespread. This session will expose the industry of
peddling Islamophobia capitalizing on the ignorance of Islam and Muslims in America. It will clear
up the misinformation about Islam and Muslims and the socio-political implications of White
American Xenophobia.
White Educators: Strive for Deeper Equity and Justice by Knowing and Interrupting
Microaggressions (Intermediate)
Facilitators: Christine Saxman, Shelly Tochluk and Jamie Utt
Freedom is not possible if white people think they understand and avoid enacting
microaggressions, but actually do not. This workshop invites you to re-imagine your knowledge of
microaggressions in the service of equity and justice. How do different white racial identity
statuses, as described by Helms and Tatum, correspond to specific sets of microaggressions? By
investigating our racial identity in relation to patterns of behavior, we can locate our errors of
thinking in order to improve personal practice. Further, recognizing common patterns can help us
influence our white colleagues who want to dismiss and minimize the issue. Using the work of
Helms, Tatum, Sue, Tochluk and Utt, this workshop offers educators a nuanced and complex view
to create more equitable and just learning environments.
White Fragility (All Levels)
Facilitator: Robin DiAngelo
White people in the U.S. live in the context of white supremacy. This context provides an insular,
racially privileged social environment that builds our expectations for racial comfort while at the
same time lowering our tolerance for racial stress. I term this lack of racial stamina “White
Fragility.” White Fragility is a state in which even a minimal challenge to white entitlement and the
white worldview becomes intolerable, triggering a range of defensive moves including:
argumentation, invalidation, silence, withdrawal and claims of being “attacked” and not feeling
“safe.” These moves function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and maintain white supremacy. In
so doing, our freedom is limited and the movement we need to create racial equity and justice is
blocked. This workshop will provide an overview of white fragility and the perspectives and skills
needed for white people to build their racial stamina and re-imagine more equitable and just norms
and practices.
White Privilege and Implicit Bias: Dealing with Unconscious Stereotypes and Unpacking the
Invisible Knapsack (Beginner)
Facilitator: Arusha Gordon
This session has three goals: First, it will offer a background on implicit bias and examine how
unconscious stereotypes create white privilege. Second, the workshop will look at how implicit bias
and white privilege play out in our own lives on a day to day basis, as students, employees,
mentors, and engaged citizens. It will challenge participants to think critically about what
unconscious stereotypes they act on and how this perpetuates a system of white privilege. Finally,
the workshop will offer techniques for reducing implicit bias and white privilege at both the
individual level and at more systemic levels. This workshop is designed to engage participants in a
range of activities and uses a variety of different media and exercises. It asks participants to think
hard about implicit bias and white privilege in their own lives. Because there is a strong tendency
to discuss the biases of others without reflecting on how we might be part of the problem, this
workshop aims to provide space for participants to dig deep and reflect upon ways in which they
personally have relied on unconscious stereotypes and benefited from a system of white privilege.
White Privilege and Social Work Practice (Intermediate)
Facilitators: Ashley Davis and Barbara McQueen
Social workers constitute the largest group of mental health professionals, and the vast majority of
social workers identify racially as white. We serve clients in myriad practice settings. As racism
permeates our society, so too are its toxic effects present in all of the settings where we practice.
In this interactive and experiential workshop, we will explore the dynamics when white social
workers provide services cross-racially and with white clients. We will consider how helping
relationships are situated within the larger context of oppression and privilege, and how we might
practice in ways that challenge white supremacy. As two white clinical social workers, we will share
examples from our own practice, solicit participants’ stories, and discuss vignettes. Together, we
will grapple with the responsibilities, challenges, and possibilities for white social workers and other
helping professionals who are committed to promoting racial justice.
White Privilege Gone Overseas: Teaching On Whiteness with an Intercultural Perspective
Facilitator: Sherwood Smith
According to data from the Association of International Educator’s website, 76% of US higher
education students studying overseas identify as Anglo/White and the majority study in Europe.
Intercultural work is grounded in an understanding of self (Sorells, 2012) and yet until recently
(Sorrells, 2012) there is a lack of material for teaching about whiteness and white privilege from an
intercultural perspective has had few challengers (Allen, 1994). This suggests that to prepare all
students, but especially Anglo/White identified students, for the intercultural experience of
international study demands a nuanced and critical understanding of three things: culture, privilege
and white identity. This session provides an introduction to tools for engaging participants in
understanding White identity from an international perspective and can enhance a US awareness
of the impact and historical significance of white privilege’s both in the USA and overseas.
White Teachers: How do we engage without our capes? (Intermediate)
Facilitator: Kim Radersma
Schools are crucial spaces that reproduce racial inequities; therefore, teaching (a profession
dominated by white women in North America) provides ripe opportunities to challenge white
supremacy. This interactive discussion will invite white teachers to examine the common
benevolence and sympathy bestowed on students of color seen in “white saviours” and “white
helpers,” and to consider, rather, how white teachers can authentically engage in anti-oppression
efforts--a strategic task that requires a strong commitment and an ongoing analysis of our
Whose Deficit?: Racial Achievement Gaps and White Supremacy
Facilitator: Hilary Beard
Traditionally, conversations about achievement gaps have focused upon deficits in Black, Latino
and low-income children, with White children portrayed as the norm. This deficit model stigmatizes
children of color and low-income children as well as their families as the institutional, systemic and
structural injustices, such as the structural racism and White supremacy that underlie the
disparities, remain invisible and unnamed. The approach also immorally elevates White children to
everyone’s detriment, including their won. Achievement typically accompanies opportunity. That
said, structural injustices run so deep that even in resource rich settings, hidden racial opportunity
gaps can exist. What’s more, internalized White supremacy can create curricula, classroom
conditions and pedagogical styles that not only marginalize children of color but also can depress
the children’s test scores and trigger reactions such as stereotype threat. This session explores
achievement gaps through the lens of difference in opportunity; examines the roles that White
privilege and White supremacy play in creating and maintaining such disparities; and suggests
practical strategies that educators, parents and children can use to help level the playing field.
Why Whites Love/Hate Hip Hop (All Levels)
Facilitator: Frederick W. Gooding, Jr.
Have you ever listened to Hip Hop? Or watched a Hip Hop video on TV? Or listened to someone
recite rhymes while they listened intently with their headphones on? If so, then you are in the right
session! In this dynamic workshop, we start with the principle that Hip Hop performs an important
social function, and consequently so do the mental images generated within it. We start by
examining why Hip Hop holds such an important place in our culture and explore its mass market
global appeal. We seek to understand how something so controversial and marginal could become
so mainstream and central to whites. This session infuses historical contextualization as a
backdrop against exploration of particular genres, artists, styles, sounds, images, and rhetorical
techniques within the Hip Hop movement. By exploring the various literary, musical, and
methodological techniques employed in Hip Hop, attendees will better hear and feel the messages,
meanings, and impact of this artistic form and see (or hear) how they can better understand how to
use this powerful medium to better connect with “today’s listener.”
Working from the Inside Out: Re-imagining Models of Institutional Organizing (All Levels)
Facilitators: Kara Bender and Derrick Dawson
Organizing for racial equity in your communities, workplaces, and houses of worship is challenging,
yet critical work, given the way white supremacy and other forms of oppression are so entrenched
in our institutions. Have you found yourself asking: “What are effective organizing models for
changing the organizations I am apart of and love?” “How do I begin to re-imagine tired methods
of countering the patterns of inequity and oppression built into the culture and policies of my
institution?” In this workshop, Crossroads Anti-Racism Organizing and Training introduces
participants to our model for creating internal Transformation Teams within institutions. These
Teams are trained to do internal assessments that expose oppressive structures and practices
and develop and implement strategic organizing plans that equip organizational stakeholders with
tools and skills to build an anti-oppressive culture, and organize sustainably to implement life
giving, racially just policies and procedures. Partnering with institutions around the country, we will
share a case study of a group that, by applying these internal organizing approaches cultivated a
transformed organization, which then sparked creative initiatives in their wider community.
“You Mean, There's White People in My Movie?" (All Levels)
Facilitator: Frederick W. Gooding, Jr.
Did you know that there is race in your movie?! Prepare yourself, for this is the report that
Hollywood doesn’t want you to see! This session provides a structured forum for discussing and
analyzing the ways in which Hollywood consistently marginalizes minority characters at the
expense of consistently glamorized white characters. Learn specifically how to identify six primary
character patterns occupied by both minority and white characters, and explore the reasons behind
their creation and perpetuation. This session should particularly benefit those who are interested in
understanding both covert and overt discriminatory patterns within mainstream media, educators
and community activists concerned with deconstructing public imagery, and general movie fans at
large. We guarantee that after this presentation, you will never see movies the same way again!
A Special Thank You to our WPC17 Presenters!
WPC is made possible with the support, interest and dedication of our
many keynote presenters, film screening facilitators,
institute/workshop presenters and the YAP Team.
Please join us in a special THANK YOU to everyone that has dedicated
their time and expertise at WPC17.
If you are interested in presenting at WPC18, let us know.
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154 Total Booths: 139-10’x10’ 15-6’x10’
Franklin A
54 Total Booths: 51-10’x10’ 3-6’x10’
Franklin B
100 Total Booths: 88-10’x10’ 12-6’x10’
Meeting Room
Franklin 1
Sq. Ft.
Meeting Room
Sq. Ft.
Salon A, B, C & D (each)
Salon E, F, G & H (each)
Salon I, J, K & L (each)
Registration I & ll (each)
Meeting Room 501 & 502 (each)
Grand Ballroom
7:30-9:30 AM
Check-In & Registration for
Institute Participants
9:00 AM-5:30 PM
Thursday Institutes
Advanced Registration
9:00 AM-5:30 PM
Black Male Think Tank – 4
6:00-8:00 PM
Conference Registration
8:00-10:00 PM
Film Screenings
6:30-7:15 AM
Walkin,’ Talkin’ and Moore with the
6:30-7:15 AM
Walkin,’ Talkin’ and Moore with
the Founder
8:30-10:30 AM
Check-In, Registration, Information
7:30-10:30 AM
Check-In, Registration, Information
9:00-10:30 AM
Opening Ceremony featuring High
School Youth Spoken Word, Music
and Reflections
7:00-10:30 AM
Check-In, Registration, Information
8:30-10:30 AM
Welcome & Keynote
Jim Loewen
The Race Doctor
8:30-10:30 AM
Welcome & Keynote
Jasiri X and Yusef Salaam
Special Performance from 1Hood
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Concurrent Workshops (#1)
11:00 AM-12:30 PM
Concurrent Workshops (#3)
2:00-3:30 PM
Action Planning and Concurrent
Workshops (#4)
4:30-6:30 PM
Caucus Time
2:45-4:15 PM
Concurrent Workshops (#6)
1:00-2:30 PM
Concurrent Workshops (#5)
1:00-6:00 PM
Sunday Institutes
Advanced Registration Required
11:30 AM-1:00 PM
Lunch at Leisure
10:30-11:30 AM
Howard C. Stevenson
12:30-2:30 PM
Lunch at Leisure
4:00-5:30 PM
Concurrent Workshops (#2)
3:45-5:15 PM
Caucus Time
12:30-2:00 PM
Lunch at Leisure
5:45-7:15 PM
Caucus Time
2:30-3:30 PM
Vernā Myers
7:30-9:00 PM
Meet the Speaker, Book- Signing,
YAP Poetry Slam and Reception
7:30-8:30 PM
Comedy & Moore
6:00-7:15 PM
Community Dinner
Optional, Advanced Registration
9:00-10:30 PM
Film Screenings
8:30-10:00 PM
Film Screenings

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