More than Fragility: A Deep Dive into Understanding & Dismantling Whiteness
On November 11th, 2019 join Equity in the Center (EiC) in Chicago for a half-day learning experience designed for white leaders to explore how their identity connects to their capacity to lead and engage in racial justice work
Do you identify as a white leader in a nonprofit or philanthropic organization? Are you managing or engaging in DEI/race equity initiatives, or interested in learning more about how this work connects to your identity and role as an ally for racial justice in your organization/community? If so, we hope you will join us for a workshop with Heather Hackman, of Hackman Consulting Group, who spoke at our 2018 EiC Summit. “More than Fragility: A Deep Dive into Understanding and Dismantling Whiteness” is a half-day learning experience designed for white leaders to explore how their identity connects to their capacity to lead and engage in racial justice work.
While the history of White people’s use of fragility as a tool for deflection, denial and erasure of whiteness is important to understand, there are other deeply fixed dynamics in play regarding white engagement with racial issues that must be understood if we are to achieve racial justice. Knowing that Whiteness resides in the mind, body and spirit, it follows that Whiteness must be understood and dismantled on all of those levels. And, while many White people have been open to addressing the “mind” aspect of this work, very few have been willing to make the turn into the somatic and the “spirit” levels of racial justice work. This session examines Whiteness in this holistic manner, and through this lens offers touchpoints for more embodied, liberatory action on the part of White participants. The session is best suited to those who already have a solid knowledge of race, racism and whiteness, and asks that participants come ready to engage and lean hard into racial justice work.
This workshop is being held in conjunction with Equity in the Center’s pre-convening to Upswell.