Session A7

8th Annual CNM Conference on Teaching and Learning

Participating in a White Affinity Group To Extend and Deepen Anti-Racism Work

Michelle Jewett (CNM/Online); Jessica Apgar (CNM/CHSS/Education)

Salon C, 10:00 a.m. - 11:10 a.m.

White affinity groups provide structure and space for people who identify as white to examine what it means to be white within white supremacy culture, to explore internalized racism, and to work to identify and confront institutional racism. This session invites white-identifying participants who want to further their anti-racism work to participate in a white affinity group. This is vulnerable, uncomfortable, and collaborative work that requires trust and courage. Together we will discuss how the values of white supremacy culture have impacted us as individuals, how it shows up in our schools and classrooms, as well as steps we can take to co-create a more equitable, human-centered society. While we are open to differing perspectives, this session is grounded in the assertion that systemic racism is real and white people must take the lead in dismantling it. Therefore, individuals who would like to debate this premise and related content are invited to contact the presenters outside this session for deeper discussion.

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