Exploring Whiteness: Unlearning Racism and Understanding Privilege

Start Date and Time: 
Wednesday, January 16, 2019 - 6:00pm to Wednesday, February 27, 2019 - 8:30pm
Organization Name: 
Santa Fe Community Foundation

7 Wednesdays, January 16 – February 27, 2019
Two groups – Afternoons, 2:30 – 5:00  or  Evenings, 6:00 - 8:30 pm
Santa Fe Community Foundation, 501 Halona Street, Santa Fe NM 87505 (wheelchair accessible)  
Applications due by January 2. (Those received after Jan. 2 considered on a space available basis.)

Beginning with deepening our understanding of the historical and social roots of racism in the US, we then look at our own personal conditioning around race and whiteness, helping us to more effectively work towards racial justice. Using mindfulness practices, home study, videos, discussion, role play and reflection, we will explore the ways we unintentionally carry racist bias and unknowingly participate in systemic racism, causing harm to people of color, to ourselves, and the world we live in.

Topics include: the history of race in the US, institutional and systemic racism, white privilege, white fragility, and building our capacities to more effectively recognize and counter racism.

Our curriculum is designed for white people. We also know that race is complex. Anyone who wants to explore their own white privilege is welcome to join us.

Course Expectations 
All participants must watch the three-part PBS series Race: The Power of an Illusion before the first class, links provided. Please expect to commit 1.5 - 2 hours per week to home study between classes, including readings, videos, podcasts, etc. This enables us to use the class time for integration and application of these materials. We ask that participants commit to the entire course. Diving into the dynamics of race and whiteness is turning toward racial suffering. It’s not easy and you may feel tempted to turn away. We are seeking participants who commit to supporting each other in this work with compassion and constructive engagement.

Limited to 20 participants in each section, accepted by application. There is no set fee for the course – participants can support this work by making donations. Email [email protected] for more information, a link to the application or to join our email list.

From previous participants:
“The progression was helpful, as it built a historical foundation that was strengthened over the weeks.”

“Wonderful. I am grateful for, not just the knowledge shared, but also the vulnerability, humility, “realness.”

“This study has been amazingly transformative to me. I have lived the last 40 years of my life in a multi-cultural family and now feel like a nascent being on these topics.”

Contact / Reservations
Santa Fe Community Foundation, 501 Halona Street
Santa Fe
New Mexico

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