Course Overview

Dates: July 19-23, 2021, 5-7PM EST
Trainers: Samantha Martinez, M.Phil.Ed. and Maureen Fleming, M.Phil.Ed.

This course was developed specifically for White-identified people to understand their own racial stories – and with the intent to educate participants on how they can improve interpersonal relationships and increase allyship to BIPOC friends, colleagues and family members. 

Over the duration of the course, trainers will help participants understand the elements of Whiteness that can be difficult to acknowledge, but that are integral to most White people’s racial stories, such as incidents where harm was inflicted on BIPOCs by participants’ actions, inactions, or reactions. 

In addition, trainers will introduce a common vocabulary (e.g., intersectionality, White fragility) and provide historical context encompassing the impact of White action/inaction/reaction (e.g., White feminism). 

Throughout the course, examples of reactions to racially stressful events will be examined and shared, with the opportunity to reflect, journal and share how these reactions may have inflicted racial harm – as well as the opportunity to implement steps toward change. 

Course Outcomes

Upon completion of the course, participants will be able to apply concepts of antiracism and intersectionality to their personal and professional lives; learn how to actively listen, process and take responsibility for microaggressions; and identify ways to improve interpersonal relationships with BIPOCs.

Class Format

The number of participants will be capped at 10 to ensure a safe, intimate space for all.