Robin DiAngelo + Erin Trent Johnson + Aaron Morrison
Wednesday July 18: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
In this groundbreaking and timely book, antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of "white fragility". Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo explores how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
Join us in the Rare Book Room as Robin DiAngelo sits down with Senior Writer from Mic, Aaron Morrison, and Community Equity Partner's CEO Erin Trent Johnson to talk about her book.
This event is being co-hosted with Mic.com.
Robin DiAngelo received her PhD in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2004. Dr. James Banks was her dissertation Chair. She earned tenure at Westfield State University, where she has taught courses in Multicultural Teaching, Inter-group Dialogue Facilitation, Cultural Diversity & Social Justice, and Anti-Racist Education. DiAngelo’s primary areas of research are in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis, explicating how Whiteness is reproduced in everyday narratives. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. DiAngelo resigned from her position at Westfield State in 2015. She is currently writing and presenting full-time. Her work on White Fragility has been featured or cited in Salon, NPR, Slate, Alternet, the Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Seattle Times. For over 20 years, DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer on issues of racial and social justice, working with a wide-range of organizations including private, non-profit, and governmental. She was recently appointed to co-design the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative Anti-Racism training (with Darlene Flynn). Of her personal life, DiAngelo writes, “I grew up poor and white. While my class oppression has been relatively visible to me, my race privilege has not. In my efforts to uncover how race has shaped my life, I have gained deeper insight by placing race in the center of my analysis and asking how each of my other group locations have socialized me to collude with racism. In so doing, I have been able to address in greater depth my multiple locations and how they function together to hold racism in place. I now make the distinction that I grew up poor and white, for my experience of poverty would have been different had I not been white.”
Erin Trent Johnson is the CEO and principal coach, facilitator, and consultant for Community Equity Partners (CEP) and serves as the Senior Advisor for The Equity Lab. Erin works with organizations in the education, non-profit, government, and tech arenas that are committed to creating equitable and inclusive practices. Erin’s approach to coaching and leadership development helps organization leaders notice, name and disrupt systemic barriers to equity and inclusion within themselves and their organizations. As a coach and facilitator, Erin provides a dynamic learning experience for leaders that fosters personal and professional growth, transforms organizational culture and leads to community impact. Erin has nearly fifteen years of experience and leadership in education, community organizing and community development which has prepared her to support leaders in solving their own problems of equity and community building. Prior to founding TJA, Erin led a systems-level racial equity initiative across multiple K-12 public schools including teacher and leader training, talent recruitment and retention, and family and community engagement in Philadelphia; founded a community health and empowerment initiative, and led corporate social responsibility for a mission-driven urban retail business focused on job skill and youth development. At her core, Erin is committed to justice for communities of color and supporting the leaders and communities to achieve their vision of liberation. Erin is a Certified Professional Coach and has received racial equity and inclusion training with The National Equity Project, People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, The Racial Empowerment Collaborative at the University of Pennsylvania, and The National Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity (SEED) Project. Erin has a Master’s in Public Administration degree from the Fels School of Government at the University of Pennsylvania and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science from Hampton, University.