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Processing Whiteness Group for Faculty and Staff

Wed, February 13th, 2019
12:30 pm
- 1:45 pm

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An event every week that begins at 12:30pm on Wednesday, repeating until Wed, April 17th, 2019

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The Processing Whiteness group at Williams College provides opportunities to analyze and understand white identity, white privilege and racism in a supportive environment that focuses on the experiences of the participants. The group will help participants learn to speak about the historical and contemporary implications of white identity, examine race and racism, identify implicit bias and feelings of shame and explore and practice allyship and interrupting racism.

The work of the group relies on multiple resources, including Witnessing Whiteness: The Need to Talk about Race and How to Do It by Shelly Tochluk, academic articles, videos, music, and art. Participants will reflect upon their own experiences in light of the reading materials individually, as well as through experiential activities in pairs, triads, and with the entire group. But first and foremost, the focus of the group is about participants’ own lives.*

This group aspires to:

  • Develop a better understanding of the intersections of race and social, political and economic systems

  • Develop community with others committed to creating positive change in all aspects of our lives: at home, at work, and in our communities

  • “Build knowledge, skills, capacities, and communities that support anti-racism practices” (Tochluk)

  • Consider the language used to discuss identity and practice how to engage in dialogue around identity

*The Processing Whiteness group is meant as “…a supplement to, not a replacement for, multi-racial dialogues and activism between white people and people of color. It’s important that white people give space in their lives to learning from and bearing witness to people of color’s experiences of racism.” (www.awarela.org)

Integrative Wellbeing Services Fellow Ruby Solomon, College Rabbi Seth Wax, and Professor of German Gail Newman will guide the Processing Whiteness group through eight 1.25-hour sessions over the duration of the Spring 2019 semester. The group will meet on Wednesdays from 12:30 – 1:45 pm in Hollander 317 on the following dates: 2/13, 2/20, 2/27, 3/6, 3/13, 4/3, 4/10, and 4/17. It is understood that participants might not be able to attend every session, but it is important that participants commit to the group process and attend as often as possible. The group will be capped at 16 participants.

There will be no costs for participants to participate in this program. Williams College has several copies of the book Witnessing Whiteness for free for faculty and staff who participate in the group. A light lunch will be offered. To sign up or for more information please contact Ruby Solomon: rts1@williams.edu.

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