What is “whiteness,” and how do concepts like “white privilege” and “white supremacy” contribute to anti-Black racism and systemic racism? Where do we see whiteness on campus (what does it mean to say that CU Boulder is “so white”)? How can we engage the CU Boulder community about these issues, and how can white people address and combat white privilege and white supremacy in our classrooms, our departments, and the campus at large? Our faculty panelists (who all identify as white) will each discuss how they “unpack whiteness” and what that phrase means to them in their efforts to be anti-racism educators and allies. For this Difficult Dialogues session we invite the CU Boulder community to also be in conversation about these issues. We know that there is a lot of talk: we are hoping this session about whiteness results in action items that white allies can take away to end white supremacy. Given COVID-19, we will be hosting this event through Zoom. Please fill out this google form to pose a question for panelists to consider ahead of the session: https://forms.gle/Dt9kJQVm83ExD6Ep6
Zoom Link: https://cuboulder.zoom.us/j/99370738796 • Webinar ID: 993 7073 8796
The event is Wednesday September 9th from 12:00pm - 1:15pm MT and will feature Max Boykoff from Environmental Studies, Sam Flaxman from Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Bethy Leonardi from Education, and Phaedra Pezzullo from Communication.