Published: Sept. 9, 2020

Difficult Dialogues Flyer

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. 

The event was Wednesday September 9th, 2020 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.

*Please note that we actively choose not to record Difficult Dialogues events, given the sensitive nature of topics and questions that may be asked in response to the selected topics.