Registration: White Fragility and our Teaching: A Faculty Learning Community


01-Apr-2020 | 12:00 PM-1:30 PM


OTL Conference Room (Anderson Academic Commons 345)



Valentina LaGrave & Karen Swanson


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This Faculty Learning Community is centered around Robin DiAngelo's White Fragility book. DiAngelo brings "language to the emotional structures that make true discussions about racial attitudes difficult [and] in doing so, [she] moves our national discussion forward with new rules of engagement."

We will explore how the phenomenon of white fragility impacts how we show up in the classroom, and how we make space for all our students to grow and thrive. Our goal is to unpack "how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively" to increase our intrapersonal and interpersonal awareness and enact Inclusive Excellence.

Co-facilitated by OTL Directors Dr. Valentina LaGrave and Dr. Karen Swanson. This is a collaborative Faculty Learning Community structured around book chapters. Participants will take turns leading the discussion, and will receive a copy of DiAngelo's book once registration is closed.

We will meet every other week on Wednesdays, beginning on April 1st in the OTL Conference Room. Please feel free to bring your lunch and anything else to be comfortable in the community.

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