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Interested in registering for one of the Fall 2021 Unpacking Whiteness Dialogue Series? Review our offerings and apply at the appropriate link below!

Understanding the unique dialogues that take place in spaces of education and unlearning and spaces of healing and cross-cultural dialogue, Tufts University now offers two newly expanded 8-week dialogue series that bring together small groups of participants from across Tufts University who aim to interrogate their understanding of Whiteness as a social construct that works in sometimes hidden ways to give rise to racial injustice in the United States.

Unpacking Whiteness: Consciousness Raising Dialogue Series

Curated for White participants holding spaces of privilege, the Unpacking Whiteness creates a space for participants to find community and support in learning and understanding how to practice anti-racism in their daily lives. Anti-racism is an active and ongoing process of identifying and eliminating racism by changing systems, organizational structures, policies, practices, and attitudes in a way that redistributes power, policy, and structures to be more equitable, while drawing attention to the lived experiences of Black people, Indigenous people, and people of color. Please see the timeslots below and Apply Today!

Mondays, 12:30-2pm, Sept 27, Oct 4, 18, 25, Nove 1, 8, 15, 22 (Facilitator: Chantal Zakari)
Tuesdays 7:30-9am, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 & Nov 2, 9, 16, 23 (Facilitator: Colin Gerrity)
Tuesdays, 8-9:30am, Oct 12, 19, 26, Nov 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 (Facilitator: Helen Williams)
Tuesdays, 12-1:30pm, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 & Nov 2, 9, 16, 23 (Facilitator: Madeline "Maddie" Key)
Tuesdays, 12-1:30pm, Oct 5, 12, 19, 26 & Nov 2, 9, 16, 23 (Facilitator: Heather Barry)
Wednesdays, 12:30-2pm, Oct 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov 3, 10, 17, 24 (Facilitator: Jill Parlee)
Thursdays, 3-4:30pm, Sept 23, 30 & Oct 7, 14, 21, 28 & Nov 4, 18 (Facilitator: Emilia Salazar)
Fridays, 8:30-10am, Sept 24 & Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & Nov 5, 12 (Facilitator: Sarah Stockwell)
Fridays, 11:30-1pm, Oct 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19, Dec 3, Dec 10 (Facilitator: Chelcie Juliet Rowell)
Fridays, 12-1:30pm, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19 (Facilitator: Nicole Anderson)
Fridays, 2-3:30pm, Oct 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov 5, 12, 19 (Facilitator: Jillian Destone)

Unpacking Whiteness: Radical Healing Dialogue Series

Curated for Staff and Faculty of Color experiencing the impacts of systemic oppression, Unpacking Whiteness: Radical Healing creates a space for healing in response to racism and the impacts of whiteness. Through an examination of racial conditioning and processing traumas associated with racism and other forms of oppression, participants will be empowered to share traumas, healing tactics, dialogue and more to learn concrete and abstract strategies around radical healing form the traumatic perils of whiteness and racism. See the schedule below and Apply Today!

Mondays, 10-11:30am, Oct 18, 25 & Nov 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 & Dec 13 (Facilitator: S. Rae Peoples)

All sessions, among both programs, are led by a Tufts facilitator who has unique training to facilitate these sessions. Our facilitators seek to create a space where people can speak with candor about their personal experiences with race, racism, and Whiteness. In this spirit, participants are expected to attend and contribute to every session.

In addition to attending eight 90-minute dialogues sessions, participants are provided with 3-5 readings/videos/podcasts, and accompanying reflection questions ahead of each week’s session- amount to 1-2 hours of reading per week. Participants are expected to read all materials and mediate on reflection questions in advance of each meeting (this reflection can be cognitive, no writing necessary unless it is helpful to you). This structure allows for meaningful personal investigation into the topics presented in the materials, which include White privilege, White fragility, structural racism, outcomes of historical policymaking, explicit and implicit bias, and intersectionality.

Drawing on the resource materials as a common starting point, the richness of the groups comes from each participant’s willingness to actively examine the influence of Whiteness on their own racial identity and personal experiences, as well as on our society and institutions. Each 90-minute session provides participants with the opportunity to share deeply, to listen, and to reflect.

Both series in the Unpacking Whiteness Dialogue Program are free of charge and sponsored by the Office of the Provost.

Unpacking Whiteness sessions run at various times throughout the week. Click on the registration link for the corresponding program to view the schedule of sections.

This series is open to all full-time Tufts staff and faculty through Fall 2021. Participants are encouraged to employ discretion in what series to register for and are encouraged to read each description closely.

Graduate students are not permitted to participate in this series, unless they are full-time Tufts employees.

Participants are expected to attend all eight sessions and are not permitted to switch groups during the length of the program.  Should you register to participate in one of these dialogues, we will presume you have received permission from your direct supervisor to participate.

Fall Registration will conclude on September 17, 2021.

See the registration links above next to each program description.  Please read the description before selecting an offering.

Contact Maren Greathouse, Associate Director for Diversity & Inclusion Education at for more information.