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Dialogue Series: Unpacking Whiteness and Radical Healing

Fall 2022 Dialogue Series 

Understanding the unique dialogues that take place in spaces of education, unlearning, healing, and cross-cultural dialogue, Tufts University now offers two dialogue series sessions 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.

Radical Healing Dialogue Series

Radical Healing creates an important, safe space for staff and faculty at Tufts whose racial demographics are categorized as “BIPOC.” BIPOC stands for Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. While BIPOC is often interpreted to mean Black, it is neither limited to Black, Indigenous, and People of Color, nor does the acronym respect all the multiracial aspects in which people self-identify. BIPOC is a short form that assumes Black, Indigenous, and People of Color are monoliths. This makes the abbreviation as complicated as world histories of race, racism, and race relations. 

So, how might you determine if Radical Healing is a dialogue designed with benefits to fit your needs?

The following questions may be helpful: 

  1. Do you identify with the experience of being the only or one of a few in predominately white spaces on campus? 
  2. Do you believe it is important to constantly stay educated on DEIJ-topics and refine your strategies for transforming the fatigue often associated with being the only one or one of a small few? 
  3. Does it sound liberating to be in a community where you see shades of yourself, and neither need to explain your identity, nor constantly code switch? 

 If you answered YES to any or all these questions, then Radical Healing is an invitation specifically for you. And all your identities are invited!  

The Radical Healing space is carved out with the intention to be a safe place for those who have traditionally been marginalized due to centuries old forms of systemic and institutional oppression inherent in society. At the heart of Radical Healing is a knowing that everyone wants to feel included, accepted, and like they belong at work, and that marginalized and oppressed people all over the world deserve to live free of discrimination, racism, and oppression. 

Fall 2022 Schedule: Mondays from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.

Session 1: Monday, October 17th 10:00am – 11:30am

Session 2: Monday, October 24th 10:00am – 11:30am

Session 3: Monday, October 31st 10:00am – 11:30am

Session 4: Monday, November 7th 10:00am – 11:30am

Session 5: Monday, November 14th 10:00am – 11:30am

Session 6: Monday, November 28th 10:00am – 11:30am

Session 7: Monday, December 5th 10:00am – 11:30am

Session 8: Monday, December 12th 10:00am – 11:30am

 

Unpacking Whiteness Dialogue Series

Curated for White participants holding spaces of privilege, 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.

Fall 2022 Sessions (starting October 17, 2022 and ending December 15, 2022):

Mondays 2-3:30 p.m. facilitated by Chelcie Rowell

Tuesdays  8-9:30 a.m. facilitated by Colin Gerrity

Thursdays 12-1:30 p.m. facilitated by Heather Barry

 

Program Information

The series brings together participants university-wide who aim to interrogate their understandings of Whiteness as a social construct that works in sometimes hidden ways to give rise to racial injustice in the United States.    

This series is free and open to all full-time Tufts staff and faculty. Graduate students are not permitted to participate in this series unless they are full-time Tufts employees. 

Dialogue Series cohorts are small and intimate to foster honest and open dialogue. Therefore, early registration is highly recommended. Those who are not able to attend a fall session will be contacted about future sessions and alerted if space becomes available. 

Time Commitment and Expectations 

All program sessions are led by Tufts facilitator-participants who have unique subject matter expertise and 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. 

Participants are provided with 3-5 readings/videos/podcasts and accompanying reflection questions to complete ahead of each 90-minute session. This structure allows for meaningful personal investigation into the discussion topics.  

 Should you register to participate in one of these dialogues, we will presume you have received support from your direct supervisor to participate.  

Interested?

We are excited to gauge community interest for our current remote offerings and the possibility of future hybrid sessions. Please indicate your preferred session at the links below. After, you will receive a follow-up email to complete registration and select your preferred session dates and times.

Radical Healing:

Remote ONLY

HYBRID

Unpacking Whiteness: 

Remote ONLY

HYBRID

 

Questions?

For questions or more information about Radical Healing, please contact Sara Niño, Associate Director for Diversity & Inclusion Education, at Sara.Nino@tufts.edu.

For questions or more information about Unpacking Whiteness, please contact Rikki Morrow-Spitzer, Associate Director for Diversity & Inclusion Education, at Rikki.Morrow_Spitzer@tufts.edu.