WHAT IS THE SCOPE OF THIS DIALOGUE SERIES? This 6-week dialogue series brings 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. The groups are led by a Tufts facilitator who helps 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 readings, videos, podcasts, and accompanying reflection questions ahead of each week’s session. 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.
HOW MUCH WORK WILL THESE GROUPS EXPECT OF PARTICIPANTS? In addition to attending six 90-minute dialogues sessions, participants will be asked to read approximately 20 articles and watch a few videos outside of the meetings.
HOW MUCH DOES THIS PROGRAM COST?
The Unpacking Whiteness Dialogue Series is free of charge and sponsored by the Office of the Provost.
WHO MAY ATTEND? This series is open to all full-time Tufts staff and faculty through Spring 2021, regardless of how participants self -identify racially or ethnically. Graduate students are not permitted to participate unless they are already PT/FT University employees.
WHEN WILL THESE DIALOGUE GROUPS MEET?
The Unpacking Whiteness Dialogue Series consists of six 90-minute sessions, held once a week over 6 weeks. We are offering three different time slots (Choose Only One):
Mondays, 10:00-11:30pm, Anne Moore (facilitator) -FULL
Mondays, 1:00-2:30pm, Maddie Key (facilitator)- FULL
Tuesdays, 7:30-9:00am, Misha D'Andrea (facilitator) (Feb 2/9/16/23 & March 2/9)
Tuesdays, 10:00-11:30am, Kelly O'Byrne (facilitator) (Feb 9/16/23 & March 2/9/16)
Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00pm, Jill Parlee (facilitator) (Feb 3/10/17/24 & March 3/10)
Wednesdays, 5:30-7:00pm, Steve Luz-Alterman (facilitator) (Feb 24 & March 3/10/17/24/31)
Thursdays, 7:30-9:00am, Erica Schattle (facilitator) (Feb 4/11/18/25 & March 4/11)
Thursdays, 12:00-1:30pm, Emilia Salazar (facilitator) (Feb 4/11/26 & March 4/11/18
Thursdays, 1:30-3:00pm, Helen Williams (facilitator) (Feb 11/18/25 & March 4/11/18)
Fridays, 12:00-1:30pm, Chelcie Juliet Rowell (facilitator)- FULL
Fridays, 2:00-3:30pm, Jillian Destone (Facilitator)(Feb 5/12/19/26 & March 5/12)
Participants are expected to attend all six sessions and are not permitted to switch groups during the length of the program. We are offering three separate weekday options and locations. Should you register to participate in one of these dialogues, we will presume you have received permission from your direct supervisor to participate.
WHAT IS THE REGISTRATION DEADLINE? The deadline to register is January 8, 2021 (first come first served).
HOW DO I REGISTER? To register for this program, please click here.
QUESTIONS? Contact Maren Greathouse, Associate Director for Diversity & Inclusion Education at 617-627-0705.