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Unpacking Sexism and White Privilege in Pursuit of Racial Justice

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How do gender oppression and white privilege work together to create misunderstandings, missed collaborations, and acts of supremacy?

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We are at a particular moment in the United States where the need for White women to understand and effectively navigate multicultural partnerships has become a regular part of the public discourse. We’ve seen many news stories of white women threatening Black lives by calling the police on Black people for anything from trying to enter their own apartments, talking in pools, building patios on their own property, to telling them to leash their dogs. We’ve also witnessed White women’s racist anti-Asian rants caught on video. In the 2020 election, White women provided an even larger base of support for Donald Trump than in 2016 and actively participated in the January 2021 Insurrection at the Nation’s Capital Building. We have also shown up in large numbers at Black Lives Matter protests and worked to mobilize our White colleagues, friends, and families across the country to oppose racist violence.

At the same time as we’re seeing heightened awareness of racism, we are experiencing a public reckoning with sexism as witnessed in the Womxn's March, #MeToo, and the upsurge in intersectional feminism. In all of these instances, White women have both hindered and helped to advance social justice.

While White women face experiences of gender oppression, we also benefit from White privilege. In what ways do these two phenomena work together to create misunderstandings, missed collaborations, and acts of supremacy?

​In this 2-day workshop (October 28th-29th) we use a developmental model to examine how our identities change as we grow in our understanding of personal and institutional oppression. Given the virtual platform, we will still use highly interactive methods including reflective writing, video clips, small group conversations, and storytelling to take a deeper look into our learned patterns of behavior.

​Recognizing these patterns with compassion rather than shame helps us name and practice strategies to better collaborate in multicultural settings. During our time together we will co-create a community where our spirits are renewed and our commitment to social justice is strengthened.​

Participants will…

  • Analyze the complex intersection of internalized sexism and white privilege and how this plays out in our lives.
  • Learn and apply a model of White women’s anti-racist identity development.
  • Share strategies to heal ourselves and counter racist and sexist socialization in order to improve our cross-cultural relationships and better advocate for systemic change.

Who may participate in this workshop?

This workshop was created as a result of People of Color activists asking us to do the heavy lifting of educating ourselves and other White people. We are two cisgender White women who offer a model that examines the harmful impact of White supremacy and patriarchy within a society that promotes a false gender binary. Any White womxn, including trans* and gender non-conforming people, who want to look at the ways we’ve internalized or navigated sexism and internalized white superiority are welcome to attend.

Facilitators: Ilsa Govan, M.A. & Tilman Smith

Location: Virtual. Zoom link will be emailed to participants.

Schedule: 9:00am-12:30pm both days

This workshop has been approved for the following Clock Hours & CEUs:​

  • 6.5 CEUs by the Washington State Chapter, National Association of Social Workers (NASW) for Licensed Social Workers, Licensed Marriage & Family Therapists and Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Our Provider number is #1975-369
  • 6.5 Clock Hours available for Washington State Certificated Teachers.

Pricing Information:

  • Generous Scholarship ($350): This ticket price reflects the previous in-person registration fee and is intended for those who are able to help support other women who might only be able to participate using a registration scholarship.
  • Organization Scholarship ($300): These tickets are intended for participants whose workplaces can provide registration for your behalf.
  • Cross-Class Solidarity ($250): Middle and upper-middle class participants are invited to purchase tickets at this level as an act of cross-class solidarity and to enable more cash-poor, working-class and students to attend the workshop. Struggling together, as white women, across class is crucial to the success of our endeavor.
  • Break-Even ($150): These tickets are 'at cost' and enable us to cover the expenses related to offering this workshop virtually.
  • Low Income/Student ($50): These tickets are reserved for cash-poor, working-class and student participants.

*No refunds for any reason 7 days prior to the workshop, although you are welcome to gift your seat to a colleague*

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