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Whiteness in the Classroom

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Wieboldt 310 D/E

1050 E 59th St

Chicago, IL 60637

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This 3-part workshop is intended to help participants examine and dismantle their complicity in the oppressive system of white supremacy.

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The Race and Pedagogy Working Group (RPWG) at the University of Chicago is a graduate student-led community of teachers and scholars committed to promoting racial justice in higher education. The RPWG is partnering with the Chicago Center for Teaching, with funding from UChicago Grad Council, to host a three-part workshop on white supremacy in higher education. Our initial event will be held on Tuesday, February 11 from 3pm to 5pm in Wieboldt 310 D/E.

The three-part workshop is intended to help participants examine and dismantle their complicity in the oppressive system of white supremacy -- particularly in relation to their pedagogical role(s) within higher education -- using Layla Saad’s Me and White Supremacy Workbook. The workshops will serve as an introduction to the workbook (which is meant to be completed over the course of 28 days) and a mechanism for accountability, as well as a space for collective processing.

Participants should be prepared to fully participate in the self-work and reflection necessary to understand their own self-identity with regard to whiteness, and to begin the concrete and ongoing work necessary to engage in the classroom as an anti-racist teacher. In the second and third meetings, participants will build on their own self-reflections to think about whiteness in the classroom, its implications for students, and what they as educators can do to interrupt and challenge white supremacy in the classroom.

While these events are open to all, the workbook activities are particularly relevant for those who hold white privilege* and are committed to engaging in substantial self-reflection and change. The strategies for interrupting white supremacy in the classroom, however, will be collectively generated and should be relevant to all participants.

The 3 workshops will take place:

  • TUESDAY, FEB. 11, 3-5PM
  • WEDNESDAY, FEB. 26, 12-2PM
  • WEDNESDAY, MAR. 11, 12-2PM

All sessions will take place in Wieboldt 310 D/E (housed in the Chicago Center for Teaching)

All participants will receive a copy of the workbook and a meal at each session. We therefore require that participants commit to attending all three workshops and completing the workbook independently.

Please register in advance, so that we can ensure the correct amount of materials and food. For more information, visit the RPWG website or Facebook page.

Sponsored by UChicago Graduate Council, the Chicago Center for Teaching, the Center for the Study of Race, Politics, and Culture, and UChicagoGRAD.

*Meaning any person who is visually identifiable as white or white-passing, and thus benefits from having lighter skin than non-white people.

The Chicago Center for Teaching is committed to making our programs and events inclusive and accessible. Please contact our Center Administrator, Sydney Curtis, at 773.834.4439 or curtis3@uchicago.edu, with any questions or requests.

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