White Fragility: When Good People Behave Badly

december 2020

08dec9:00 am11:00 amWhite Fragility: When Good People Behave Badly9:00 am - 11:00 am CST

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About:

Often, good intentions receive more attention than the negative impacts they may produce. In the same way that white superiority created the systems and structures we have in place, it also created the ability for the people who benefit to overlook the effects on those who are marginalized or injured. When confronted with these truths, the reactions of many if not most white Americans fall under the category of white fragility. This is an intense focus on the feelings of white people when their understanding of themselves and their world is challenged. White fragility feeds on the fact that white people generally do not see themselves in racial terms and therefore are not affected by racism. It also works through a simplistic understanding of racism and a belief that white people are generally objective and free of bias. This webinar highlights the ways white fragility appears in the workplace and how it can be addressed for individual and organizational growth.

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Speaker:

Rebecca Slaby, Executive Director of AMAZEworks, leads AMAZEworks in working with schools, communities, and organizations to create equity and belonging for children and adults. She has provided dozens of workshops and trainings on Anti-Bias Education with a focus on cultural responsiveness, bias, identity and stereotype threat, microaggressions, and other DEI topics and has co-authored two AMAZEworks curriculums. With a MEd from DePaul University, she has 15 years of experience teaching middle school humanities/social studies and has worked with schools on issues of equity, inclusion, and justice on institutional, state, and regional levels. She has been a racial justice facilitator for the YWCA Minneapolis and is a trained cultural competency facilitator for the Professional Educators Licensing and Standards Board for the state of Minnesota. She has presented at the Overcoming Racism, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits, Forum on Workplace Inclusion, and local, regional, and national education conferences. She holds a certificate of Executive Leadership from the University of St. Thomas and teaches courses on equity-based pedagogy at the University of Minnesota.

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(Tuesday) 9:00 am - 11:00 am

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