Conversations on Anti-Racism, a week of meaningful dialogue to amplify diverse voices & inspire better allyship, took place virtually on March 14 to 18, 2022. Every day had a different speaker and topic. Thursday’s theme was White Fragility, presented by Dr. Robin DiAngelo and Dr. June Francis. A recording of the full presentation is now available.
Topic: White Fragility
Date: Mar 17, 2022 9:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
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More about the speakers:
Dr. Robin DiAngelo
Dr. DiAngelo is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. In addition, she holds two Honorary Doctorates. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She has numerous publications and books. In 2011 she coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which has influenced the international dialogue on race. Her book, White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism was released in June of 2018 and debuted on the New York Times Bestseller List, where it has remained for over three years. White Fragility has been translated into 10 languages. Her follow up book, Nice Racism: How Progessive White People Perpetuate Racial Harm was released in June of 2021. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice.
Dr. June Francis
June Francis is Cofounder of The Co-Laboratorio (CoLab Advantage Ltd.), Special Advisor to the President of Simon Fraser University on Anti-Racism, Director of the Institute for Diaspora Research and Engagement, Cofounder of the Black Caucus at SFU and an Associate Professor in the Beedie School of Business. She is also Board Chair of The Hogan’s Alley Society, an organization whose mission is to advance the economic and cultural well-being of people of African Descent through the delivery of housing, built spaces and programming. Through her consulting, research, the media and as a volunteer, she advocates for equity, diversity and inclusion for racialized groups as well as human rights. June Francis’ extensive experience spans the private and public sectors, nationally and internationally. As a business entrepreneur, through the CoLab, June Francis works with a wide range of clients to audit and address structural barriers to participation of Indigenous, Black and other racialized groups – in workplace culture, supply-chains, policy, programs, partnerships and service designs.
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