Not In My School: How White Supremacy, White Privilege and Other Forms of Oppression Undermine Best Intentions
Thursday, April 11, 2019
Dana Hall School, Wellesley, MA
Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr. and Debby Irving
- Dina Mordeno, Teacher, Lawrence Academy
Why do racial upsets and tensions continue drive our school communities apart? How can they be used instead as teachable, community-building moments? As the ongoing surge in highly visible racial incidents impacts students differentially along racial lines, schools have a unique opportunity to deepen understanding of self and society as well as develop campus engagement.
This interactive and challenging all-day workshop explores how these headline stories relate to the impacts that power, privilege and oppression can have on student and family engagement, teacher preparation, curriculum development, and everyday campus interactions.
We will explore U.S. institutional history, media messaging, and cultural habits that have led to where we are today. With raised awareness, we’ll develop new skills and habits for sustainable, effective personal and institutional transformation.
Detailed Agenda for the Day
- 8:30 - 9:15 a.m. | Arrival, Registration & Breakfast
- 9:15 a.m. | Welcome
- 9:15 - 11:30 a.m. | Presentation and Discussions
- 11:30 a.m. - 12:15 p.m. | Lunch
- 12:15 - 2:30 p.m. | Continued Discussions and Small Group Work
- 2:30 - 2:45 p.m. | Closing Remarks
- 3:00 p.m. | Farewell
Suggested Companion Reading:
Dr. Moore is recognized as one of the nation’s top motivational speakers and educators, especially for his work with students K-16. His interview with Wisconsin Public Radio won the 2015 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association's Best Interview in Medium Market Radio, 1st Place, and he is featured in the film “I’m not Racist...Am I?” He is the first recipient of NCORE’s Equity & Social Justice Change Agent Award. Dr. Moore is the Founder/Program Director for the White Privilege Conference (WPC) and founder of The Privilege Institute (TPI) which engages people in research, education, action and leadership through workshops, conferences, publications and strategic partnerships and relationships. Dr. Moore is co-editor of Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories, The Guide for White Women Who Teach Black Boys and the forthcoming books The CookBook for Diversity Consultants (2019) and Black Girl Brilliance (2020). For 10-years, Dr. Moore served as Director of Diversity at Brooklyn Friends School in Brooklyn, NY and The Bush School in Seattle, Washington. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Iowa in Education Leadership. His Ph.D. research is on Black Football Players at Division III Schools in the Midwest. His motto: #MakeItHappen
Debby Irving brings to racial justice the perspective of working in non-profit organizations and education for 25 years without understanding racism as systemic or her own whiteness as an obstacle to grappling with it. Though she struggled to make sense of racial dynamics she could feel but not explain, it wasn’t until a graduate school course, Racial and Cultural Identities, gave her the answers she’d been looking for and launched her on a journey of discovery. Debby now devotes herself to working with people exploring the impact whiteness can have on perception, problem solving, and creating equitable, racially diverse work teams and communities. Her book, workshops, keynotes, community dialogs, TED Talk, online videos, blog, and frequent commentary in media outlets have become staples in the national discourse on the role of “good” white people in perpetuating racism. A graduate of AISNE member school, The Winsor School in Boston, she holds a BA from Kenyon College and an MBA from Simmons College. Her award-winning book, Waking Up White: And Finding Myself in the Story of Race, tells the story of how she went from well-meaning to well-doing.