White Privilege - Session 1

This event is at capacity.

In response to strong interest levels we have added a second session on Thursday, February 8 at Four Points by Sheraton in Norwood, MA.

Please visit this page to learn more and register for the February 8 program.

White Privilege Workshop - Session 1

Date: Wednesday, February 7, 2018


  • Registration: 8:45 a.m.
  • Program: 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

Location: Walnut Hill School for the Arts, Natick, MA

Breakfast and Lunch will be provided.

Seeing the Racial Water

What does it mean to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless yet is deeply divided by race? Dr. DiAngelo will describe the way race shapes the lives of White people, explain what makes racism so hard for White people to see, and identify common White racial patterns that prevent us from moving towards greater racial equity. Weaving information, analysis, stories, images, and familiar examples, she provides the framework needed to develop white racial literacy. Although the focus is on white racial identity development, people of color may also find the analysis valuable as it is one that is rarely affirmed or provided in mainstream society. This session will:

1. Develop a Shared Framework of Understanding

Differentiate between: prejudice, discrimination, and systematic racism
Understand the basic dynamics of current race relations in the U.S.
Examine the concept of whiteness and white racial socialization

2. Build Skills in Bridging Racial Divides

Recognize common challenges in bridging racial divides
Identify more constructive cross-racial practices
Practice increasing our comfort in talking about race

3. Identify Resources for Supporting the Work of Racial Justice

Recognize all of the above as an on-going process and provide resources to continue


  • Introductions
  • Implicit Bias
  • Seeing the Racial Water: What Does it Mean to Be White?
  • Common White Patterns
  • Micro-Aggressions
  • Scenarios: Working through common scenes and identifying the racial dynamics and strategizing how to interrupt them
  • Next Steps

About Dr. DiAngelo:

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is a former Associate Professor of Education. She is a two-time winner of the Student's Choice Award for Educator of the Year from the University of Washington. Her scholarship is in White Racial Identity and Race Relations. In addition to her academic work, Dr. DiAngelo has extensive experience as a workplace consultant in issues of race relations and racial justice. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle's Race & Social Justice Initiative Training. She has numerous publications and books, including, “What Does it Mean to be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy. Her work onWhite Fragility has influenced the national dialogue on race and been featured in Alternet, Salon, NPR, PBS, The New York Times, The Atlantic, Slate and Colorlines.

Registration Options:

  • AISNE Member: $225 per person. $195 per person when three or more people register at the same time from the same school.
  • Non-AISNE Member: $350 per person.

Refund Policy:

A 50% refund will be issued when cancellations are received on or before January 23, 2018.

This event is at capacity. A second session has been added on Thursday, February 8 -- please visit this page to learn about it and register.