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The Series on Racial Equity and Inclusion: I’m a Good Person! Isn’t That Enough?

April 19

Presented by: Debby Irving

Using historical and media images, Debby examines how she used her white-skewed belief system to interpret the world around her. Socialized on a narrow worldview, Debby explores how she spent decades silently reaffirming harmful, archaic racial patterns instead of questioning the racial disparities and tensions she could see and feel.

This workshop is designed to support white people in making the paradigm shift from ‘fixing’ and ‘helping’ those believed to be inferior, to focusing on internalized white superiority and its role in perpetuating racism at the individual, interpersonal, institutional, and cultural levels.

Understand the impact media images and curricular offerings have on the construction and maintenance of our belief systems.

Discover the connection between belief systems, data interpretation, and behaviors.

Identify what whiteness is and how easily it becomes normalized in white and/or leadership spaces.

Recognize the way our belief systems collect evidence that supports what we already believe to be true, setting us up to disbelieve and/or not seek out different perspectives.

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