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Social Justice Book & Lecture: White Fragility

October 29, 2019 @ 6:00 pm

Featuring Keynote Speaker: Dr. Robin DiAngelo

Dr. Robin DiAngelo earned a PhD in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2004 and earned tenure at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. She is currently an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington and has taught courses in Multicultural Teaching, Inter-group Dialogue Facilitation, Cultural Diversity & Social Justice, and Anti-Racist Education. Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis, explicating how whiteness is reproduced in everyday narratives. 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, including: Is Everybody Really Equal?: An Introduction to Key Concepts in Critical Social Justice Education, co-written with Özlem Sensoy, and which received both the American Educational Studies Association Critics Choice Book Award (2012) and the Society of Professors of Education Book Award (2018). In 2011 DiAngelo coined the term White Fragility in an academic article which influenced the national 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.

DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice and appointed to co-design the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative Anti-Racism training (with Darlene Flynn).

DiAngelo shares, “I grew up poor and white. While my class oppression has been relatively visible to me, my race privilege has not. In my efforts to uncover how race has shaped my life, I have gained deeper insight by placing race in the center of my analysis and asking how each of my other group locations have socialized me to collude with racism. In so doing, I have been able to address in greater depth my multiple locations and how they function together to hold racism in place. I now make the distinction that I grew up poor and white, for my experience of poverty would have been different had I not been white” (DiAngelo, 2006).

The Division of Diversity and Inclusion’s Social Justice Book and Lecture Series brings to campus thought leaders from across the country and various fields to explore issues of social justice with our students, faculty and staff. The objectives of the series are to:

  • Foster a sense of community on our campus through shared literature and relevant dialogue.
  • Prompt participants to think critically about the historical context of social justice issues while focusing on current social justice challenges and the interdisciplinary thought and leadership skills necessary for solving such challenges.
  • Provide a platform for further reflection, dialogue and action within our campus and greater communities through related coursework, gatherings, and exposure to local, regional and national social justice projects and initiatives.

UMKC’s General Education Curriculum, as well as, many other courses on campus that challenge students to examine their views and values while considering personal, political, economic, environmental and social concerns are enhanced through Social Justice Book and Lecture Series content.

*Bring your e-mail confirmation to the event as your ticket.  You can print it out, or show it to us on your phone at the door.  Tickets at the door will be $15.
UMKC Students – Free
UMKC Faculty and Staff – $7.00
Community Constituents – $10.00

Complimentary parking will be available in the Cherry Street Parking Garage, levels 5 and 6.



October 29, 2019
6:00 pm


UMKC Atterbury Student Success Center
5000 Holmes
Kansas City, MO 64110 United States
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