White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for People to Talk about Racism
About the Course
White Fragility is a book study that analyzes the system of white supremacy and why it is challenging for white people to discuss racism. As the United States' student population becomes increasingly diverse, "it is essential educators develop skills to understand and examine bias, racism, and race, especially their own." Robin Diangelo’s book examines how white fragility has developed over time, how it furthers the racial caste system, and how to make repair and move towards systematic change. This course will be ideal for the educator who wants to learn how to become more anti-racist, to challenge systems of white supremacy, and to consider what this work looks like within education. Look forward to much reflection and discussion that will likely cause discomfort, growth, and action.
- White Fragility: Why It's So Hard for White People to Talk about Racism by Robine DiAngelo
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Explain the phenomenon of white fragility and its role in one’s personal life, in the educational environment, and society, both historically and currently.
- Identify when white fragility is present in a situation.
- Discuss and develop solutions to address and act on white fragility and racism in one’s personal life, in the educational environment, and society.
Kathy is a Social Studies teacher at Northglenn High School who works with high school students on learning how to critically read the world around them. Kathy began her teaching career as a Peace Corps volunteer in Macedonia, teaching at a K-8 in the mountain town of Krusevo. She strongly believes in teaching in a way that is culturally responsive and incorporates the philosophy of restorative justice into her work. Along with teaching, Kathy facilitates trainings on how to use restorative practices in schools around the state and country. Kathy was a CEA Fellow in the 2017 school year, focusing on how to bring restorative practices to pre-service teachers. She is also an associate representative for her building and continues to find ways to get involved with her local association and CEA. Kathy holds a BS from Indiana University in Secondary Education Social Studies and a MA from University of Arizona in Language, Reading, and Culture.