White Fragility Book Study - October 2020

White Fragility Book Study - October 2020

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"Like fighting an addiction, being an antiracist requires persistent self-awareness, constant self-criticism, and regular self-examination." - Ibram X. Kendi, How to Be an Antiracist

"If I love you, I have to make you conscious of the things you don't see." - James Baldwin

Group sessions will take place using Zoom from 1:00-2:30pm ET on the following dates: October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
(Please register by September 14)

The work of anti-racism requires a great deal of personal-reflection. It is a life-long journey. This five week book study will focus on the book White Fragility; Why it's so Hard for White People to Talk About Racism' by Robin Diangelo. The group sessions are designed to help white people understand themselves as a part of a racial group that practices particular cultural norms. We need to have these conversations so that we are better able to work for change in solidarity with racialized people. 

The number of spaces in the study is limited in order for the group to remain small. The work requires meaningful and brave conversations to take place. 

During the study we will:
- explore the questions you have that arise from reading the book
- learn about our socialization as white people
- learn the marks and antidotes of dominant white culture 
- learn about white solidarity and how it works to uphold the status quo
- grow in our ability to talk about race
- grow in our ability to 'repair' when we make a mistake or do harm 
- seek to deepen our humility and be open to new learning
- discuss ways to stand in solidarity with racialized people and take action in our contexts

After you register you will receive additional instruction via email.
Participants are expected to have the book a couple of weeks in advance of our first session in order to begin reading. (If you need to purchase it, please try to buy from a local bookseller.)

About the Facilitator, Robin McGauley:

I am a white, cisgender, heterosexual, able-bodied woman.  

The majority of my engagement with social justice work has been focused on indigenous justice and reconciliation in the Canadian context. I currently serve on the Indigenous Justice Advisory Committee of The United Church of Canada which has a mandate to advise the church on how to go about the work of reconciliation. This is extremely important work to me. 

I am deeply committed to being a good listener and to cultivating humility within myself. I have made many mistakes doing this work. It is a way to learn. I risk making mistakes by being humble. I am in no way perfect at this.

My facilitation skills are well honed as a result of being the Program Director at a retreat centre for 9 years. I love to learn from participants. I look forward to the journeying with you.

Additional information about me is found on the Anti-racism page of my website. 


Feedback from Past Participants:

"My understanding of systemic racism, and my unearned privileges, as a result of white supremacy, has increased greatly."

"This book study was very impactful. 'White Fragility' was a hugely informative text to read and has raised my awareness and shifted my perspectives, while the discussions in the group supported and helped reinforce my learning."

"It is obvious that the facilitator put a lot of reflective time and effort into each week's agenda. The questions really helped to guide me on this journey. I appreciated the quotes to introduce and summarize each session. The feedback after individual sharing was especially helpful, and was offered gently and without judgement. Robin's knowledge, wisdom, humility, and willingness to share what she has learned on her journey has been inspiring. I am grateful for having had this opportunity to learn in a small group."


A word about the cost:
As a white person, I am committed to doing this work in a way that does not perpetuate white privilege. I cannot benefit from the oppression of BIPOC (Black, Indigenous, people of colour). The money will go toward paying for the technology that enables us to meet, accountability sessions with my anti-racism coach, and donations to organizations that do anti-racism and indigenous justice work. 

Cancellation Policy: 
The number of registrants is limited in order to facilitate small group discussion. When registrants cancel their participation close to the start of the program, it is unlikely that the spot is able to be filled. Therefore, participants who cancel before September 14 will have the choice to be refunded half of the registration fee or have it donated to a social justice organization. Cancellations received on or after September 14 are not reimbursed.