Virtual HR Round Table & Book Club
Why It's So Hard for White People to
Talk About Racism
by Robin DiAngelo, Ph.D.
Facilitated by April Powers
In this time of Black Lives Matter, MeToo! COVID-19, transgender rights, and homelessness, there is a groundswell for social justice taking place that will not easily be quelled. These are uncomfortable and sensitive conversations that need to take place for our continued growth as human beings. Everyone wants to live in a world where they have full and unbarred access to pursuing a life of meaning, in a safe and healthy environment. Human resources professionals are front liners in this critical conversation. With the help of diversity and inclusion expert April Powers, we have the opportunity to fight for equality in the workplace, our community, and our nation. Now more than ever it is the time to listen with open eyes and hearts to what it means to be oppressed in today’s society. Join us for this thought-provoking conversation. With the knowledge we can take real and sustain action.
The New York Times best-selling book White Fragility explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race and privilege are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.
Michael Eric Dyson called White Fragility a "vital, necessary, and beautiful book." DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and "allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to 'bad people' observed Claudia Rankine. Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In her in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.
April Powers, First Impression Rx
Back by popular demand! April Powers is the first Equity and Inclusion Officer in the Society Children’s Book Writer’s and Illustrator’s (SCBWI) almost 50-year history. Most recently she is the Managing Director of First Impression Rx. April helped companies, including the Center for Nonprofit Management, manage differences through training and diversity and inclusion strategy. She is a highly rated trainer for Fortune 50, government, and non-profit companies. Her work includes LGBTQI+ bench-marking through the Human Rights Campaign, project managing a cultural dexterity roll-out and delivering certified training in the areas of Generational Diversity, Intersectionality, Unconscious Bias, Communication, Emotional Intelligence, LGBTQI+ Understanding, Empathy, Customer Service, Effective Teams, Effective Communication, Positive Workplace, Difficult Conversations and Cultural Competence.
April graduated from UC Berkeley with a degree in Spanish Language and Literature. She began her recruiting career with Ryan, Miller & Associates; launched Manifest Executive Search; then became the Manager of Diversity and Recruiting for Nestlé USA as well as an Inclusion Trainer and Consultant at Amgen Inc. She is bilingual, has lived in the USA, South America, and Europe. She understands why discussions of white privilege are difficult in our families, communities, and the corporate world. Thoughtful and caring, she brings a global perspective with local understanding to these conversations.
About the Author
Dr. Robin DiAngelo
In discussing her research into white privilege Dr. DiAngelo stated “I grew up poor and white. While my class oppression has been relatively visible to me, my race privilege has not.” She received a PhD in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington. She teaches at Westfield State University in Massachusetts. She is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington, Seattle. 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). She coined the term “White Fragility” in an academic article which influenced the international dialogue on race. 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 where it remained for 85 weeks. It is currently being translated into five languages.
7:00pm - 7:15pm - Check in & networking
7:15pm - 8:15pm - Book Discussion
8:15pm - 8:30pm - Wrap Up
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