Witnessing Whiteness: The need to talk about race and how to do it.

Witnessing Whiteness is a 10-week, sequential series designed for white people to forward anti-racism work. We connect the book with dialog and experiential activities, by exploring the white experience.

When:  Monday, April 24; Tuesdays in May (2nd, 9th, 16th, 23rd, 30th); Wednesdays in June (7th, 14th, 21st, 28th)
Time:   6:00-8:15 p.m.
Location:  First Baptist Church
518 N. Franklin Ave.
Madison, WI  53705

Critically looking at race is a commitment, so attending all sessions is ideal. However, we know life is busy. Sessions 1 and 2 are required. At Session 1, we will ask you to let us know the dates you plan to miss (if any). The maximum number of absences is three.

The series is free and is limited to 30 participants.  To register, please email Laurel at lafinn@wisc.edu by January 19.

Goals of the Series
– Build a community with a shared understanding of privilege, whiteness, and racism
– Increase your ability to begin, support, and progress racial justice work
– Develop leadership capacity around issues of diversity, inclusion, and race

Testimonials from past group members:
“I was impressed with both the course  content  and  with  the way  that  Laurel  and  Laurie facilitated.  Laurel  and  Laurie brought honesty, knowledge, and humanity to our meetings. I’d  taken  other  racial  justice classes,  but  this  one  felt different.  I  appreciated  the specific focus on whiteness and privilege, and that there were opportunities  each  week  to practice  ‘walking  the  talk.’ There  was  lots  of  learning, sure, but each piece also had an  element  of  doing.  That seems essential for those who want  to  not  just  understand
racism but who also want to affect change.”

“The Witnessing Whiteness class has truly been a life-changing and humbling experience! I have always thought of myself as a “good white person.” And while I do try to do good in my community, I cannot discount or ignore the role my white privilege has played and continues to play in my interactions with friends, neighbors, and community members of color. Frankly, my privilege has allowed me not to even think about it. I honestly believe that every white person in Madison needs to take this class before attempting to step up and interrupt racism in our community. Laurel and Laurie facilitate the class with compassion, honesty, and thoughtful insight. I cannot recommend the class highly