Third Rail Series Lecture and Diversity and Inclusion Summit Plenary: Robin DiAngelo, "White Fragility and Its Impact on Diversity and Inclusion Efforts on Campus" [VIDEO]

Pembroke Hall, Room 305, 172 Meeting Street, Providence RI 02912

CSREA is delighted to partner with the Office of Institutional Diversity to bring Robin DiAngelo to campus as part of the Diversity & Inclusion Summit, and to serve as CSREA's annual Third Rail Lecture Series speaker. Her talk is entitled, "White Fragility and Its Impact on Diversity and Inclusion Efforts on Campus."

DiAngelo received her PhD in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington in Seattle, and has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice. Her area of research is in Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis, explicating how Whiteness is reproduced in everyday narratives. She is the author of What Does It Mean To Be White? Developing White Racial Literacy and Is Everyone Really Equal? An Introduction to Key Concepts in Critical Social Justice Education.

DiAngelo has advanced the increasingly influential idea of "white fragility" as a critical facet of white resistance to racial justice efforts. She defines white fragility as a state in which even a minimum amount of racial stress triggers a range of defensive moves. These defensive moves (e.g., anger, fear, guilt, argumentation, silence and leaving the stress-inducing situation) reinstate white equilibrium and therefore work to resist racial justice efforts such as diversity efforts, and multicultural curriculum.

Registration is required to attend, though this lecture will be live streamed through Brown University.

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We also encourage you to attend virtually and participate via Twitter by following CSREA @RaceEthnicity and using the hashtag #WhiteFragility.

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