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Overcoming Color Blindness on the Path to Beloved Community

Date Tuesday, November 8, 2016
10:20 - 11 a.m.
FeaturingAmy Lary White, Professor of Social Work
Instructions for GuestsGet maps and directions to Bethel University.
SponsorsFaculty Development and Friends of the BU Library

Event Description

It is important for college students to understand how cultural values may contribute to oppression and marginalization or create power and privilege. However, many white students in predominantly white institutions may lack awareness of their own cultural identity, have limited interactions with those outside the dominant group, and lack a willingness to engage in conversations with people from diverse backgrounds (Abrams & Gibson, 2007; Bonilla-Silva,2012; Garcia & Van Soest, 2000; Tatum, 1997). These factors impede the student's ability to engage in diversity and difference and instead contribute to the development of a color-blind perspective that minimizes the context of historical oppression and current racist practices (Bonilla-Silva, 2012; Delgado & Stefancic, 2001). This presentation utilizes critical race theory as a framework for teaching strategies that transcend color blindness, which makes subtle forms of discrimination more difficult to combat and perpetuates marginalization and oppression.


Contact Ann Gannon at 651.635.8717 or agannon@bethel.edu.