Becoming White Allies and Accomplices Talking Circle
Table of Contents
- Background, Structure, & Framework
- Upcoming Meetings
- Past Meetings
- Resource List
The purpose of BWAATC is to:
- Provide space for white people to process whiteness, racism, oppression, and racial justice,
- Provide opportunities for learning about anti-racism and racial justice,
- Provide opportunities for building skills in anti-racism and racial justice.
About the Meetings
Meetings take place every other Wednesday from 3-4pm ET. For meeting join information, please register for each meeting via the registration link provided below. Each meeting typically involves a mini-presentation on the topic of the day followed by breakout group discussion, whole group debriefing, and an opportunity at the end to request discussion on a current event. It's okay if you can't come to every meeting! If you plan to attend any meetings, please respond to the Small Group Survey
so we can group folks at similar places in their learning.
About the Assignments
In the "upcoming meetings" section, the upcoming 6 topics (12 weeks) and suggested homework and extra
credit assignments will be provided in advance so everyone can manage
their own time in regards to the suggested assignments. There will be 1 book suggested homework every 2 months (~2 books/semester) so that the reading is not
overwhelming. Podcasts, movies, tv, ted talks, and other suggested
homeworks will not take more than 90min per topic. Giving everyone
advanced notice will also make sure you can acquire the book (when I’m not able
to send you it for free via the library) and read it in advance. If a
major current event comes up that folks let me know they want to discuss, I may
end up re-arranging topic timeline occasionally, but this won’t be typical.
Note that while we will cover a lot of different topics, we're to focus on:
For all homework and extra credit
suggested resources, there will be multiple ways to access the materials included when
- Historical and structural roots of racism
(to understand the system will make us each more effective at intervening),
- Racism in education (since we are in academia)
- Racism in agriculture/food
systems and environmentalism (since we’re CoA), and
- Skills in identifying,
discussing, and intervening in racism in these areas. I also hope to have some
meetings where we specifically look at Indiana history and policy.
If the podcast has a transcript or if there is a way to access
to book via audio, I’ll link to it. I will not suggest movies/tv without
captions. However, please note that not all resources will have multiple
ways to access. Please contact Skye Kantola if you need help accessing any resources (firstname.lastname@example.org). You can also review all the group's resources organized by topic on the BWAATC Resources Page.
Please note that the external resources were not created by OMP and may
not reflect the views of OMP or Purdue University. The resources are
intended simply to be used as a tool to explore various perspectives
related to polices and practices related to racism and Racial Justice.
Some Final #ProTips
If you are using a podcast app to listen to the podcast episodes, I highly
recommend using Overcast as it has strict and ethical standards for data usage
and security. NPR’s podcast app has some of the worst data usage practices.
Also consider listening to podcast episodes at a higher rate of speed to save
time (if you brain can process things more quickly). Lastly, please
consider purchasing books via our local
book store rather than a corporation such as Amazon. If they don’t
have the book in stock, they can order it for you.
September 23rd, 2020, 3-4pm ET: What does Racism Actually Look Like?
October 7th, 2020, 3-4pm ET: The History & Origins of Racism Globally
October 21st, 2020, 3-4pm ET: Navigating Implicit Bias
- Homework: Invisibilia (Podcast): The Culture Inside (56min, Air Date: 2017.06.08, Episode + Transcript)
- Extra Credit
- The Why Factor (Podcast): Us and Them (23min, Air Date: 2018.07.09, Episode Only)
- The Why Factor (Podcast): Unconscious Bias (18min, Air Date: 2016.11.04, Episode Only)
November 4th, 2020, 3-4pm ET: Racial Faults in K-12 Education
July 29th, 2020, 3-4pm ET: Whiteness & Childhood
August 12th, 2020, 3-4pm ET: Structures of Racism
August 26th, 2020, 3-4pm ET: Fear, Shame, Guilt, and Managing Our Emotions While Intervening in Daily Racism
September 9th, 2020, 3-4pm ET: The Art of Apologizing: Responding to the Inevitability of Causing Harm