​Becoming White Allies and Accomplices Talking Circle

Table of Contents

  1. Background, Structure, & Framework
  2. Upcoming Meetings
  3. Past Meetings
  4. Resource List

Background, Structure, & Framework

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:

  1. Historical and structural roots of racism (to understand the system will make us each more effective at intervening),
  2. Racism in education (since we are in academia)
  3. Racism in agriculture/food systems and environmentalism (since we’re CoA), and
  4. 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.
For all homework and extra credit suggested resources, there will be multiple ways to access the materials included when possible.  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 (kantola@purdue.edu).  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.

Upcoming Meetings

IMG_5118.jpgSeptember 23rd, 2020, 3-4pm ET: What does Racism Actually Look Like?

October 7th, 2020, 3-4pm ET: The History & Origins of Racism GloballyRacism A Short History.jpg


IMG_5119.jpgOctober 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 EducationIMG_5120.jpg


Past Meetings

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 HarmIMG_5117.jpg

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