Why Schools Need to Talk About Race and Racism, Especially White People

Presentation and Discussion Facilitated by Dr. Ali Michael

For: All Educators


Wednesday, August 12, 2020

10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.





I didn't grow up talking about race or even realizing that racism had an impact on my life. I grew up--as many White children do today--thinking that racism had nothing to do with me. When I started to learn about race, I was under the mistaken impression that I would never be able to sustain the learning because I was White; I couldn't see a way for me to participate actively and constructively in a conversation about race. Contrary to what I once believed, I have found that racial competence can be learned. I believe everyone--including White people--can get better at talking about race, and better at addressing the radicalized inequality we have in education.

-Dr. Ali Michael


It is imperative that our schools engage purposefully in conversations of race and racism as we strive to be anti-racist institutions. Join Dr. Ali Michael for a presentation and discussion about why schools must engage in these conversations and how white educators and students can, and must, be vital participants in this process. As Dr. Michael states, “Race questions are not meant to lead us into a quagmire of guilt, discomfort, or isolation. Sustained race inquiry is meant to lead to anti-racist classrooms, positive racial identities, and a restoration of the wholeness of spirit and community that racism undermines.” Ali is white and will share stories and examples from her own life.



$85 per registrant, Member Schools

$135 per registrant, NonMember Schools



Dr. Ali Michael works with schools and organizations across the country to help make research on race, Whiteness, and education more accessible and relevant to educators. Ali is the author of Raising Race Questions: Whiteness, Inquiry, and Education (Teachers College Press, 2015), winner of the 2017 Society of Professors of Education Outstanding Book Award. She is co-editor of the bestselling Everyday White People Confront Racial and Social Injustice: 15 Stories (2015, Stylus Press) and the bestselling Guide for White Women who Teach Black Boys (2017, Corwin Press). Ali sits on the editorial board of the journal Whiteness and Education. In addition to her work as the Co-Founder and Director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators, Ali teaches in the Diversity and Inclusion Program at Princeton University as well as the Equity Institutes for Higher Education from the University of Southern California. Ali’s article, What do White Children Need to Know About Race?, co-authored with Dr. Eleonora Bartoli in Independent Schools Magazine, won the Association and Media Publishing Gold Award for Best Feature Article in 2014. Ali received her B.A. in political science and African Studies from Williams College, with highest honors awarded for her thesis in African Studies. She received her M.A. in Anthropology and Education from Teachers College, Columbia University, and her Ph.D. in Teacher Education from the University of Pennsylvania. Her current research and writing focus on supporting teachers to mitigate the unintentional, pervasive effects of institutional and individual racism in their classrooms. When she is not writing, speaking, or training, Ali is striving to be an anti-racist co-parent to two amazing young children.



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