Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Unmasking Whiteness - June 2011

Please help spread the word to those who might be interested!

AWARE-LA is happy to announce that we are offering our 3rd annual workshop series on building white anti-racist practice and community in an intensive 4-day institute designed specifically for white people.

The institute will run from Thursday, June 23rd through Sunday, June 26th 2011 and will take place on the downtown Los Angeles, Mount St. Mary's College, Doheny campus.

The cost for attendance is only $200 (before March 31st) in order to ensure that it's accessible to grass roots organizers, students, and those without institutional funding. A limited number of partial scholarships are available (see our info sheet for details).

This series invites white people to deepen their self-awareness and build community with other white people taking up work for racial justice. Through personal reflection, small and large group dialogue, and experiential activities, this institute invites the exploration of subjects such as:

  • The meaning of whiteness
  • White privilege and multiple identities
  • How to resolve guilt and shame
  • Systemic white supremacy (institutional racism)
  • Development of an anti-racist practice and identity
Please visit the www.witnessingwhiteness.com main page to download our information sheet and flyer.


  1. Dear Shelly,
    Hello, there, Shelly! I am so glad that you were able to write and to blog again, I have missed your marvelous writing on your wonderful white antiracist activism! I know how hard it can be with the busyness of life, I am just so glad that you are back, Shelly!
    I will for sure spread the word among my super white antiracist friendsfamily here where I live in Iowa City, Iowa about this great Unmasking Whiteness Conference coming up again this year in June! This is what I like to see, super white antiracist people such as yourself, Shelly, and our other fantastic white antiracist people getting together to learn, to grow, and to heal! I applaud you, Shelly, and our other fabulous white antiracist folks for your progressive and vitally important work in all of your white antiracist endeavors in doing white antiracist activism!
    I have been doing joyfully important work (it is so fun, it doesn't seem like work) with my white women sisterfriends who I love so very much and care about so very much as friendsfamily here where I live in Iowa City, Iowa. We are doing a group, a kind of a study and sharing, on books related to racism, white antiracist activism, ending racist inequities, and battling white privilege, as well as talking openly and honestly sharing in general, and talking heart to heart about our interracial relationship, and interracial friendships! I have showed them as well my two copies of the First and Second Editions of your remarkable books, Witnessing Whiteness, and we are for sure discussing those two great books of yours as well! We are trying to think of a name of our group, I wonder if our group should be called Interracial Sisterfriends, or Interracial Spirit Of Unity! I can't wait until our group meets again, I am filled with eager anticipation!
    Shelly, you as usual as always are doing such remarkable work as the true sister who you are doing your progessive and superb white antiracism work as the super antiracist white woman who you are! I thank you, Shelly, so dearly and so kindly for all of your great efforts, and for your diligent work, and I am so very inspired and uplifted by you, and all of our other white antiracist folks! Keep up the great work, Shelly, and remember, "Progress not perfection," it is perfectly alright to make mistakes along this lifetime process and journey! Blessings to you for always, Shelly, so, so very much!

    Sincerely always,

    Sherry Gordon

  2. Great comments Sherry -- it was always so good to talk about race and gender and sexual identity and class with you! It is also great to hear from you out in the world -- feel free to write and let us know your current contact information if you like. -Kelly Willson now e-mailing from kellylwillson@gmail.com