Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Unmasking Whiteness Institute 2015 - Space Available!

AWARE-LA will offer its 7th annual workshop series on building white anti-racist practice and community in an intensive 4-day institute designed specifically for white people from Thursday, July 23rd through Sunday, July 26th, 2015. The event will take place on the downtown Los Angeles, Mount Saint Mary's University, Doheny campus.

We limit this group to approximately 25 participants. At this time, there is space available. Last year we began a waiting list by mid-May. This year, spots appear to be filling up more quickly.

The cost for attendance is only $200 (before April 1st) and $225 (beginning April 1st) in order to ensure its accessibility to grass roots organizers, students, and those without institutional funding. A limited number of partial scholarships are available (see our info sheet for details via the website link below). We are sorry that we cannot help support housing needs for out-of-town folks. But, we recommend reaching out via your networks for space sharing options in the city.

In case you've never heard of us, 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
  • Institutional racism
  • Development of an anti-racist practice and identity
Please visit the www.witnessingwhiteness.com main page to download the information sheet, flyer, and registration form. Contact information for more information is on the flyer.

You can also visit the AWARE-LA home page and search under the "projects" tab.

1 comment:

  1. Dear Shelly,

    Hi, there, Shelly! I have told my local white sisterfriends and other white friends about you, dear white sisterfriend, Shelly, and about your fantastic and empowering blog, website, books, resources, info, and about the spectacular AWARE-LA!!!!!!! I have also told my dearest and darling local white sisterfriends and other white friends about the Unmasking Whiteness Conferences for each year, and about the White Privilege Conferences for each year as well, my precious white sister who you are so, so very much, Shelly!!!!!! I am just so inspired and encouraged, and so heartened, as my very heart, and my very heat, soul, and spirit is given such an increasing faith, hope, and positive optimism by all of the diligent, productive, efficient, and proactive work each and every one of you do as wondrously wonderful white anti-racists and allies in your great allyship in solidarity!!!!!! Thank-you, thank-you, thank-you for always each and every one of you-all of you just keep me keeping on and keep for always my very faith and hope alive, sister!!!!!!!!!

    I will for always have such complete confidence in you, my precious white sisterfriend, Shelly, and in other marvelous white persons, and I will for always with all that I have keep my firm and steadfast belief that you, Shelly, and other splendid white persons have such good inside. I will for always love you, Shelly, and other super white persons as the beautiful inside and out children of our Good God who you all are as people who have such potential and such great good inside. I will for always have such complete confidence in you, my white sister Shelly, and in my other white sisters and brothers, no matter what, even with whatever many mistakes, even bad, racist mistakes, you and other white persons make. I truly believe that is is perfectly alright, normal, and natural for white persons to make mistakes, even at times racist mistakes, along an imperfect lifetime's path and journey. Progress not perfection is the key. I also truly believe and think that is is possible for you, Shelly, and for the other astounding white anti-racists and allies to sometimes still only at times do, think, and feel racist things because recovery and healing from racism is a lifetime's journey, path, and recovery, and it is okay to be imperfect. There are degrees of racism-a marvelous white anti-racist ally can still at times do, think, and feel racist things on some smaller level but definitely not be on the same level as someone in the KKK or a Neo Nazi person. I will For Always have complete confidence in you, dear white sisterfriend, Shelly, and in other magnificent white persons, no matter what and despite how many mistakes, even bad, racist mistakes, are made along an imperfect lifetime's path and journey because it is okay to be imperfect[-this is a lifetime of recovery and healing from racism, sister!!!!!!!

    Shelly, you are just such an incredibly amazing and magnificent white woman as a sister not only to me but also to other blacks and persons of color in your great cross-racial outreach!!!!!!! You are also a very steadfast sister to other white persons!!!!!! You are doing just so excellent and great, Shelly, and you do my very heart, soul. and spirit such great good!!!!!!! AWARE-LA is also doing such progressive and productive, efficient and proactive work!!!!!! I thank-you, thank-you, thank-you For Always, my white sister who you are so, so very much, Shelly, and each and every one of you as white anti-racists and allies for working so hard and for doing an all-star job!!!!!!!

    Very Warmly and Sincerely For Always, my precious white sister, Shelly, and Blessings and More Blessings For Always, my dear and precious white sisterfriend,

    Your Christian lesbian black sisterfriend For Always in solidarity, Sherry Gordon