Exploring White Identity for Effective Allyship

The Exploring White Identity for Effective Allyship workshop is for people who want to learn about and discuss the inherent privileges that come with being White.

This can be the first step for self-reflection and assuming greater personal responsibility by engaging in anti-racism work.

Check back for upcoming sessions.

History

These workshops were developed at the request of several faculty and staff members (who identify as White) that had attended other training sessions related to race and specifically wanted a space in which to talk about White identity.
We first held discussion sessions on how to become better allies in spring 2017. During that semester we worked with UI faculty, staff and students, as well as Iowa City community members, to discuss individual’s experiences with race – both for individuals who identified as White and others who did not.

Committee Membership

The committee is comprised of faculty, staff, and students from across campus who are dedicated to assuming greater personal responsibility for eliminating racism by addressing the racial self-perceptions of White people and the realities of racism, privilege, and the normalization of Whiteness.
Committee members have joined this group from the following colleges, units, and organizations:
Carver College of Medicine, Office of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies Pomerantz Career Center
College of Engineering, Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering Rape Victim Advocacy Program
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of English Residence Education
College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, Department of Theater Arts Tippie College of Business
Division of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion UI Libraries
Graduate and Professional Student Government Undergraduate Student Government
Graduate College University Counseling Services
Obermann Center for Advanced Studies University Human Resources
Office of the Registrar Women's Resource and Action Center

Additional Resources on Whiteness

Part of understanding race, racism, and how Whiteness has influences our histories, we encourage you to consider the following initial readings, resources, and tools to engage in a path of self-learning.

Initial Readings to Consider

Resources and Tools