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White Anti-Racism (WAR) Faculty Learning Community (FLC) program

2022 White Anti-Racism (WAR) Faculty Learning Community (FLC)

Application is open until all slots are filled

Do you want to:

  • Consider Your Positionality, Who You Are, and What You Bring to the Table?
  • Understand the Historical Context of Racism?
  • Grapple with How White Supremacy Impacts Higher Education?
  • Engage in Collective Community Healing Processes around Racial Trauma?

Then this Faculty Learning Community is for you! 

Why have a White Anti-Racism FLC?

  • Many white faculty members, lecturers, and staff are now understanding that they can play a role in supporting CSUN as an anti-racist institution. 
  • We don’t want our efforts to be performative, but what’s next? 
  • It is time for white faculty, lecturers, and staff to dig deeper, so that when we speak up, we are confident that what we say will not harm others. Many white faculty members, lecturers, and staff stop short of participating in anti-racist actions because they are concerned that they will appear racist or harm others if they talk about race. 
  • Our FLC will provide a safe and open space for faculty members, lecturers, and staff to explore their ideas so that they are more confident in joining a long-standing anti-racist movement in the U.S., in their communities, and at CSUN. 

Who can apply to White Anti-Racism FLC?

  • All faculty, lecturers, and staff can apply to WAR FLC!

What is the format of the training?

  • We will meet initially in early February to gain a collective understanding of our goals and actions, then we’ll meet again once per month for  in 4 months, February – May, to discuss books, engage in activities in breakout rooms, complete and present book reports with a group, and complete reflexive homework assignments to deepen our processing. Dates determined by consensus.




What will we read?

Whole-group readings (please read over winter break)

  • DiAngelo, R. (2016). What does it mean to be white? Developing white racial literacy, revised edition. New York: Peter Lang. (Please READ AND KEEP COMMENTS and questions for discussion)
  • Helms, H. E. (2020). A race is a nice thing to have; a guide to being a white person or understanding the white persons in your life. 3rd edition. San Diego: Cognella.
  • Singh, A. A. (2019). The racial healing handbook; practical activities to help you challenge privilege, confront systemic racism & engage in collective healing. Oakland, CA: New Harbinger. (Please SKIM, identify exercises that resonate with you)

“Book Report” small-group readings (please also read one of these over winter break)

  • Garcia, G. A. (2019). Becoming Hispanic-serving Institutions: Opportunities for colleges & universities. Johns Hopkins Press.
  • Ross, L. C. (2015). Blackballed: The black and white politics of race on America's campuses. New York: St. Martin's Press.
  • Freire, P. (1970). Pedagogy of the oppressed. Herder and Herder.
  • Jain, D., Melendez, S. N. B., & Herrera, A. R. (2020). Power to the transfer. Michigan State University Press.
  • Sefa Dei, G. J. & Jaimungal, C. (Eds.) (2018). Indigeneity and decolonial resistance; alternatives to colonial thinking and practice. Gorham, ME: Myers Education Press.

What will I get for participation?

  • A great community of support and learning partners
  • Four books that will help us on our collective journey to support anti-racism initiatives
  • $250 to honor your time 

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