White Fragility and Racial Resiliency: Building Capacity Across the Racial Divide

Wednesday, April 1, 2020 | 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

NYU Skirball Center for the Performing Arts
566 LaGuardia Pl, New York, NY 10012

NYSED Approved for 3 CE contact hours

Presenters

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Dr. Kenneth V. Hardy, PH.D
Voicelessness: Dilemmas of Silence, Dilemmas of Speaking

Dr. Hardy is a Professor of Family Therapy at Drexel University and Director of the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships. His clinical work centers on issues including the anatomy of racial rage,  earned voicelessness, and the invisible wounds of racial oppression. His talk will explore the phenomenon of oppression induced Voicelessness among People of Color, and examine the emotional, psychological, and spiritual effects it has on  the everyday lives of the racially traumatized. Strategies for reclaiming one’s voice will be discussed.

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Dr. Robin DiAngelo, PH.D 
Nothing to Add: Silence as a Function of White Fragility

Dr. DiAngelo is an antiracist educator, consultant, trainer, and author of White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People to Talk About Racism. Her talk will address the racially insular social environment of white people in the U.S.  and how that builds expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering stamina for enduring racial stress, i.e., “White Fragility.” She will focus on one particular manifestation of White Fragility: silence in the face of racial injustice, and provide perspectives and skills white people need to build their racial stamina and use the voice their position provides.

COPRESENTING ORGANIZATION

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MPG Consulting is committed to ensuring that organizations serving populations of color are prepared to provide transformative culturally and racially attuned clinical, programmatic, and administrative services. MPGC is certified in New York City as an M/WBE.  

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Mary Pender Greene, LCSW-R, CGP, President & CEO, MPG Consulting

OVERVIEW

The 2006 Compass Point/Meyer Foundation study, Daring to Lead, evidences that 17% of non-for-profit leadership are People of Color.  Boardsource’s 2015 report, Leading with Intent, puts the number even lower – 11%.  These statistics underscore how little leadership at the executive level represents the communities served.  Given the vast majority of not-for-profit organizations and NGO’s in the tristate area, it is crucial that dialogues about the issues of race, learned voicelessness and the invisible wounds of racial oppression be explored. This program will offer two compelling keynote presentations. Dr. Ken Hardy will explore the phenomena of Voicelessness and the pervasive impact it has on the lives of People of Color, as well as examine the emotional, psychological and spiritual effects it has on the everyday lives of the racially traumatized. Strategies for reclaiming one’s voice will be discussed. In addition, the racially insular social environment of white people in the U.S. has built expectations for racial comfort while at the same time lowering stamina for enduring racial stamina, i.e. “White Fragility." Dr. Robin DiAngelo will delve into White Fragility and White Silence as obstacles that prevent racially conscious whites from taking firm and unyielding stances against racial injustice.

Learning Objectives

PARTICIPANTS WILL BE ABLE TO:            

  • Define the phenomena of Voiceless among People of Color.
  • Identify at least one (1) strategy for reclaiming one’s voice.
  • Define the phenomena of White Fragility and White Silence.
  • Grasp at least one (1) skill white people can use to build their racial stamina.