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Becoming a White Antiracist: Virtual Talk with Dr. Ismaël Traoré
posted on June 24, 2020

Developing an antiracism perspective and practice is not an ordinary or definite outcome of living in a multicultural and multiracial society. It is an intentional and proactive process, which develops in fits and starts, and requires steadfast commitment. In this virtual talk, Dr. Traoré will discuss the common stages involved in developing a white identity, and the process, challenges, and breakthroughs in learning to be a white antiracist.

The focus of this event is not on racialized people’s racism, but on “whiteness.” While some participants may find this approach unlike conventional views and even challenging, attendees are asked to keeexperience with p an open mind and help create an atmosphere of intellectual curiosity, exploration, mutual respect, and self-reflection.

This event is suitable for people who already accept the following truths:

a) racism exits

b) it manifests in different ways

c) its existence is independent of hate

d) we live in a racialized society, and

e) we all are shaped and impacted by it in different ways.

Dr. Ismaël Traoré is a racial diversity, equity and inclusion educator, researcher and specialist. At the heart of his work is cultural and organizational change through evidence-based practices. He is interested in issues of power and privilege, cultural competency, and multicultural organizational development. Dr. Traoré has co-produced a documentary with Dr. Lisa Watt titled “Hamilton’s Ugly Underbelly: Racism” (2015). This educational film documents contemporary forms of racism, activism, and community healing in Hamilton, Ontario.

The deadline for registration for this event is Friday July 3rd, 2020


July 6, 2020
10:00 am - 12:30 pm