Dr. Harvey will facilitate an all-day workshop with sessions focused on:
What’s Racial Identity Got to Do with It?
Our racial identities are not simply aspects of our physical bodies. They are not reducible to physical characteristics. Our racial identities are aspects of our development. They emerge as we journey and grow through families, school systems, various social experiments, and work environments. All of these bring us into contact with social structures that are themselves hierarchical and unjust — even if and as we believe in equality and justice.
These intersections between social structures and our personal lives are part of the reason race can be such a difficult topic of conversation in multi-racial settings. They are also one reason questions about how to best challenge or speak up against racism can sometimes seem so obvious to African American, Native American, Latino and other people of color and yet so difficult and frightening to white Americans.
Investigating Our Own Racial Journeys
This session will feature discussions on racial identity development theory and the ways white racial identity development impacts our interracial relationships and anti-racism work. Reflection on and understanding of white racial identity is critical for clarifying and generating empowering responses to it as we seek to work together across lines of racial difference for justice.
And, Back to History
In this session, participants will engage in a brief overview of U.S. racial history that reveals the complications whiteness poses that are not only part of the reason it has proven so difficult to achieve meaningful and robust diversity in the United States.
Digging In and Getting Concrete: Next Steps.
This session will focus on the notions of repair and reparations and working to identify next steps for action. What might repair and reparation actually look like? What justice issues already exist in the local contexts of those in attendance that might be understood in terms of reparative work?
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Dr. Jennifer Harvey is a professor at Drake University, Huffington Post blogger and adviser to faith communities, academic audiences, government entities, and businesses around the nation. She is coming to Dubuque to discuss and workshop the ideas in her book, Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation. She challenges people of all faiths (and those without) to listen to leaders of color who urge that equity efforts begin with repair rather than reconciliation, in order to move toward the genuinely diverse partnerships that mark healthy communities. She will host a plenary session on Friday, and an all-day workshop on Saturday.
This equity learning opportunity is sponsored by: Inclusive Dubuque Network, Loras Kucera Center, Sisters of Charity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Sisters of St. Francis, Wartburg Theological Seminary and Downtown Dubuque Christian Outreach