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The Academy: In Black and Whiteness

This course responds to calls from both students and wider society to take an anti-colonial approach the education system, curriculum and institutions. This learning will take place in an honest and supportive environment.

 

We think this course will be of interest to students who want to learn more about whiteness as a system how it is alive and well in of academia. We also know that it is present inside individuals and patterns of behaviour, attitudes and beliefs. Many across the world have been motivated to deepen their understanding of ‘race’, whiteness and inequality because they know that something is wrong, change is necessary and we can make a difference. This course will walk towards difficult conversations that we usually avoid. Knowing how to have these discussions is important if we really want change.

 

Workshop dates

 

Group A: 1st – 3rd June 2021

Group B: 8th – 10th June 2021

 

The course will be delivered in partnership with brap; an equalities and human rights charity whose mission is to ‘make people’s lives fairer and more equal’, they have been active in the equalities sector for over 21 years. They have a track record of work with a number of universities and student unions focusing on equality issues. brap bring this expertise as well as that gained from other sectors to the course. This is an opportunity for M4C students to work interactively, network at a time when this is difficult, and also forge new links with an internationally recognised Birmingham based organisation. By the end of the 3-part course students will have a deeper understanding of the concepts of ‘race’, whiteness, white privilege and structural discrimination.

 

Due to the nature of participation in Part 3 not everyone may be interested or suited to continue to this phase.  Part 3 has been especially developed to offer 50% of each cohort a chance to explore the issues beyond cognitive analysis, focussing on emotional and physiological activation in participants work on race. You will be able to express your interest in Part 3 during the course registration, if the level of interest is high the facilitators will look at how to accommodate this.

 

This course is a 3-part programme:

 

Part 1: The Power of Whiteness

 

  • Explore the concept of whiteness and the impact it has on identity
  • Discuss the relationship whiteness has with (individual) power and privilege
  • Expose the systems and structures which uphold whiteness in society
  • Consider the role we all play in maintaining the system of whiteness

     

    Part 2: An End to Whiteness?

     
  • Understand the barriers encountered when considering changes to how society is constructed
  • Examine your own appetite for change and use of your power
  • Explore the potential challenges of changing the narrative regarding equity in the academy
  • Consider what anti-racist practice can do to ‘end the power of whiteness’

     

    Part 3: Noticing and Learning from ‘Self’

     
  • Engage in facilitated reflective practice focussed on self-work, and perspective shifting meta-skill development to support sustained anti-racist practice
  • Reflective skills – a focus on: what you know, what you have learnt, what you noticed about yourself and your responses to the content of these sessions

 

The sessions are scheduled as follows:

 

Group A

 

Sessions

Date

Time

Location

Booking

Part 1

1 June 2021

13:00 – 16:00

Zoom*

Register Here

 

 

Part 2

2 June 2021

13:00 – 16:00

Zoom*

Part 3

3 June 2021

13:00 – 16:00

Zoom*

 

Group B

 

Sessions

Date

Time

Location

Booking

Part 1

8 June 2021

13:00 – 16:00

Zoom*

Register Here

 

 

Part 2

9 June 2021

13:00 – 16:00

Zoom*

Part 3

10 June 2021

13:00 – 16:00

Zoom*

*The link to the zoom session will be sent out via email

 

Please note:

  • For Part 1 and 2 the number for each group is capped at 30 students.
  • For Part 3 there are only 15 places available to ensure a structured space with opportunity to engage with each participant. The rationale of this session will be explained by the facilitators on Day 1.
  • The course will be run twice, once for Group A and once for Group B
  • All sessions will be held in the afternoon from 13.00 – 16.00.
  • The impact of the COVID19 pandemic means that these sessions will be delivered online using zoom as interactive webinars.
  • There may be a small amount of pre-course reading material (e.g. info-graphs or short videos to watch).

 

 

If you would like to attend please Register above.

 

The deadline for registration is the: 27 May 2021

 

 

 


1st-3rd June and 8th-10th June 2021

Zoom