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CSWAC Online Learning Series

150: Why Color Matters

A Consciousness-raising Webinar

Next offering: August 2, 9 & 16, 2018



This webinar is intended to explore:

• colorblindness as a racial ideology

• how colorblindness compares to white supremacy

• how colorblindness compares to color consciousness

• origin and history of colorblindness

• problems and ramifications of colorblindness

• origin and history of color consciousness

• effectiveness of color consciousness as pathway to racial justice

• practical applications of color consciousness

•personal steps

•societal remedies


A 6-hour interactive webinar offered in three 2-hour sessions, using the Zoom online videoconferencing platform. The webinar varies between didactic presentation, small group discussion, large group discussion, and slideshow presentations. A set of electronic resources (articles, videos, diagrams, etc.) is provided to each participant. The webinar is recorded for the benefit of participants who wish to review it later. Participants are invited to join a Google group for discussion between sessions and after the webinar ends. Light homework will be assigned for each session.

PLEASE NOTE: The webinar depends in part on visual aids such as PowerPoints and infographics. While Zoom allows participants to phone in without a camera, we do not recommend this. The webinar is designed as a videoconference, and important content will be lost to participants lacking video capability. Please plan to use a device equipped with webcam.


The webinar touches on several topics in an introductory way, including

• how colorblindness perpetuates white supremacy

• the coded language of colorblindness

• recognizing and naming whiteness

• benefits of color consciousness

• resources for further study and personal development


Cost: $75 per participant. All registrations are final. We are not able to issue refunds for anyone who misses the webinar.


For more information, contact:

Robin Alpern (914) 736-5447, robin.alpern (at)

Jeff Hitchcock (908) 245-4972, contact (at)