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CSWAC Online Learning Series

What White People Can Do About Racism

How to act against racism from a position of
unearned (and unwanted) racial privilege

101: Fundamentals, Part 1

Next offering: March 30, April 13 & April 27, 2019


A free tutorial on the use of Zoom will be offered one half hour before the first workshop session. Signup is strongly recommended for those who are not experienced Zoom users.



This workshop is intended to give white people some basic knowledge about:

• racial structure

• building connections and cross-racial alliances

• finding direction on your journey as an effective change agent

• building a personal support network for the work you do

The workshop is appropriate for white people who are open to learning what to do about racism, perhaps feeling they should be doing something but not sure what. The workshop is also appropriate for people of color who want to support white people who want to take action against racism.


A 5-hour interactive workshop offered in two 2.5-hour sessions, using the Zoom online videoconferencing platform. The workshop 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 workshop 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 workshop ends. Light homework will be assigned.

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

• the origin of white identity

• colorblindness and color consciousness

• feelings about cross-racial relationships

• feelings about white identity

• white anti-racist writings, historical review

• anti-racist activism

• how to be an ally

• the impact of racism on white people

• how to develop a support network

• resources for further study and personal development


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


For more information, contact:

Robin Alpern (908) 245-4972, robin.alpern (at)

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

Testimonials from our in-person Fundamentals, Part 1 workshop

A great [five] hours. You should allow yourselves to feel respected for pushing the white envelope.

Jim Edler

You took my vague feelings about anti-racism and showed me how I can turn those into activism.

Betsy Tomic

Lots of variety. It went very fast. Openness, discussions were great.

Mary Farley

Felt connected with trainers and participants.

Wayne Henderson

This was an excellent workshop. Time very well spent. Very well prepared and thought out to keep participants involved and active through interactive dialogue...excellent handouts...lots of new data...great guidelines on how to move forward.

Peter Callaway

Thanks for keeping things moving along...excellent content and process, right amount of info for the time.

Judy Hinds

The workshop was very interactive, lots of activity and discussion which helped to keep it very interesting.

Christina Williams

Program was great, perfect AntiRacism 101 for those who are ready to learn. It was so good to be in the company of people who understand that we need to overcome our culture and make changes to our institutions and organizations.

Eddie Fried

The handouts -- comprehensive, provocative, clear, very organized.


Great intimate discussions, lots of opportunities for sharing personal experiences.


Excellent presentations; everything well organized and timetable adhered to.