This online book study is offered to anyone who has a sincere interest to deepen their knowledge and understanding of the systemic issues that plague the USA around race and who care deeply about social justice. The book study will last approximately 7 weeks (1 chapter a week), and allow opportunities for reflection and discussion after each chapter.
Praised by Harvard Law professor Lani Guinier as “brave and bold,” this
book directly challenges the notion that the election of Barack Obama
signals a new era of colorblindness. With dazzling candor, legal scholar
Michelle Alexander argues that “we have not ended racial caste in
America; we have merely redesigned it.” By targeting black men through
the War on Drugs and decimating communities of color, the U.S. criminal
justice system functions as a contemporary system of racial
control—relegating millions to a permanent second-class status—even as
it formally adheres to the principle of colorblindness. In the words of
Benjamin Todd Jealous, president and CEO of the NAACP, this book is a
“call to action.”
What is race? Ethnicity? How much of who we are is defined by our acceptance or rejection of these labels? These are some of the questions we will explore in Thriving in America as an Ethnically and Racially Conscious Person. Most people have a love-hate relationship with race and ethnicity. The positive aspects that include a sense of belonging and shared values are, sometimes, outweighed by the stereotypes and bias that diminish our experience as full participants in society and as whole human beings. The purpose of this course is to help you think about race and ethnicity as an evolving part of the human experience that, with understanding, self-reflection, and a willingness to engage in the larger world around us, can help you thrive.
Unconscious bias and stereotyping affect all of our relationships. The impact between teachers and students, teachers and parents, and teachers and other educators shapes the educational landscape in profound ways. The need for teachers, who are at the center of these relationships, to recognize their unconscious bias is critical to the success of students of color and to closing the achievement gap. Teaching White provides a strategic roadmap for educators to uncover their own bias, define or redefine their racial and ethnic identity, investigate the ways that school rewards some students but not others, and begin to form a personal plan of action to interrupt the predictable disproportionality in outcomes for students of colors.
Our online book studies are offered
to anyone who has a sincere interest to deepen their knowledge and
understanding of the systemic issues that plague the USA around race and marginalized groups and
who care deeply about social justice. The book studies allow opportunities to explore different cultures and perspectives to support our continued growth, understanding and appreciation of diversity and the many forms it takes. The book studies allow opportunities for
reflection and facilitated discussion after each module. In some cases CEU's and graduate credits may be available.
From a former marine and Yale Law School graduate, a probing look at the struggles of America’s white working class through the author’s own story of growing up in a poor Rust Belt town
Hillbilly Elegy is a passionate and personal analysis of a culture in crisis—that of poor, white Americans. The disintegration of this group, a process that has been slowly occurring now for over forty years, has been reported with growing frequency and alarm, but has never before been written about as searingly from the inside. In Hillbilly Elegy, J.D. Vance tells the true story of what a social, regional, and class decline feels like when you were born with it hanging around your neck.
The Vance family story began with hope in postwar America. J.D.’s grandparents were “dirt poor and in love” and moved north from Kentucky’s Appalachia region to Ohio in the hopes of escaping the dreadful poverty around them. They raised a middle-class family, and eventually one of their grandchildren would graduate from Yale Law School, a conventional marker of success in achieving generational upward mobility. But as the family saga of Hillbilly Elegy plays out, we learn that J.D.’s grandparents, aunt, uncle, sister, and, most of all, his mother struggled profoundly with the demands of their new middle-class life, never fully escaping the legacy of abuse, alcoholism, poverty, and trauma so characteristic of their part of America. With piercing honesty, Vance shows how he himself still carries around the demons of his chaotic family history.
A deeply moving memoir, with its share of humor and vividly colorful figures, Hillbilly Elegy is the story of how upward mobility really feels. And it is an urgent and troubling meditation on the loss of the American dream for a large segment of this country.