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Bill Howe has been an educator for 35 years in the U.S. and Canada and has given over 400 workshops, lectures and keynotes on diversity, multicultural education and organizational development. He is a regular presenter at state and national conferences, has appeared on both radio and television on diversity issues. Over the past fifteen years, he has trained over 14,000 educators in multicultural education.
Teaching may not be the oldest profession, but probably the most noble.
Though people dumped on Bill O’Reilly for not understanding white privilege, the truth is most white people don’t understand it. I know I didn’t — until it was thoroughly explained to me in a full semester graduate school course. Here’s a short, info-packed explanation.
1) Examine The Word Privilege
common misperception: privilege = rich
actual meaning in this context: material, psychological, and convenience advantages
Refocus the conversation by examining a few other ‘privileged’ American social statuses, such as…
Able-bodied privilege. Able-bodied people have the privilege of:
Sexual-orientation privilege. Straight people have the privilege of:
Class privilege. Middle and upper-middle class people have the privilege of:
2) Examine The Word White
common misperception: white is a natural, biological term
actual meaning in this context: a legal term created in 1681 to describe a group of people from assorted European countries
Provide a quick education on the term’s history.
To learn more about the legal history of the term white, read Birth of a White Nation, by Jacqueline Battalora
To learn more about the conceptual ideas about whiteness, read The History of White People, by Dr. Nell Irwin Painter
3) Now …. Examine White Privilege
common misperception: white privilege is limited to slavery and Jim Crow Laws
how it actually works: white privilege is the ongoing pattern of material, psychological, and convenience advantages conferred to individuals able to be perceived, both legally and practically, as white
In America, white people are more likely to:
I have stumbled and struggled to understand white privilege. You can read all about my cringeworthy journey in Waking Up White: and Finding Myself in the Story of Race.
OMG – I Get It! Now What?
Great! You get it. That’s huge. There’s lots to learn once the paradigm shift occurs. Unfortunately, there’s nothing white people can do to get rid of their privilege until America’s institutions use their power to dismantle our old inequitable systems and structures. But hey, people run those, right? So, educate yourself, learn to talk about it – which can be shockingly tongue-tying at first — then, use your accumulating wisdom and skill to engage other white people who may also appreciate some clarity on the issue.
Take The Challenge
If you’re really fired up, take the 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge!
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“Wow, you’re so articulate.”
“Are you the cleaning lady?”
“Do you have a Ph.D.?”
“James? What’s your real Asian name?”
You’ve heard (or heard of) statements like these. Students and scholars call them “microaggressions”—casual, everyday comments and questions that might not rise to the level of a verbal altercation or a physical beatdown, but are rooted in stereotyping and racially-biased assumptions nevertheless.
Some microaggressions are obvious. But it can take a well-tuned ear to perceive the subtleties and nuances in others. The people delivering coded comments might actually intend them as compliments, not realizing that they are holding on to stereotypes that are invisible to them.
Added over time, these slights and jabs—at scholars of color’s appearance, intelligence, scholarly work, and their mere presence on campus—can take an emotional and physical toll. Some underrepresented scholars have told me they’re exhausted from being battle-rammed in interactions with hiring committees, with students in the classroom, and in department meetings with fellow faculty members.
The greatest microaggression, some say, is that they feel unable to express their displeasure. That’s because they don’t want to be perceived as “angry” people of color who constantly play “the race card.” A few others say they’ve learned not to get angry or paranoid: Microaggressions, they say, reflect the flaws of the people dishing them out. Better to invest their time and energy on working on things they can change.
These issues are explored in a new film called Dear White People, out in wide release today, which takes a satirical look at how four black students at a fictitious Ivy League college navigate stereotypes and racial slights. The film comes with a companion book, Dear White People: A Guide to Inter-Racial Harmony in ‘Post-Racial’ America—a tongue-in-cheek guide designed to help white people learn what is and isn’t appropriate to say or do when interacting with black peers. For example: Don’t touch a black person’s hair without permission. Don’t dress up in blackface for a Halloween party. Don’t date a black person just to satisfy a racial fetish. Things like that.
Inspired by the film and the book, I was curious about what other microaggressions real graduate students and professors from different ethnic and racial backgrounds experience. So I reached out to a few dozen folks who were eager to share examples of comments they’ve heard in academic settings.
Here they are. Consider this our own manual to academic microaggressions—a half-funny, half-helpful guide to how some comments might unintentionally come across. And remember: These came from the scholars themselves, so don’t kill the messenger.
The Microaggression Translation Chart for Academics
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NAME 2014 Conference Theme for the 24th International Conference – www.nameorg.org
Hilton Golf & Tennis Resort • Tucson AZ – Nov. 5 – 9, 2014
Dismantling Fronteras through Multicultural Education: Con Comunidad, Cariño y Coraje
This popular component of annual NAME Conferences offers opportunities to interact with some our leading scholars in these informal sessions. These sessions run during the concurrent session blocks.
This year, we are proud to include the following scholars:
Rethinking Schools editor, Wayne Au, will talk about his book, Rethinking Multicultural Education: Teaching for Racial and Cultural Justice (2nd Edition, Rethinking Schools Publication). This new and expanded edition collects the best articles dealing with race and culture in the classroom that have appeared in Rethinking Schools magazine. Moving beyond a simplistic focus on heroes and holidays, and foods and festivals, Rethinking Multicultural Education demonstrates a powerful vision of anti-racist, social justice education. Practical, rich in story, and analytically sharp, Rethinking Multicultural Education reclaims multicultural education as part of a larger struggle for justice and against racism, colonization, and cultural oppression—in schools and society. Au is also professor at University of Washington–Bothell. Conversation: FRIDAY 5:00-5:50pm
Alyssa Hadley Dunn, Michigan State University, will discuss her book, Teachers Without Borders?: The Hidden Consequences of International Teachers in U.S. Schools (Teachers College Press, 2013). This book explores the intersections of multicultural and global education, teachers’ lives in a neoliberal world, and culturally relevant pedagogy for urban youth. Teachers Without Borders? is the story of four Indian teachers who came to the United States in the face of tremendous personal and professional odds to teach in urban schools. Bringing their experiences to life, this ground-breaking empirical study examines an essential question: If international teachers face daily exploitation, a lack of personal and professional support, and a lack of pedagogical and cultural preparation, are they able to give urban students the high-quality multicultural education they need and deserve? Conversation: SATURDAY 11:00-11:50pm
Paul Gorski’s professional and spiritual passions lie in building movements and engaging in processes for creating equitable and just organizations, schools, and communities. In addition to serving as associate professorship at Loyola University, where he helped found and run an undergraduate program in Social Justice, he is founder of www. EdChange.org, a coalition of educators and activists providing professional development on educational equity, creating free resources for fellow educators and activists, and modeling a commitment to moving beyond celebrating the joys of diversity and toward educational equity in schools and communities.
Gorski’s new publications, Reaching and Teaching Students in Poverty: Strategies for Erasing the Opportunity Gap (Teachers College Press, 2013), equips educators with the knowledge and practical strategies they need to bolster the learning and engagement of students in poverty. In a collegial and narrative tone the author draws from decades of research to deconstruct popular myths, misconceptions, and educational practices that undercut the achievement of low-income students before carefully describing the challenges that students in poverty face and the resiliencies they and their families draw upon. Most importantly, this book provides specific, evidence-based strategies for teaching youth by creating equitable, bias-free learning environments.
Conversation: SATURDAY 10-:00-10:50am
Long-time NAME scholar, Gary Howard is a powerful and effective voice in systemic equity reform. His writings and seminars confronting the most difficult issues of race and privilege in modern education have transformed teacher mindsets and improved outcomes for diverse students in America and abroad. In this conversation Howard will introduce his new book: We Can’t Lead Where We Won’t Go: An Educator’s Guide to Equity (SAGE: Corwin publication). It features 33 teacher-tested professional development strategies designed to promote equity-centered school reform. The session will include a premier showing of school-based videos that accompany the book.
This guide is the cornerstone of a new set of professional development materials developed to address today’s educational inequities. Eschewing the punitive tone that often characterizes this dialogue in favor of a focus on the healing process, it includes:
William A. Howe, Past-President of NAME, is the Education Consultant for Multicultural Education at the Connecticut State Department of Education. In 2006 he was named the G. Pritchy Smith Multicultural Educator of the Year at the Annual NAME Conference in Phoenix, AZ. He is also an adjunct professor of education at the University of Connecticut, Albertus Magnus College and Quinnipiac University. He is the Connecticut State Title IX Coordinator and Chair of the Connecticut Asian Pacific American Affairs Commission. In addition to numerous articles, he was a coauthor of the Handbook for Achieving Gender Equity through Education, 2nd Edition. He has been an educator for over 35 years in the U.S. and Canada and has made seven trips to China and one to South Africa to study multicultural education. In 2007 he made his first trip to Israel to study the Holocaust. Conversation: FRIDAY 4:00-4:50pm
Penelope L. Lisi, Editor of Multicultural Perspectives, the official scholarly publication of NAME. is Professor in the Department of Educational Leadership at Central Connecticut State University. Her scholarship work focuses on leadership for social justice, leadership for teaching and learning, and leadership in international school settings. She has made more than 20 trips to Iceland to investigate educational leadership in an environment of school change. Penny has delivered more than 45 peer-reviewed papers at conferences in the United States, England, Finland, Portugal, Hungary, Switzerland, Jamaica, and Iceland. She is an adjunct faculty in the Global Education Program through the College of New Jersey and has taught summer courses since 2005 in Palma de Mallorca. With long-time collaborator Bill Howe, they will discuss their first text together is Becoming a Multicultural Educator: Developing Awareness, Gaining Skills, and Taking Action. Conversation: FRIDAY 4:00-4:50pm
Virginia Lea is Associate Professor, University of Wisconsin-Stout and Professor Emeritus, Sonoma State University. She will be discussing her new publication, Constructing Critical Consciousness: Narratives that Unmask Hegemony, and Ideas for Creating Greater Equity in Education. New York: Peter Lang (2014). The book contributes insights into the dynamic socio-economic, political, and cultural mechanisms that make up the processes we call hegemony in the modern neo-liberal state, especially as these processes impact K-12 and higher education. Hegemonic narratives and processes, like race and whiteness, persuade us to agree to certain dominant ideas, values and beliefs that have the consequence of reproducing asymmetrical power relationships. Indeed, we come to internalize these ideas, values and beliefs to such an extent that we see them as “normal,” or “common sense.” Hegemony convinces those of us who benefit from dominant institutional and cultural arrangements and those of us who are oppressed by them that these arrangements are “natural.” In fact, although many people are actively engaged in social justice work, as a result of hegemony, some, who are disadvantaged by the status quo, are active in defending it. The book exposes some of the challenges, barriers, and struggles encountered in challenging hegemony. It shares research studies and reflective narratives, analyzed through a critical multicultural lens, that unmask the ways in which hegemonic processes operate often under the guise of progressive language. It also offers ideas for interrupting the tenacity of hegemonic processes in teacher and K-12 education. Conversation: THURSDAY 3:00-3:50pm
Venus Evans Winter’s Re(Teaching Trayvon): Education for Racial Justice and Human Freedom is an edited text that compiles critical activist scholars who push us beyond the murderous context of anti-Black violence towards critical educational solutions (published October 2014). In this Conversation, the editor (Dr. Evans-Winters from Illinois State University, and one author (NAME Regional Director, Chris Knaus), will discuss the larger media implications rooted in racism and global violence, as well as the role of schools in perpetuating and justifying the killing of our youth. They center a critical race informed approach to school transformation as a solution to state-sanctioned violence, and remind audiences that the onslaught against Black bodies will not stop until we dramatically transform schools and societal structures. This cannot happen through academia or scholarship alone. Conversation: SATURDAY 2:00-2:50pm
The mission of The National Teachers Hall of Fame is to recognize and honor exceptional career teachers, encourage excellence in teaching, and preserve the rich heritage of the teaching profession in the United States.
The vision of The National Teachers Hall of Fame is to be a prominent national organization that enhances the public’s awareness of the vital role of education in society by working collaboratively with national education organizations and building linkages with other national teacher recognition programs. The Hall of Fame will recognize and celebrate the accomplishments of exceptional career teachers, preserve their careers in museum and virtual formats, and utilize their skills and experiences to elevate teacher quality and student learning through integrated programming.
Whiteness Project: Inside the White Caucasian Box is the first installment of a multiplatform investigation into how Americans who identify as “white” experience their ethnicity. Director and Producer Whitney Dow discusses the making of this collection of 24 interviews filmed in Buffalo, NY in July 2014.
NAME 24th International ANNUAL Conference in Tucson AZ – Nov. 5 – 9, 2014
NAME’s annual Intensive Institutes offer extended focus on particularly critical issues and opportunities to work with noted NAME activists. The institutes are scheduled so that participants do NOT miss the general sessions. Additional fees and pre-registration are required.
Institutes can be “added-on” to existing registration through the on-line registration process. Space is limited. go to www.nameorg.org
Weds, Nov. 5 – 2pm to 5pm
W1. Developing a Multicultural Education Course – Higher Education
This new interactive Intensive Institute is designed specifically for faculty who teach or wish to teach courses in multicultural education. The presenter has taught multicultural education for almost twenty years in workshop settings, traditional classroom settings, blended courses, and online courses. Join in discussions about resistant students, mono-cultural and mono-lingual students, balancing theory and practice, the struggles of online teaching and more. Content includes review of sample course syllabi, use of simulations, video, assignments and assessment.
Presenter: William A. Howe, Past-President of NAME, CT Department of Education and University of Connecticut, Albertus Magnus College and Quinnipiac University.
Fee: $49 for members/ $69 for non-members
Sat Nov 8 Afternoon – 2 – 4:50pm
S12. Developing a Multicultural Curriculum– PK-12 and Community Settings
Since 1995, more than 4,000 people have taken this nationally recognized program to learn how to create a multicultural curriculum. Content will cover fundamental theory, definitions, goals, objectives and models. Participants will learn a method for creating lesson plans that are multicultural. Learning outcomes include how to prepare all students for a diverse workforce and a global economy; and how to increase student achievement through culturally responsive teaching.
Presenter: William A. Howe, Past-President of NAME, CT Department of Education; University of Connecticut, Albertus Magnus College and Quinnipiac University
Fee: $49 for members/ $69 for non-members
I am a white, middle class male professor at a big, public university, and every year I get up in front of a hundred and fifty to two hundred undergraduates in a class on the history of race in America and I ask them to shout white racial slurs at me.
Published on Apr 15, 2014
This Excerpt from 1992 episode with teacher Jane Elliott’s showed “The Oprah Winfrey Show” at its best. The Iowa schoolteacher speaks after applied her famous blue-eyes-vs.-brown-eyes experiment to the show’s studio audience, separating the people on the basis of eye pigment and giving one group preferential treatment over the other; by the time the show started, the resentment fostered by this brief period of inequality spilled over into visible, simmering hostility. As a statement about the roots of racism, Elliott’s exercise was powerful stuff — the fact that it was initially designed to impart the lesson for grade-school children didn’t dim its impact on the show’s adult viewers.