Based on the Book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Moderated by Rita Cameron Wedding, Ph.D.
March 16, 2021 at 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. MST
(11:00 Pacific, 1:00 Central, 2:00 Eastern)
As Americans, we have faced unimaginable events in this past year that have left us reeling and divided along political, race and class lines. The pandemic has claimed the lives of over 400,000 of us. It exposed the impact of systemic racism in health care, education, employment, and wealth contributing to food insecurities while pushing many into food lines and homelessness. This book club is born out of the overwhelming responses from Dr. Cameron Wedding’s Implicit Bias Micro Learning when many people asked for more in-depth conversations about systemic racism. This book club is based on the belief that we are all in this together, and that we must be united in working to achieve America's greatness.
The guiding questions of our book club are:
- What is the efficacy of whiteness for individuals and institutions?
- White fragility is key to preserving systemic racism.
- What can you do to challenge white fragility and its ability to preserve systemic racism?
The first 10 registrants will receive a WICSEC prize!
Come Prepared to Discuss the Book
Read the book prior to participating in the Book Club, so that you are prepared to discuss it. You can buy the book using the links below or check the book out at your local library.
Rita Cameron Wedding, Ph.D., was our Implicit Bias Microlearning speaker in August 2020. She was the Women’s Studies Department Chair at Sacramento State University for 23 years and is currently a professor in the departments of Women’s Studies and Ethnic Studies. Dr. Cameron Wedding’s curriculum Implicit Bias: Impact on Decision-Making has been used to train judges, public defenders, practitioners in child welfare, juvenile justice, law enforcement, and education in jurisdictions throughout the country since 2005. As a faculty for the National Council of Juvenile and Family Court Judges (NCJFCJ), she has trained judges at court improvement initiatives in over 40 states. In 2010 Dr. Cameron Wedding was featured in the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention’s (OJJDP) website, which showcased her work for “content, expertise and platform excellence.”
She was also a consultant for the Annie E. Casey Foundation, one of the largest child advocacy foundations in the U.S. In 2013 in response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s 3-year investigation and findings of civil rights violations, Dr. Cameron Wedding led a training team of 5 experts to provide implicit bias training to the entire Shelby County Juvenile Court.
In California 2009-11, she directed the Regional Training Project funded by the California Board of State and Community Corrections. This training project utilized an interdisciplinary advisory board composed of educators, social workers, and law enforcement personnel to design an effective curriculum to mitigate the effects of the School to Prison Pipeline. This project delivered 43 trainings to identify practices that contribute to negative school outcomes that put students at increased risk of juvenile justice involvement.
Dr. Cameron Wedding has conducted implicit bias Train the Trainer Institutes, webinars, and curriculum development in numerous agencies and states throughout the country. Dr. Cameron Wedding’s work includes training and keynotes on implicit bias for the Texas New Judges College, the National Association of Children’s Counsel, the Family Court of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, Child Abuse and Neglect Institutes in Reno, Louisville, and Atlanta, the New York State Judicial Institute, Superior Court Judges in Hawaii and Illinois, and the Michigan Judges Association. In addition, Dr. Cameron Wedding provided expert testimony before the U.S. Commission on Child Abuse and Neglect Fatalities (2015) and researched expert testimony on a federal jury trial (2016). She is a presenter for Georgetown University’s Center for Juvenile Justice and Reform Conference. In 2017, and developed a curriculum on implicit bias for police de-escalation curriculum for Fight Crime Invest In Kids and used to train over 5000 in-service and academy officers in the U.S.
Dr. Cameron Wedding is currently developing a security officer Train-the-Trainer curriculum for Google to be taught in various parts of the world. As a Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Cameron Wedding researched in Tanzania and South Africa. She has presented on national talk radio in Johannesburg and Cape Town, South Africa, taught at the United Nations University for Peace in Costa Rica and the United Nations University International Leadership Institute Conference on the Palestinian-Israeli Conflict in Amman, Jordan. In 2014 she delivered a talk at an international conference in Athens Greece, in 2016, she participated on a faculty panel at the City University of Hong Kong. She serves on the governing board of Global Majority, an organization dedicated to peace and conflict resolution throughout the world.
In 2012 Dr. Cameron Wedding was the recipient of the John C. Livingston Distinguished Faculty Lecturer Award, the highest faculty honor awarded by Sacramento State University.