White People Challenging Racism: Moving from Talk to Action - Part 1

People of all racial identities are welcome to join us as we focus on the role of white people in dismantling racism and building a just society. In these workshops, we use a multi-pronged approach to growing both our understanding and our capacity for action. In part1 we'll examine the impact of white privilege and how being unaware of that advantage helps perpetuate racism. We’ll discuss short readings, videos, podcasts and other materials to enhance our understanding. We will share everyday situations we have confronted and using role plays, work out effective ways to respond to and challenge racism. Each participant will develop a specific plan for challenging racism (in the workplace, organizations, community and personal circles) and will be encouraged to find other people in their lives who can provide support and serve as allies in implementing the plan. Co-facilitators: Devon Davidson, Shannon Fuller, Xochi Kuontz, Melanie Roche-Laputka



Start Date

September 25, 2019









5 Wednesdays, 5:45-7:45pm. Begins Sep. 25 No class Oct. 9

Instructors: Devon Davidson, Melanie Roche-Laputka


Devon Davidson

Devon is fortunate to have spent her career working for social justice organizations as a peace activist, fundraiser and community educator. She has actively promoted affirmative action and has been a racial justice educator for many years. She has also taught English to Students of Other Languages. Currently she is active in the sanctuary and immigrant rights movement. She has a BA with honors from Oberlin College and an MA from Brandeis University. She loves to travel and has lived for a year each in Paris and Barcelona and shorter periods of time in Oaxaca, Mexico. Devon identifies as a white woman.

Melanie Roche-Laputka

History & Contemporary Issues Instructor