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

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 part 1 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: Michelle Chalmers and Shannon Fuller

Due to the rare circumstances of COVID 19 and physical distancing, this three-week workshop modifies the workshops WPCR has provided for the past twenty years at CCAE and is for the sole purpose of an online platform trial. No decision about future online offerings has been made by WPCR leadership at this time.



Start Date

July 11, 2020









3 Saturdays, July 11, 18 & 25 9:30am-11:30am and 2 Thursdays, July 30 & August 6, 7-9pm.
Please note: This schedule was adjusted from what was originally planned.

This class will meet online using Zoom. The zoom link and information on how to join will be emailed to you.
If you register the day before the class begins or after the first date, please contact zoom@ccae.org for the link.

Instructors: Shannon Fuller, Michelle Chalmers


Shannon Fuller

Shannon is an educator, activist, and writer who has lived in Boston for more than 18 years. She has a strong interest in helping people learn to make informed, compassionate, and sustainable choices as citizens and consumers. Her work focuses on the belief that the Earth’s health, human rights, and animal rights are not separate issues and must be addressed simultaneously in order to be sustainable. She currently works in human services in Boston.

Michelle Chalmers

Michelle Chalmers, MSW Michelle is a racial justice educator and facilitator of diversity conversations. Michelle received a BSW from Wheelock College in Boston, an MSW from San Diego State University. Michelle is the author of the children’s books, “The Skin on My Chin” and “The Story of METCO.” Please visit her website www.theskinonmychin.com. Michelle is available for author visits for children of all ages, parent and teacher training on having difficult conversations with young children and understanding human diversity. Michelle identifies as a white woman.