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

While this five-session workshop welcomes participants of all identities, its focus is on racism as a system that White people created, maintain and condone - and White people have a responsibility to dismantle. The workshop will take participants beyond the headlines to impart an antiracist world view that will infuse every aspect of participants’ lives, when hearts are open to it. In this small online group setting you will: Examine the role of White people in dismantling racism, in becoming antiracist, and in building an equitable society. Explore the impact of White privilege and how being unaware of that advantage helps perpetuate racism. Write about your own racial awareness journey. Enhance your understanding and capacity for action through discussion of short readings, videos, and other materials. Share everyday racism-related situations where you may not have effectively responded and, using role plays, work out effective ways to challenge racism. Develop a specific plan for challenging racism in the workplace, an organization, or in the community, while being encouraged to find other people in your life who can provide support and serve as an accountability partner in implementing your plan.
Please note: Attendance at all sessions and completion of all assignments are required. Each participant will receive a phone call from one of the facilitators prior to the start of this program to review the commitment and class requirements.<
Co-Facilitators: Barbara Beckwith, Nicole Chininis



Start Date

October 12, 2022









5 Wednesdays, 6:30-8:30pm. Begins Oct. 12

This class will meet in-person at CCAE with a limited student capacity. Please note that COVID-19 proof of vaccination is required. Please view our In-Person Class Guidelines prior to enrolling.

Instructors: Barbara Beckwith, Nicole Chininis


Barbara Beckwith

Barbara is a White cisgender woman who was raised in racially isolated NY and NJ suburbs that had been regulated, by law and commercial practices, to insure they were all white. She had no teachers of color in K-12 nor at her New England college, where racial inequity was assumed to be caused by “the culture of poverty” (while Black Southerners were risking their lives—to get access to libraries, schools, stores, buses and ballot boxes). She earned two graduate degrees, considered herself a progressive feminist, co-led “diversity” efforts. But only by taking WPCR in 2001, and attending White Privilege Conferences could she clearly see her country’s “invisible” institutionalized racial inequity and take responsibility to help dismantle it. She is now committed to press for racial equity in each sphere of her life. And as a writer, she reflects on everyday racism—including her own—in her What Was I Thinking series (www.cddbooks.com). She lives in Cambridge. www.barbarabeckwith.net

Nicole Chininis

Nicole is a cis White woman from a predominantly White community in New Hampshire, created by redlining, racist policies of exclusion, including the creation of sundown towns. Benefitting from White privilege, Nicole knew little of the racial inequities that riddle our nation until her time in college, where she studied the effects of globalization, social justice, and sustainability. During her nine years as an advisor in international education in a higher education institution, she worked with the Office of Diversity and Inclusion and the Multicultural Center to address racial, systemic inequities. Nicole has worked as a project manager in a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion consulting firm, and currently works as a DEI specialist for a non-profit organization. She continues to work in the community as a mentor through Minds Matter Boston, and serves on MMB’s IDEA Volunteer Board. Nicole has committed herself to lifelong anti-racism work, including facilitating with WPCR.