Racial Justice Conversations: Understanding White Privilege

Jul 7, 2020, 6:30 pm

Racial Justice Series: Understanding White Privilege
facilitated by Dr. David Derezotes and Jude McNeil
Tuesday, July 7th at 6:30pm MST

RSVP required. Please sign up here: https://forms.gle/WBEFrPwCEdsN2gfKA

In this 90 minute zoom dialogue, facilitators Dr. Dave and Jude McNeil will guide an open discussion about the current climate surrounding the views of White privilege. What is White privilege? Why is it important to understand? How can privilege be transformed? How should one talk with family members, neighbors, and co-workers about it?

About the facilitators:

Dr. David Derezotes (Dr. Dave) is Professor, University of Utah, Chair of Mental Health, College of Social Work, Director of Peace & Conflict Studies, College of Humanities, Fellow, Center for Teaching & Learning Excellence, Facilitator for President Watkin’s Anti-Racism Task Force, Chair of Senate Advisory Committee on Diversity SACD, and MUSE Professor, Undergraduate Studies. He has been facilitating dialogues on campus and in the local and regional communities for over 30 years. When he is not working, or on his KRCL Radio program, The Radical Middle, he can often be found wandering on the Colorado Plateau.

Jude McNeil, MSW has over 20 years’ experience advocating for and with marginalized individuals and communities. After receiving a Master's Degree in Social Work, Jude has held several leadership positions including Executive Director with Odyssey Youth Movement and Board Chair with Operation Shine America. Jude also taught courses with Eastern Washington University in the School of Social Work. Currently, Jude works with the University of Utah as the Director of the Office for Inclusive Excellence. Jude also owns their own business, providing intercultural development training and partnering with organizations and systems to create and successfully implement policies and best practices that foster inclusive, diverse environments.

More about Zoom:
This conversation will be held online over a Zoom call, which will require a computer (preferred) or phone with a microphone and camera. We request that all participants, if possible, utilize their video option for the duration of the conversation so we can connect face-to-face, as well as commit to attend for the entirety of the call. The link to the Zoom call will be emailed the day of the conversation to all those who signed up with the link above, along with instructions and tips for using Zoom. No password is necessary, since the link will only be sent to those who RSVP’d. Subtitles can be available on the call if requested at least two days before the conversation.

Utah Humanities Virtual Community Conversations
Virtual Community Conversations are not lectures, panels, town halls, or presentations – these are actual conversations which require active participation from everyone on the call. You don’t need any expertise to participate!

You should attend as an individual rather than expecting to represent an organization or speak on behalf of a group of people. This is a space to make mistakes, to listen more than you speak, and to learn that understanding our differences is the most productive way to move forward.

We do not record the calls or share any names or personal details from the call afterward – this is to honor the privacy and confidentiality of participants, as well as encourage both a safe and brave space for people to share and learn.

Online Program

Event Contact:

Caitlin McDonald