Race, White Privilege, Gender Pronouns: Resources, Essays and Books Etc.

Marwen’s teaching artist retreat on January 7th was a time for us to engage in dialogue and develop strategies to better serve the students we work with. Creating an inclusive classroom space begins with understanding the students that we serve, building new paradigms, strategies and practices. We sought to make this workshop interactive, a safe space for asking questions, and a space for learning from each other and our experiences. Specifically, we hoped to:

  1. Examine our own histories, contexts, education and biases.
  2. Be introduced to practical strategies to lead our classes with new viewpoints.
  3. Reflect on and define our ideas of what a safe and accepting classroom environment looks like from multiple perspectives and contexts.
  4. Make connections to our students’ experiences through conversation and creating artwork.

Discussion was lead by: Christina Gómez, MBA, PhD & Kelly Humrichouser, MS

The “required reading” list below was compiled from resources shared by our facilitators as well as from Marwen teaching artist William Estrada and staff member Lauren Williams. Please let me know if you’d like to add to the list.

White Privilege:

White Fragility, by Robin DiAngelo

Class Privilege Checklist

White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, by Peggy McIntosh

HANDOUT 1: WHITE PRIVILEGE (Simplified version here)

The Implicit Association Test 

PODER: Reimagining the Privilege Line Exercise, By Christina Torres

Race & Racism:

Children are not Colorblind, by Erin Winkler

Re-Thinking Racism: Toward a Structural Interpretation, by Eduardo Bonilla-Silva

Loving Blackness as Political Resistance, by bell hooks

Why Are All the Black Kids Sitting Together in the Cafeteria: And Other Conversations About Race, by Beverly Tatum 

The Root Magazine

Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Race, Gender, and Sexual Orientation, by Derald Wing Sue


Chicago Public Schools: Guidelines to Support Transgender Students, Employees and Adults 

Gender Pronouns

Something to add? Contact kadams@marwen.org




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