‘Unlearning Racism’ spring series begins Feb. 23

The Marquette Forum and the Office of Institutional Diversity and Inclusion will offer another series of the “Unlearning Racism” program this spring.

Over the course of six two-hour sessions, Marquette faculty and staff are invited to engage in exercises, listening pairs and discussions focused on the topic of racism.

Led by Dr. Martha Barryracial justice director of the YWCA of Southeast Wisconsin, and Dr. LG Shanklin-Flowers, founder and principal consultant of InReach, this six-part virtual series will help develop participants’ capacity to discuss and address issues of racism.  

The program seeks to help participants gain knowledge and understanding of: 

  • Implicit bias  
  • The historical implications of race 
  • The role of economic disparity in housing segregation  
  • The meaning of whiteness and internalized racism 

The intended outcome of the program is that individuals will  1) foster a personal commitment to address racism and 2) become equipped with tools to imagine and build richer relationships across racial differences. 

An additional session, “An Indigenous Perspective to Unlearning Racism” will be offered as part of this series. This module is an opportunity to introduce participants to Indigenous peoples and thoughtfully fill in gaps of (mis)understanding around their identities, histories, sovereignty and cultures. 

Participation is limited. Participants are asked to commit to the full six-session series: 

  • Tuesday, Feb. 23, 10 a.m. to noon 
  • Tuesday, March 2, 10 a.m. to noon 
  • Tuesday, March 9, 10 a.m. to noon 
  • Tuesday, March 16, 10 a.m. to noon 
  • Tuesday, March 23, 10 a.m. to noon 
  • Tuesday, March 30, 10 a.m. to noon 

Register via Eventbrite. With questions, contact Jacki Black, associate director for Hispanic initiatives.