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Biography
Topics
Multiculturalism
Racism/Racial Justice
White Privilege
Robin DiAngelo is a dynamic and provocative speaker addressing the highly charged topic of what it means to be white in a society that proclaims race meaningless, yet is deeply divided by race. Speaking as a white person, DiAngelo clearly and compellingly takes her audience through an analysis of white socialization - what she calls white racial illiteracy. She describes how race shapes the lives of white people, explains what makes racism so hard for whites to see, identifies common white racial patterns, and speaks back to popular white narratives that work to deny racism. With remarkable skill she helps participants to see the "water" that obscures how racism works in our daily lives - the miseducation about what racism actually is; ideologies such as individualism and colorblindness; defensiveness; and the tendency to protect (rather than expand) our worldviews.
DiAngelo's scholarship and research in Whiteness Studies has been concerned with the challenges of an increasingly white teaching force and an increasingly diverse student population. A former Associate Professor of Multicultural Education, DiAngela was twice honored with the Student's Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington. In addition to her academic work, DiAngelo has been a workplace diversity and racial justice consultant and trainer for over 20 years. In this capacity she was appointed to co-design, develop and deliver the Race and Social Justice Initiative anti-racism training for the City of Seattle.
DiAngelo has numerous publications and just released her second book, What Does it Mean to be White? Developing White Racial Literacy. Her previous book (with Özlem Sensoy), Is Everyone Really Equal: An Introduction to Social Justice Education received the Critics' Choice Award by the American Educational Studies Association. Her work on White Fragility has appeared in Alternet, Salon.com, NPR, Colorlines, Huffington Post and The Good Men Project.
Testimonials
"With directness, sensitivity, and clarity, Robin DiAngelo leads [participants] through a series of challenging and revelatory discussions that have profound implications ... Her question, What does it mean to be white?, underscores the pressing need for honest dialogueŠabout this tremendously important topic."
-Sonia Nieto, Professor Emerita, Language, Literacy, and Culture, University of Massachusetts
"Rarely will one find an analysis of whiteness (and the problems associated with it) that is as comprehensive as this one (referring to her first book "What Does it Mean to Be White?"). From incisive and wide-ranging critiques of how white folks deflect, deny, and evade the topic of racism, and the implications of our own racial identity and position, to an absolutely on-point interrogation of how racism and whiteness influence white teachers-in-training, and thus, the larger educational process, Robin DiAngelo demonstrates the kind of clarity of thought so needed on this important subject."
-Tim Wise, Author of White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son
 

"This book (What Does It Mean to Be White?")goes well beyond Diversity Training 101. It is filled with comprehensive knowledge and useful tools for understanding racism and white people's role in it. An invaluable resource for every educator, student, practitioner, and concerned citizen; you will be better prepared to address all forms of oppression after reading this book."

-Eddie Moore, Founder of The White Privilege Conference

"Last Thursday, 22 of your San Francisco colleagues went through the White Fragility training with Robin DiAngelo. It was a powerful, eye-opening and emotional experience. It was the first time many white people (Matt and I included) stepped back to examine our whiteness, and the role that whiteness plays in creating racism. We highly recommend our white colleagues attending this training when it comes to your office. We hope it will open up an opportunity to talk honestly with our colleagues about whiteness in our lives, at FSG and within our work in systems change."

"Robin is a fantastic facilitator and the session has had me thinking and discussing my whiteness with just about everyone in my life. While I think the SF office would agree that we still have a lot of work to do, Robin's session laid the foundation for building greater trust and compassion among one another. I'm looking forward to future conversations on whiteness in our office and across the firm."

"I have seen you present your work in multiple spaces, and each time I'm in awe of your ability to lead a room full of white people to a collective understanding about white supremacy."

-Marisa Anderle, Graduate Assistant, Western Washington University
 

"I just want to thank you for your work on white fragility. As a white person, this made the most sense to me of anything I have read on the topic of race and white people."

-Joy Brennan

"You do such an amazing job at dealing with the topic of white fragility and privilege!  I find it really hard to talk to other white people about this without shutting them down and I wanted to write to thank you for giving us some of the tools to approach both my own and others' defensiveness about our participation in systematic inequality."

- Sean Corbell

"I just read your article "11 Ways White America Avoids Taking Responsibility for its Racism" and wanted to say thank you. Thank you for studying, thank you for writing, thank you for sharing, and thank you for your work -- internal and otherwise."
 
- Diaris Alexander
 

"Dr. DiAngelo, your article \"11 Ways\" is so powerful and I am so grateful that you wrote it. I have spent a good portion of my life attempting to grow as a true ally. I have never read anything that puts the issues of addressing my racism and that of others in the white community more clearly and powerfully."

- Trish Sullivan Vanni

"Your nuanced but clearly and succinctly articulated take on race, the power structure, and  predominantly white culture's place in the issue needs to be the starting point for the national conversation."

- Brian Makin

"I'm a huge fan of clarity and insight, and your article had oodles of both. It was exceedingly insightful, in more ways than one. You hit on so many points that ring very true to me as a person of color but also as a keen observer of race in America; and you covered ground that I hadn't known or considered before (how could I? I'm not white), particularly about the implicit message of segregation and the "constant messages that we are more valuable." I hope that the kind of insight you gave in your article is what it takes to break through. You laid it bare, exposed it. I hope those who read it have the courage to open their eyes."

- Welcom Ang

“Robin DiAngelo’s presentation was wonderful!  She has a thoughtful calm presence  and is a great speaker.  I got to talk to Robin and I love, loved, loved her!  She gave the most amazing presentation I have ever heard!
— Kristi Oden, Ohio Dept of Youth Services
“Robin was the most popular of the selected favorites by our attendees who turned in evaluations. We don't really get a lot of written feedback but those who did add comments said they'd like to continue to hear more about equity and diversity and how to have those hard conversations, so she was a great addition to our conference! We look forward to working with her at some future date. Thank you!”
 
— Megan Jensen, Director of Member Services, Oregon Community College Association
 
Speeches
What Does It Mean to Be White: Developing a White Racial Literacy
 
11 Ways White America Avoids Responsibiity for Racism
 
White Fragility
 
Addressing Racism in Education
 
Racism in the U.S.
 

WORKSHOPS & TRAINING
In addition to lectures Robin can provide workplace training and consulting on socially just practice, with a special focus on race relations and racial justice. She can provide workshops alone or bring in other consultants with whom she partners in order to provide inter-racial teams. She combines theory with activities that engage participants. A partial list of her clients includes Washington State Department of Health & Human Resources, the YMCA, Commonwealth Corporation, Seattle Public Schools,  City of Seattle, MIT, UC Davis School of Nursing.
 
Robin can provide sessions ranging from 2-4 hours to 1-3 full days, depending on your need. She recommends that all sessions be supported by follow-up training in order to reinforce learning and convey leadership commitment to the training goals.
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