The White Educator's Role in Teaching About Discrimination and Oppression: Where Do I Begin?

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As educators, we have important roles in fostering understanding and contributing to the fight against social injustices based upon diversity. The Council on Social Work Education clearly outlines program objectives for accredited schools to "Practice without discrimination" and to provide a learning context which practices respect for and understanding of all persons regardless of age, class, color, disability, ethinicity, family structure, gender, marital status, national origin, race, religion, sex, and sexual orientation. White educators are faced with a challenge as they may be viewed as unsuited to teach about diversity or as perpertuating individual, structural and institutional racism by being unaware of their own position of privilege and how that impacts the classroom dynamic. Participants will be encouraged to explore their own position on the continuum of privilege.


Keywords: Teaching about Diversity, Discrimination, White Privilege, Social Work
Stream: Learning, Education, Training
Presentation Type: Workshop Presentation in English
Paper: White Educator’s Role in Teaching about Discrimination and Oppression, The


Sarah Buila

Assistant Professor/Undergraduate Program Director, School of Social Work, Southern Illinois University
Carbondale, Illinois, USA

Sarah Buila,PH.D. is Assistant Professor and Undergraduate Program Director at the School of Social Work at Southern Illinois University, USA. She has been teaching courses in research, and health/mental health practice. She has over 15 years of experience in mental health practice and has long been interested in social justice issues concerning the mentally disabled.

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