The White Educator's Role in Teaching About Discrimination and Oppression: Where Do I Begin?
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
Assistant Professor/Undergraduate Program Director, School of Social Work, Southern Illinois University