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Whiteness in Higher Education: A Primer

This document is an informal resource designed for White educators (student affairs educators and/or faculty) in higher education interested in anti-racism work, although hopefully, it can be useful to White people in any number of professions.  This is not a scholarly piece; neither do I consider it a syllabus because the depth of information is insufficient for that purpose. The best way to view this document is as a primer: it is far from comprehensive and operates only as an introduction (at best) to the topic.  Many useful works on Whiteness are omitted here.  This primer also (intentionally) omits many great works that deal with larger societal and historical context of racism in the US. At the end of the document, I include links to public syllabi that should prove informational and relevant to understanding the historical, cultural, and institutional aspects of racism in the US. J. Michael Denton, PhD…

Rage Against the Narrative: “I don’t do diversity, I do triage”

By Lisa Brock, Senior Editor

Hello Praxis readers. Welcome to 2016. We launch the third year of Praxis Center with the second installment of Rage Against the Narrative: How to Understand Psychic Violence and Murder, a three-part series, by Senior Editor Dr. Lisa Brock. As a historian attentive to the way current issues have deep historical roots but are often overlooked or negated in popular renderings, Brock is interested in disrupting and disturbing subliminal power conventions that become so normalized that they are often invisible to some yet cause ongoing psychic harm to others. Brock has been in academia for over forty years as a student, faculty member and administrator. This series is written in response to the uprising sparked by the killings of unarmed black people throughout the US. The three epigraphs below are gestures to each part.

Race and Ethnic Relations

This course is primarily a social history of various racial and ethnic groups such as African-Americans, American Indians, Asians, Latinos, and White ethnics with the focus on their past, present, and future social situations within various social institutions in the United States. The emphasis will be on the social construction of race and ethnicity along with the evidence of inequality evidenced by these groups position within the social stratification system, institutionalized discrimination, etc. Dr. Bob Greene University of Wisconsin-Whitewater Syllabus