Seeing and Disrupting Racism: A Focus on White Fragility

Event Details:
When: September 11, 2020 9:00 am – September 11, 2020 11:00 am
Location: Online Meeting-Style Workshop via Zoom

Cost To Attend:
Nonmembers – $60
VBSR Members – $40

Registration is open

Join VBSR and Peace & Justice Center for an interactive virtual workshop for Vermont business and organization leaders, exploring racism and white fragility. This two-hour introductory-level workshop will define racism and white fragility, explore how white fragility perpetuates racism, and provide ways to disrupt that cycle. While the workshop was developed for predominantly white audiences, all are welcome.

This workshop is just the beginning. Our hope is that you will continue to do anti-oppression work generally – and specifically racial justice work – in an ongoing way (with or without us).

Seeing and Disrupting Racism: A Focus on White Fragility will be presented by facilitators from Peace & Justice Center, and is part of VBSR’s ongoing Racial Justice Webinar Series.

The workshop will take place virtually via Zoom Meeting and upon registering for the workshop, you will receive an email with details as to how to join the virtual workshop.

Registration for this interactive meeting-style workshop will be capped at 50 participants to maximize the experience for attendees. 

Please register for the workshop below:

Friday, September 11th; 9:00 am – 11:00 am

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Peace and Justice Center

 

Meet our workshop presenters:

Sarena Maron-Kolitch

Sarena Maron-Kolitch

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Sarena Maron-Kolitch has spent her career in education and capacity building in New York City and abroad, working towards educational equity, and gender, racial, and economic justice. She recently relocated to Vermont after a year of living in Spain, and is currently a leadership and nonprofit consultant to Columbia Business School, The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, and The King Khalid Foundation. Sarena was previously Associate Director of Programs in Social Enterprise at Columbia Business School Executive Education, where she oversaw a portfolio of leadership development programs for nonprofit leaders. Prior to her nearly seven years at Columbia, Sarena was a middle school special education teacher in Brooklyn, New York. Sarena holds a B.A. in Women’s, Gender, and Sexuality Studies, and Education from Colby College, an M.S. in Childhood General and Special Education from Hunter College, and an M.A. in Adult Learning and Leadership from Teachers College, Columbia University. Sarena currently lives in Burlington with her partner and puppy, and is a baker, musician, and avid traveler.

Kiran Waqar

Kiran Waqar

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Kiran Waqar is a rising junior at American University studying Sociology with minors in Arabic, Transcultural Studies, and American Studies. She has worked with numerous groups, most notably in Vermont, the well-known slam poetry quartet Muslim Girls Making Change.

Kina Thorpe

 

Kina Thorpe

Pronouns: she/her/hers

Kina Thorpe is the Educational Program Manager at Peace & Justice Center. Kina grew up in Barre, VT and joined the Peace & Justice Center team in June of 2017 after graduating from Champlain College. With her, she brings a passion for social justice that she cultivated through years of participating in and organizing educational and activist events. She is happy to be a part of a team full of hardworking, dedicated, and seriously funny people. Some of Kina’s other joys include theater, writing, baking, watching documentaries, and sleeping.

 

Please register for the workshop below:

Friday, September 11th; 9:00 am – 11:00 am

Click here to register

Thank you to the supporters of VBSR’s Racial Justice Webinar Series:

 

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