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NCORE – Heather Hackman is presenting two workshops

May 27, 2014 @ 8:00 am - May 31, 2014 @ 5:00 pm

NCORE (the National Conference On Race and Ethnicity) meets in Indianapolis, IN from May 27-31, 2014 and Heather will be presenting two workshops.

1. “The Body Already Knows: A Framework for Dismantling Race, Racism and Whiteness and Achieving Racial Justice”, 3 hours. Date and time TBA.

This workshop is based on two key ideas: The first is that the creation of Race (and the system of racial oppression it supports) serves to unnaturally divide us from each other and disrupt our inherent human connection. The second is that the 50 trillion cells in our bodies already know how to live in just and supportive community and these patterns can serve as a powerful framework for uprooting Whiteness and achieving racial justice. Thus the dismantling of Race, Racism and Whiteness is not an idea or reality we “work toward” but rather a pathway that helps us all “come home” to our rightful human interdependence. And it is in the space of this interdependence, rooted in our bodies’ own knowledge, that we can find the deep sources of racial liberation and healing.

Based on the above two ideas, the workshop (1) begins by grounding into the body in myriad ways and helping participants explore the notion of “embodied racial justice”. To be sure, this is not a watering-down of critical race work and instead helps participants be more present and more capable of leaning into the complexities of racial justice work. From here we (2) discuss concrete concepts regarding Race, Racism and Whiteness such as the power of the U.S. “racial narrative” and the role of the White Imperial Gaze, (3) examine the innovative framework of “cellular wisdom” developed for this workshop, and then (4) practice using it to upend the divisive patterns of racial oppression and replace them with ways of being that speak more truthfully to our human connection and the core principles of racial justice. The workshop ends (5) with small group discussion and dedicated time for concrete application of this framework to participants’ lives and to their racial justice work in higher education.

While there is attention given to embodiment in the session, the primary focus is the deepening our critical race knowledge base and the development of frameworks that can be used in any educational or organizational setting to dismantle Race, Racism and Whiteness. Participants can expect to leave with both cognitive and somatic tools for their racial justice work as well as resources to further their individual growth in these areas. Because of the complexity of its content, this interactive workshop is not a good fit for folks new to racial justice content.

2. “Calling Out the Wizard Behind the Curtain: Critically Addressing the Corrosive Effects of Whiteness in Teacher Education”, 90 minutes. Date and time TBA.

This session is born out of too many conversations, consultations, and assessments regarding teacher education’s lack of critical race accountability and racial justice preparation for our future teachers. While the nation continues to turn its concern over racial disparities in our schools toward teachers and administrators, this session contends that not nearly enough accountability is leveled at teacher education itself, and particularly the whiteness that undergirds it long-standing practices. To be sure this is not 90 minutes of finger pointing and criticism. It is, however, a place where 1) we can have some honest conversations about the specific failings of current teacher education systems regarding racial justice, 2) critically examine how their White liberalism supports racism and whiteness in our E-12 settings, and 3) identify concrete changes for teacher education in order to prepare teachers to truly serve all students in a racially complex society. This session is not focused on the canaries in the coal mine such as “the gap” or “recruitment and retention”, but rather looks more deeply at the way race (the racial narrative), racism (systemic targeting of People of Color / Native people) and especially whiteness (white privilege and white supremacy) undergird the core of teacher education and, if left unchallenged and unchanged, will forever deny teacher education a racially just pedagogy. The content in the session stems from over twenty years working in higher education / teacher education settings as well as in-service professional development settings, and is offered as a starting point for critical dialogue within the session. This workshop is best suited to those directly in teacher education who have a solid foundation in critical race, racism and whiteness content.




May 27, 2014 @ 8:00 am
May 31, 2014 @ 5:00 pm


Indiana Convention Center