Diversity, Equity & Social Justice

White People Talking to White People About Racism

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Following the national protests against the police killings of unarmed Black people, how will white people hold themselves — and each other — accountable to engage in antiracist work? Moderated by John Pascarella, USC Rossier associate professor and USC Race and Equity Center chief academic officer, this seminar explores how white people can talk to white people about racism. Featuring Kathy Obear, co-founder of the Social Justice Training Institute; Ted Mitchell, president of the American Council on Education; Ali Michael, co-founder and director of the Race Institute for K-12 Educators; Greg Schulz, president of Fullerton College; and Stephen Sachs, playwright, director and co-artistic director of the Fountain Theatre.

Who Will Benefit

– White people who are looking to help themselves and others continue engaging in anti-racist work
– Those searching for advice on how to challenge the racist views and actions of others
– White leaders and educators who want to learn how to approach everyday anti-racism

About Our Featured Faculty

John Pascarella III is an associate professor of clinical education at USC Rossier School of Education and chief academic officer of K12 Equity Leadership Academies for the USC Race and Equity Center at USC. Since 2012, Pascarella has served as faculty in residence in USC McCarthy Honors and USC South Residential Colleges. From 2015-19, Pascarella served as Chair of the Master of Arts in Teaching program. Pascarella’s research examines clinical practice in pre-service teacher development and the mediation of pre-service teachers’ learning in blended online/remote supervision models. Pascarella earned a PhD in culture and values in education from McGill University, an MA in teaching from Montclair State University, and a BA in English literature and African American studies from the University of Central Florida.