Antiracism Working Group for White Parents

The Antiracism Working Group for White Parents was founded by Gordon parents who wanted to actively support the anti-bias and multicultural education Gordon offers students by providing opportunities for white parents to examine their own racial identities and privilege, to uncover and challenge their own biases, and to develop anti-racism parenting skills.  

The group supports ongoing learning and peer leadership as a way to build white parent capacity in the fight against racism, at home, school, work and beyond.  

The leadership of this group collaborated with Lynn Bowman, Assistant Head of School, and Gordon's Parents of Students of Color to create this series of parent dialogues for the 2020-2021 school year.

Two readings for the October 22nd meeting:

The characteristics of white supremacy culture
from Dismantling Racism: A Workbook for Social Change Groups, by Kenneth Jones and Tema Okun

What happened when my school started to dismantle white supremacy culture

The April "field trip" and meeting

In the place of April Thursday-night meeting of the Antiracism Working Group for White Parents, parents are encouraged to attend this lecture from Dr. Bettina L. Love on "Abolitionist Teaching, Co-Conspirators & Educational Justice."

It's Thursday, April 15th at 7pm. Register at https://alum.slc.edu/events#_ga=2.213900500.1956746099.1616530016-1632466010.1609787697

This presentation will be of interest beyond the Gordon white parent community, too!

The Antiracism Working Group for White Parents will then convene over Zoom on Saturday the 17th from 10am to 11am for a followup conversation. The link for that is different from the usual one and is posted in the Commons: www.gordonschool.org/commons

Community agreements

Make space/ take space, challenge yourself to listen or speak

Use “I” statements, speak from your own experience

Don’t assume other people’s kids, families, partners, communities are white

Check in when something rubs you the wrong way

We are responsible for building this learning space together

Email conversation

In addition to their monthly meetings, this group has been exchanging resources and processing ideas via email. Anyone who wishes to join the conversation should email:

Sarah Bowman at sarahbowmanmph@gmail.com or
Eli Nixon at ramshackleenterprises@gmail.com 

Online resources

Parents interested in antiracism work should also visit www.gordonschool.org/antiracismresources

 

The Antiracism Working Group for White Parents was formed in 2015 by a group of Gordon parents committed to making space for parents to continue learning about anti-racism parenting skills, what it means to hold white privilege, and being active in the fight against racism.  

Building on a number of conversations, including those around the 2015 Unpacking Race symposium, these parents worked with the Parents of Students of Color and the Gordon administration to create a program of activities that began in the fall of 2015. 
 
2020-2021 meetings:

Thursday, September 24

Thursday, October 22

Thursday, December 10

Thursday, January 21

Thursday, April 15

Thursday, May 20


For more information, contact parents:

Sarah Bowman at sarahbowmanmph@gmail.com
 
Eli Nixon at ramshackleenterprises@gmail.com