Beyond White Privilege 101

Beyond White Privilege 101: Continuing the discussion in Anaheim
ALA Annual, Anaheim, CA
Sunday, June 29th, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Hyatt Regency Orange County — Grand B/C

Join us in examining the impact of white privilege in the library environment at the Beyond White Privilege 101 session at ALA Annual.

This session is the continuation of one held during the ALA’s Midwinter Meeting in Philadelphia, when Art Munin, consultant and Assistant Dean of Students at DePaul University began a provocative conversation with a standing- room- only crowd during the meeting’s White Privilege 101 session. The Office for Diversity invites you to continue the dialogue in Anaheim at the Beyond White Privilege 101 session. This is an ongoing conversation and attendees need not have attended the session at Midwinter in order to join us in Anaheim.

George Lipsitz PhD, respected scholar, author of numerous publications including “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics,” as well as current faculty member in the department of Black Studies at UCSB, will give a talk with the mission of broadening perspectives and translating knowledge into action. A facilitated discussion will follow his presentation.

We all operate within multiple circles of privilege, and we and are all motivated by hidden biases. The session intends to examine how we are impacted by white privilege in hiring practices, interactions with other librarians and educators, students and with our peers. This discussion will take this examination beyond a professional understanding of these issues at a distance to a personal connection in order to help us all understand the role that white privilege plays in our lives not just professionally but in our day- to- day interactions with the world. As Dr Lipsitz says in “The Possessive Investment in Whiteness: How White People Profit from Identity Politics,” “I hope it is clear that opposing whiteness is not the same as opposing white people. White supremacy is an equal opportunity employer, nonwhite people can become active agents of white supremacy as well as passive participants in its hierarchies and rewards.”

Contact coordinators for more information on this session:
Chisa Uyeki,
Lia Friedman,
Gary Colmenar,

The ALA Office for Diversity serves as a key resource and link to the professional issues that speak to diversity as a fundamental value and action area of the association. For more information visit

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