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Transforming White Privilege and Cracking the Code: The System of Racial Inequity

Social Work Day this year is featuring the Margo Lecturer Shakti Butler, Ph.D. and founder and president of World Trust Educational Services, a non-profit transformative educational organization.

April 6, 2017

Student Social Work Day - (This day is open to KU students only)

8 a.m. to Noon
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium
Free

Presenter Shakti Butler, Ph.D. and founder and president of World Trust Educational Services with lecture on the following:

Cracking the Codes: The System of Racial Inequity
This most-watched World Trust film examines racial inequity through a systems/structures lens using the loop diagram below. Every aspect of the diagram is illuminated and explicated by the stories of dozens of women and men of all races, each of whom uses a common language to describe and analyze inequity from individual and collective perspectives as well as through the lens of external relationships. Participants will break into dyads or triads at different points in the film to discuss their responses, what makes them uncomfortable, what makes them curious, etc. This will be followed with a whole group discussion.

World Trust graphic showing history, culture and identity as it relates to power and econcomics.

Objectives: Participants will gain a common language and a practical framework for understanding and deconstructing systemic racial inequities, for creating positive dialogue and for building skills that allow us to continue the discussion.
Introduction to Strategic Questioning: A Strategy for Social Justice
Strategic questioning is a technique designed to create knowledge that awakens possibilities of change. It is a process that empowers new questions, releases blocks to new ideas, facilitates people’s own responses to change, and creates answers that may not be immediately known but, may emerge. This is a process tool that can become a practice in addressing new ways to develop more equity and inclusion or, to sift through conversations, opinions and attitudes that often lead to a dead end in terms of transformation and change. Using real examples of clashes and conflicts that students experience, we apply a systemic and structural lens to encourage a process for addressing “issues” in ways that may be considered from multiple perspectives and analyses.

Objectives: Participants will learn and practice a technique that will be useful to them as social workers as well as in other situations where creative thinking and problem-solving is called for.

Register before March 31. Registration for Student Social Work Day is free and only open to students.

Registration Closed

April 7, 2017

Social Work Day - (This day is open to KU School of Social Welfare alumni, field representatives, and retirees & KU faculty and staff only)

9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. (check-in starts at 8 a.m.)
University of Kansas Lawrence Campus
Kansas Union, Big 12 Room
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New $2 Parking Option. Take advantage of this offer here.

8:00 to 9:00 a.m.         Check-in begins, Kansas Union, Big 12 Room
9:00 to Noon               Dr. Shakti Butler Lecture, Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium
Noon to 1:30 p.m.       Lunch provided by the School of Social Welfare, Kansas Union, Ballroom

During lunch, the School wanted to honor and highlight some of the wonderful work being done by our Behavioral Health Scholars. Scholars will be available to talk about their work and present posters highlighting the innovative practice, research and resources related to integrated behavioral health with adolescents and transition-age youth. More info. 

1:30 to 4:30 p.m.         Program with Dr. Butler continues, Kansas Union, Woodruff Auditorium        

Presenter Shakti Butler, Ph.D. and founder and president of World Trust Educational Services with lecture on the following:

Understanding White Privilege: A 21st Century Leadership Capacity
Groups working on social justice and racial equity who include attention to white culture and privilege as part of that work reap important benefits. Understanding white culture, along with its embedded historical and associated privileges, provides insight into integral parts of a larger system of inequity. The purpose of this session is to explore dominant cultural assumptions and perspectives about what is considered normal, appropriate, desirable and/or valid. Dominant culture narratives or norms – e.g. what constitutes a “family,”’ who is considered dangerous, intelligent, acceptable and whose perspectives are valid – are codified in customs, laws, institutions, policies, and practices. They reinforce stereotypes and limit fair access in terms of who belongs inside and who remains outside circles of human concern. In addition, cultural assumptions are part of what continue to advantage some groups and disadvantage others. And, even when those inequities are persistent and obvious, the foundations that drive them often may not be. This session explores white culture and its embedded privileges. It is intended to fill gaps in understanding while providing an impetus for considering norms, policies and practices that explicitly include a lens that is often not considered in terms of opening new entry points for policy and systems change.

We will begin by grounding participants in the system of racial inequity

World Trust graphic showing history, culture and identity as it relates to power and econcomics.

Objectives: Provide participants with an understanding of “whiteness”—white space, white privilege, white culture—and how our lack of vision and assumptions about the world we live in reinforce—often unknowingly—racial inequity.
Introduction to Strategic Questioning: A Strategy for Social Justice
Strategic questioning is a technique designed to create knowledge that awakens possibilities of change.  It is a process that empowers new questions, releases blocks to new ideas, facilitates people’s own responses to change, and creates answers that may not be immediately known but, may emerge.  This is a process tool that can become a practice in addressing new ways to develop more equity and inclusion or, to sift through conversations, opinions and attitudes that often lead to a dead end in terms of transformation and change. Using real examples of clashes and conflicts that students experience, we apply a systemic and structural lens to encourage a process for addressing “issues” in ways that may be considered from multiple perspectives and analyses.

Objectives: Participants will learn and practice a technique that will be useful to them as social workers as well as in other situations where creative thinking and problem-solving is called for.

Register before March 31. Please click on the appropriate registration button below. Registration includes lunch. Parking is not included. See parking details here.

Registration Closed

Big thanks to all of our sponsors of Social Work Day 2017 and giving us the opportunity to have Dr. Butler join us for not only one but for two events.

  • BSW Student Group
  • Coca-Cola
  • College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
  • KU Libraries
  • Multicultural Student Government
  • Provost Office
    • Jennifer Hamer, Acting Vice Provost for Diversity and Equity, Associate Dean of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
      for the College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
    • Mary Lee Hummert, Vice Provost for Faculty Development
    • Stuart Day, Senior Vice Provost for Academic Affairs
  • School of Architecture, Design, and Planning
  • School of Education
  • School of Journalism and Mass Communications
  • School of Law
  • Student Senate
  • Toni Johnson Office of Race and Social Justice

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