2015 PRE-CONFERENCE SESSION
The Race Institute for Scholarship Providers presented by Ali Michael and Edward Smith
The Race institute for Scholarship Providers is a workshop that focuses on the scholarship provider as a person, rather than a practitioner. In our roles as
scholarship providers, we are quasi teachers, advisers and friends to the
students with whom we work. We are caring adults who want to support their success. As such, we need to be aware of the importance of racial identity in the lives of the students we serve.
Supporting students to have a positive racial identity is part of our work. A positive racial identity will help students combat stereotype threat, which is a significant
threat to the success of students of color in college. A positive racial identity for White students will help them recognize and resist the pull of involvement with racist theme parties and build relationships across race. However, we cannot support the positive racial identity of students if we don’t have a positive racial identity ourselves. This workshop will support scholarship providers to begin talking about race, and how it relates to their practice; use experiential method to teach theory about race and group dynamics, which will help providers use a racial lens to work towards individual student support and institutional equity; and help practitioners consider how they might continue to develop their own racial identity in a positive way. The workshop is open to people of all races. The workshop facilitator is White, and will share many stories and personal experiences from her own racial background.
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