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First, we will explore the many different meanings of race and related concepts. Tracing the origins of race and racism in America will make it easier to understand where we are today and why progress seems to be slow. In addition, it is helpful to clarify the meanings of bias, prejudice, bigotry and their relationship to our concepts of “good” and “bad” people. We will seek to better understand why discussions about race make us uncomfortable. After clarifying the reality beyond the politics of CRT, we will see how it sheds light on the complexities of race in our institutions both past and present. Once we more fully appreciate and understand the role of race in America, we will learn how to be effective allies and advocates without feeling guilty. We will see how we can contribute to the dismantling of racism in America and help move closer to achieving our ideals as a nation. Throughout the course, we will allow ample time for reflection and discussion without criticizing or judging each other.
Instructor: Daniel Wegener
Dr. Daniel Wegener earned degrees in Anthropology and Education from the University of Nebraska Lincoln. He began his career as a bilingual educator in Guatemala, and later in Honduras and Nicaragua. He served as a representative of an NGO to the United Nations. He worked as a bilingual program director in the Phoenix area while completing his doctorate in Educational Administration at ASU. He was an assistant superintendent in Tucson and later moved to Green Valley. Subsequently, he worked as a teacher trainer and educational consultant. Throughout his career, he advocated for human rights, equal access to education and social justice.
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