[Theaterfacultystaff] Discussing "White Fragility" at Lunchbag

Biechler, Merri biechler at ohio.edu
Wed Feb 6 16:50:30 EST 2019


One more thought about lunchbag on Friday: if you are a student of color, you are welcome to join us, but you are in no way required to attend. White Fragility challenges white people to work through why it’s so hard for us to talk about race, examine the ways our actions undermine equity for people of color, and asks us to hold each other accountable for our actions.


It is a discussion for white people to have together in order to build the inclusive environments that we aspire to. People who do not identify as white might find the conversation helpful, but we acknowledge that you may not feel like being the teachers in the room. Please take care of yourselves whatever you decide.



Merri


Merri Biechler

Assistant Director

School of Dance, Film, and Theater

Kantner Hall 307C

1 Ohio University

Athens, OH 45701

740.593.9355<tel:740.593.9355>

biechler at ohio.edu<mailto:biechler at ohio.edu>

http://www.ohio.edu/finearts/dance-film-theater/


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Subject: Discussing "White Fragility" at Lunchbag


Hello School of Theater undergraduates!

As you know, everyone in the school has been asked to read the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. To date, the faculty and staff as well as the graduate student populations have had separate meetings to discuss the book. These meetings/dialogues have been very productive, and as you might imagine, both important and challenging.

As a School, we are committed to engaging in a dialogue that helps us build, grow and maintain the most inclusive environment that we possibly can. This will take work, and it will take all of us working together.

We encourage you to attend Lunchbag this Friday, 2/8, whether you’ve read the book or not. Attached is the original article DiAngelo wrote to get an idea of the concepts.

Be there so your voice can be heard, be there to support your friends and peers, be there to help the School of Theater become more welcoming for everyone who steps into Kantner Hall or sees one of our productions! Be there for your own growth. Be there with open eyes and hearts.

Merri


Merri Biechler

Assistant Director

School of Dance, Film, and Theater

Kantner Hall 307C

1 Ohio University

Athens, OH 45701

740.593.9355<tel:740.593.9355>

biechler at ohio.edu<mailto:biechler at ohio.edu>

http://www.ohio.edu/finearts/dance-film-theater/


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