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Campus BUILD Event

We are excited to announce two upcoming BUILD events this January with Tim Wise, one of the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Information and links to register for the morning and afternoon events are below.

The morning plenary address is open to all. Participation in the lunch and afternoon workshop will be limited, so please sign up as soon as possible!

Challenging the Culture of Cruelty: Understanding and Defeating Race and Class Inequity in AmericaTim Wise

January 8th, 2019 from 9:00 AM – 11:00 AM
Simplot Ballroom, Student Union Building
Sign in starts at 8:30 AM
Open to faculty, staff, and students of Boise State as well as community members
Register here

In this speech, drawn from his newest book, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Jeopardizing the Future of America, Tim Wise examines the ways in which American politics and culture serve to rationalize inequalities on the basis of class and race. From the myth of “rugged individualism” to the racialized attacks on the nation’s poor, American ideology has long served to explain away inequity as a natural outcome of differential talent, effort or cultural attributes. But as Wise shows in this presentation, to believe that the poor and unemployed are to blame for their own plight, or that the rich deserve their positions and wealth is to believe in a pernicious and destructive lie that threatens the very heart of democracy and true equal opportunity. By exploring the way that racism has been central to the development and perpetuation of the nation’s class system, Wise demonstrates the importance of undermining the dominant white racial narrative not solely to fight racism itself, but larger economic and social injustice as well.

Beyond Diversity: Steps for Uprooting Racism, Privilege and Institutional Inequity

January 8th, 2019 from 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Jordan Ballroom, Student Union Building
Open to faculty and staff
Registration for the afternoon workshop has closed

In this interactive workshop, participants will explore the causes — both formal and informal — for institutional racial inequities. By examining the various policies practices and procedures that exist within educational, employment and organizational settings — and which often inadvertently perpetuate unequal opportunity and treatment — workshop attendees can develop strategies for shifting their institutional cultures in the direction of greater parity.

Among the topics explored in the session are:
• The difference between individual bias and institutional bias
• The sources of internalized supremacy/oppression and how these can manifest in all of us
• Privilege as the flipside of oppression
• Stereotype Vulnerability and Racial Performance Gaps – The Hidden Key to Disparities
• The harms of inequity for all members of an institution, including dominant group members
• Strategies for creating equity in the classroom, workspace, and throughout our institutions

About Tim Wise

Tim Wise has spent the past 25 years speaking to audiences in all 50 states, on over 1000 college and high school campuses, at hundreds of professional and academic conferences, and to community groups across the country. He is also the host of the new podcast, Speak Out with Tim Wise. He has also lectured internationally, in Canada and Bermuda, and has trained corporate, government, entertainment, media, law enforcement, military, and medical industry professionals on methods for dismantling racism in their institutions. Wise is the author of seven books, including his latest, Under the Affluence: Shaming the Poor, Praising the Rich and Sacrificing the Future of America (City Lights Books). Wise has provided anti-racism training to educators and administrators nationwide. From 1999-2003, Wise was an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute, in Nashville, and in the early ’90s he was Youth Coordinator and Associate Director of the Louisiana Coalition Against Racism and Nazism, the largest of the many groups organized for the purpose of defeating neo-Nazi political candidate, David Duke. Wise appears regularly on CNN and MSNBC to discuss race issues and was featured in a 2007 segment of “20/20.” He graduated from Tulane University in 1990 and received antiracism training from the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, in New Orleans.

Other Information

Attending both the morning plenary and afternoon workshop will count for two BUILD learning opportunities. Attending just the morning counts toward one BUILD learning opportunity. (This event does not count as a BUILD Forum Initiative dialogue.)

These events are co-sponsored by the Office of the President, the Office of the Provost, the Gender Equity Center, Gender Studies, Student Diversity and Inclusion, Casita Nepantla, and the Center for Teaching and Learning.

Please email with any questions about the event.