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Deconstructing Whiteness in Conservation
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Deconstructing Whiteness in Conservation Vital Session Invitation

When: June 12, 2019
11:00 am - 12:30
Where: Video Conference with Shannon Sullivan
United States
Contact: Vital Lands Illinois Network Architects Video Conference

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Please join Shannon Sullivan, Vital Lands Illinois' current facilitation consultant, in an introductory conversation about whiteness, its construction, and its role in conservation within the United States context.  This 90-minute Vital Session is intended as an entry point to thinking broadly about racial equity and justice within conservation and beyond, with a focus on how white people can hold space with other white people to dismantle white supremacy.  Shannon will present a brief and broad overview of the construction of whiteness in the U.S. and then focus on more participatory avenues to engage participants.  All participants will be asked to listen with attention and respond with intention while participating in tending to the well-being of the whole group.

Here's a link to an article from the New Yorker for some background.
Session Logistics & Registration:

  • Time/Date: June 12nd from 11:00 – 12:30 (central)
  • Location: Online – using Zoom (video conference platform)  It’s recommended that you connect on a device with a video camera.
  • Click here to register

Presenter Bio:
Shannon Sullivan is the founder of the groundswell alliance, cooperative consulting for social and ecological good and of the interrogating whiteness project.  She was the founding Executive Director of the Illinois Safe Schools Alliance and is still very active at the intersections of LGBTQ, racial and criminal legal system issues.