A Colorado college is awarding students who attend a white-only “guilt and shame” conference in July with three academic credits.
The University of Colorado Colorado Springs (UCCS) will award the credits to attendees of the “Unmasking Whiteness” conference, which aims to investigate “how being white shapes our lives” and “our role as white people in struggle for social justice,” reported Campus Reform.
UCCS students who attend the conference must pay $486 for the conference and will be able to apply the credits towards the school’s graduate certificate program in diversity, social justice and inclusion.
Mount Saint Mary’s University professor Shelly Tochluk and the nonprofit Alliance of White Anti-Racists Everywhere (AWARE-LA) are organizing and hosting the conference. The event’s brochure lists topics like “guilt and shame,” “white privilege,” “economic benefits” of whiteness, and “what it means to be white in today’s society.”
“U.S. society does not usually ask white people to explore how race affects our lives,” says the brochure. “When we honestly grapple with this question we become able to recognize the various ways we receive social and economic benefits based on being seen as part of the white group.”
Participants in the four-day workshop will be able to “recognize racism in interpersonal interactions and institutions,
engage in constructive dialogue about race, build an anti-racist community, and build confidence to
disrupt racism in action. ”
While Mount Saint Mary’s University has previously co-sponsored the event, volunteer facilitators are running the July iteration.
The Daily Caller News Foundation reached out to UCCS for comment but received none in time for press.
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