Robin DiAngelo received a PhD in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington in Seattle in 2004. She became a tenured member of the faculty at Westfield State University in 2014. Her courses include Multicultural Teaching, Intergroup Dialogue Facilitation, Cultural Diversity & Social Justice, and Anti-Racist Education. Dr. DiAngelo focuses her research on Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis, explicating how Whiteness is reproduced in everyday narratives. She is a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year. While she has resigned her position at Westfield State University, Dr. DiAngelo is currently serving as Lecturer at the University of Washington. Her work on White Fragility has been featured in Salon, NPR, Slate, Alternet, the Atlantic, The New York Times, and The Seattle Times.
Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over 20 years on issues of racial and social justice. She was appointed to co-design the City of Seattle’s Race and Social Justice Initiative Anti-Racism training (with Darlene Flynn) and has worked with a wide-range of organizations including private, non-profit, and governmental.
Regarding her personal life, she states “I grew up poor and white. While my class oppression has been relatively visible to me, my race privilege has not. In my efforts to uncover how race has shaped my life, I have gained deeper insight by placing race in the center of my analysis and asking how each of my other group locations have socialized me to collude with racism. In so doing, I have been able to address in greater depth my multiple locations and how they function together to hold racism in place. I now make the distinction that I grew up poor and white, for my experience of poverty would have been different had I not been white” (DiAngelo, 2006).
White supremacy culture permeates in the United States, within higher education and our campuses. Additionally, there is no doubt racism and colonialism exists on college campuses. Whiteness and white supremacy must be explored if we are to move toward racial justice & decolonization on our campuses. Attending ACPA18 and attending our keynote speakers pushes us to work with staff & students who identify as white to understand how this dominant identity shapes their lives, as well as how their whiteness plays out in higher education.