Learning, Healing, and Acting for Racial Justice:

A Workshop for White People Who Want to End Racism

Facilitated by Diane J. Goodman, Ed.D.

Learning—about the system of racism and how it impacts white people and people of color

Healing—from guilt and shame and the messages that erode our full humanity

Acting—to be more effective allies and work in solidarity with people of color for racial justice

Numerous events over the past few years have brought to the fore the racism that still permeates our society. They have generated conversations and actions for change. Many white people want to be part of this process but feel uncertain about how to do so or do so effectively. This workshop is intended to support white people in becoming more conscious, competent, and committed to working for racial justice. It is an invitation to explore what it means to be white and engage in efforts for racial equity. Specifically we will consider:

1) The historical roots of how “whiteness” was created.

2) The history of how racism in government and institutional policies and practices created some of the racial inequality that still impacts us today.

3) How white people benefit from racism but are also harmed by it and what we have to gain from racial justice.

4) Ways we can act to challenge racism and support efforts for greater racial equity.

5) Next steps in our journey in unlearning racism and creating racial justice.

Why a workshop geared for white people? People of color have called on white people to educate each other so they don’t always have to do so. This workshop is particularly designed for white people so we can do our own work. With greater awareness and knowledge we can better show up for racial justice in multi-racial contexts.

Please join me and others for this exciting and challenging day. In a supportive and non-judgmental environment, the workshop will include videos, personal reflections, small and large group discussions and activities, and presentations. Please feel free to contact me for more information. For those of you who have attended previous workshops I have offered, there will be new content and new opportunities for reflection and discussion.

Day: Sat. Dec. 3, 2016

Time: 9:00am-4:30pm

Location: Grace Church, 130 1st Ave. Nyack, NY 10960

Suggested Donation: $30.00 (No one turned away based on ability to pay.)

To register and for more information: email: or call: 845-358-9181.

Registration is required and space is limited.

Bio: Diane Goodman is a white woman who for over 30 years has been working on racial and social justice issues as an educator and activist. Diane trains and consults nationally and internationally and has taught at several Universities. She is the author of the book, Promoting Diversity and Social Justice: Educating People from Privileged Groups (2nd ed., 2011) and co-editor of Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice (3rd ed., 2016) and other publications. For more info see her website: