Community Interest: POLLYANNA SERIES Showing Up and Standing Up: A 5-Part Journey Towards Antiracism for White Families
Wed, Jan 6 9:42am
UPDATE: For parents interested in attending this (completely optional) series, we are discussing a La Scuola group discount.
If you signed up, are planning to, or would consider attending at a reduced rate, please message or email Michael Epstein ( no later than January 10th.
They need a count in order to determine the possible discount. Thanks!
This is a series hosted by the Pollyanna facilitators. Pollyanna is the Racial Literacy Curriculum used by La Scuola. There is a parent companion and the series outlined in this announcement is an additional parent educational opportunity. 
Read on for more info or register!
Showing Up and Standing Up:
A 5-Part Journey Towards Antiracism for White Families
“The beauty of anti-racism is that you don't have to pretend to be free of racism to be anti-racist. Anti-racism is the commitment to fight racism wherever you find it, including in yourself. And it's the only way forward.” 
Ijeoma Oluo
Join Pollyanna facilitators Jay Golon and Jessy Molina for this new parent educational opportunity. This conversation series will move you forward. It will support you to learn more about white people’s roles and responsibilities in working for racial justice. We will examine questions such as:
  • Do white people have a racial identity? 
  • Are all white people racist?
  • How can white people engage in cross-racial dialogue about race in productive ways? 
  • How can white people disrupt and dismantle all forms of racism, including systemic and structural racism?
  • How can white people work together to address the problem of racism in their homes, families, workplaces, and communities? 
This series on race and racism will empower and support you to show up and stand up for racial justice in meaningful ways.
Workshops will occur in 5 60-minute monthly sessions from January through May, 2021 at 7PM ET.
January 20, February 17, March 10, April 14 and May 12, 2021
Session 1: “I don’t really see race...” - Examining White Identity
  • Participants will understand race as a social and political construction
  • Participants will learn how whiteness was constructed in the United States
  • Participants will begin to unpack and understand their own racial identity in the context of US history
Session 2: “I’m the least racist person…” - Unpacking White Privilege and Power
  • Participants will understand racism as a “smog” we can’t help breathing (Beverly Tatum)
  • Participants will understand systemic racism as a concept
  • Participants will be able to name how white people are complicit and benefit from systemic racism
Session 3: “I don’t want to say the wrong thing…” -  Navigating Conversations about Race
  • Participants will explore the origins of their level of comfort in talking about race.
  • Participants will learn common pitfalls for white people in talking about race
  • Participants will learn concrete strategies to use in conversations about race
Session 4:  “I feel like I don’t know how to help...” - What Does it Mean to be an Ally, Accomplice and Co-Conspirator?
  • Participants will learn what ally, accomplice, and co-conspirator mean
  • Participants will learn concrete strategies to show up, stand up, and speak up
Session 5:  “I just want to do the right thing...“ - Committing to an Antiracist Life
  • Participants will explore what areas in their lives (school, work, home, place of worship, family, etc) they feel like they can impact with regard to antiracism
  • Participants will create commitments they can make around showing up for racial justice in their spheres of influence
  • Participants will reflect on their learning during the series