Reflecting on Whiteness: Building our Capacity to Address Race & Racism on Campus and in Community

November 2, 2017

​Reflecting on Whiteness, included specifically to expand conversations and action specific to race and inequity in higher education, is a three-hour pre-conference workshop facilitated by Karin Cotterman and Michelle Montagno from the University of San Francisco. Based on a pilot study, the facilitators will examine building capacity in white faculty and staff to talk about structures of inclusion and exclusion on campus and in community engagement. This is a model for teaching about white privilege, racial identity development, and unlearning white social conditioning as a means to develop structures of inclusion. The session will include information about the structure of the USF series, the findings from the research, and facilitated dialogues and reflection.


Michelle Montagno, Associate Professor & Chair, Department of Integrated Healthcare, Director, PsyD Program, University of San Francisco
Dr. Michelle Montagno is the Chair of the Director Department of Integrated Healthcare and Director of the Psy.D. Program in the School of Nursing and Health Professions at the University of San Francisco. As a licensed psychologist, she also practices in San Francisco. A long-time social justice advocate, Dr. Montagno worked in nonprofit and government sectors prior to pursuing a career in clinical psychology. Her areas of clinical and research interest include clinical training, cross-cultural therapy, white racial identity development, and supervision.

Karin Cotterman, Director, Engage San Francisco, University of San Francisco
Karin Cotterman directs Engage San Francisco, an intentional, systematic and transformative university-community initiative focused on achieving community-identified outcomes supporting children, youth and families in the Western Addition through student learning, research and teaching consistent with University of San Francisco’s mission and vision 2028. Prior to working at USF, Karin was the Associate Director for Engaged Scholarship at the Haas Center for Public Service at Stanford University. Her interests include ethical considerations in service, community-campus partnerships, the intersections of identity and service, anti-racist work, and strategic thinking both organizationally and institutionally.

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