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Monday, October 9 • 10:15am - 11:45am
The White Shadow: Urban Settings, Race, and Community Engagement (90 mins)

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As urban predominantly white institutions (PWIs) attempt to broaden and deepen their local, national, and global relationships through efforts in community engagement or bi-/multi-directional community-university partnerships, whiteness must play a critical role in the conversation. To ensure the greatest amount of authenticity in community-university relationships, PWIs participating in institutional efforts around community engagement need to address racial dynamics, understand collective whiteness and privilege, and consider their subjective identities. This presentation will explore how the urban PWI exists as a white shadow within community. The facilitators will open the Community Conversation with a brief historical overview of Marquette University—a mid-sized, liberal arts, PWI, that is Catholic, and Jesuit—and its relationship with the Milwaukee community, which some statistics show is the most segregated city in the country. Then, the presenters will shift to recent institutional efforts to deepen local, national, and global community engagement and the ways race has impacted the early stages of these initiatives. The community conversation will consider the role of race in PWIs’ historical relationships with the communities, and explore the contemporary problems, practices, and ideas related to race and community engagement. As bell hooks recommends in Teaching Community (2003), we must consider “what everyone can do to decolonize their minds to maintain awareness, change behavior, and create beloved community.” Failure to do so opposes community and perpetuates the long shadow cast by whiteness.

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Dan Bergen

Executive Director, Community Engagement, Marquette University

Cedric Burrows

Assistant Professor, English, Marquette University

Monday October 9, 2017 10:15am - 11:45am MDT
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