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2016 NEWS FLASH!!!

WPCR begins 2016 as a program of our long-time friend, Community Change, Inc. (CCI).  joining SURJ-Boston and the Boston Knapsack Anti-Racism Group., which are also under the CCI umbrella. We are excited about the synergy created by our coming together at this critical time and to being able to multiply the effects of our efforts towards making racial justice a reality in our communities. 
CCI is a  Boston-based organization that has been reaching out to address the roots of racism in white communities for close to 50 years. Founded by Horace Seldon in 1968, to address “the white problem” of racism, CCI has been collaborating with WPCR since our beginning in 1999, and we are thrilled to take this relationship to the next level..

Upcoming classes:

Summer 2016


Starting June 23, 2016

Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge MA

5 Thursdays, June 23 to July 21, 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Registration now open at this link

Facilitators: Alexandra Steinhauer & Ian Trefethen.  You can read their profiles on our Facilitators page

$75 covers all 5 sessions and materials.

Questions?  contact Alexandra at alexandrasteinhauer@gmail.com

Starting July 9, 2016

Cambridge Center for Adult Education, Cambridge MA

3 Saturdays, July 9 to July 23, 10 am – 1 pm

Registration now open at this link

Facilitators: Xochi Kountz & Denise Alexia Garcia.  You can read their profiles on our Facilitators page

$75 covers all 3 sessions and materials.

Questions?  contact Xochi at celestialclockwork12@yahoo.com


 Who we are and what we do:

White People Challenging Racism (WPCR) is a grassroots course, co-led by a network of facilitators who first took the class, and then were invited to co-lead it. WPCR seeks to build a racially just society through providing the information, skills, and resources needed to spur people to action in standing up against racism. People of all heritages are welcome to join us as we focus on the role of white people in dismantling racism.  

WPCR’s five-part workshop consists of weekly two-hour meetings over the course of five weeks. Workshops are led by pairs of facilitators and aim to help participants gain the racial self-awareness needed for genuine participation in multiracial communities. Through readings, exercises, discussion, and real world assignments, participants’ build skills and confidence in confronting racism. We strive to keep the course timely, thought-provoking, and action-oriented.

Since 1999, the course has drawn more than 1,500 participants, ages 13 to 81, from a wide spectrum of backgrounds. Initially developed (and still offered) at the Cambridge Center for Adult Education (www.CCAE.org), WPCR has been offered at adult education programs and college campuses in the Boston area, and has been adapted for  teachers, law enforcement, public servants, social service providers, and others.

Our work is supported, in part, by Community Change, Inc. and the Haymarket People’s Fund, as well as a network of individuals committed to keeping the course timely, thought-provoking, and action-oriented. 

Course Challenge 

White people, are you sick of the tension that can fill the room when the topic of race comes up? People of color, are you frustrated by that tension too? People of all heritages/identities are welcome to join us as we focus on the role of white people in dismantling racism and building a just society. We’ll examine the impact of white privilege and how being unaware of that advantage helps perpetuate racism and racial tension. We’ll discuss short readings and share everyday situations in which we did not speak up effectively against racial bias. Using role-playing, we’ll work out effective ways to respond. Participants will develop specific plans for challenging racism, in your workplace, organizations, community, and personal circles. We’ll figure out ways to find other people in your life who can provide support and serve as allies in your efforts.



• View our special report: Spurred to Action: Voices of Participants in “White People Challenging Racism:  Moving From Talk to Action”

Other info and publications:

Everyday Racism: Questions and Quandaries, By Barbara Beckwith

Long-term facilitator Barbara Beckwith’s personal essays on staring, anti-Semitism, beauty, family stories, slave narratives, entrenched racism, white resistance, plus book reviews. 3rd in series fromwww.cddbooks.com.

Misremembering Dr. King:  Revisiting the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., By Jennifer Yanco

Our founding member, Jennifer Yanco, published a book on Dr. King and how much of his activism is not celebrated or even acknowledged.

Waking Up White:  and finding myself in the story of race, By Debby Irving

Past facilitator, Debby Irving, published a book chronicling her journey of discovery of where she fits inside race in this country.

The Skin on My Chin and The Story of METCO, By Michelle Chalmers

Integral facilitator, Michelle Chalmers, wrote two children’s books.  The Skin on My Chin was written as a tool for parents and teachers to engage in conversations about skin color, melanin, ancestry, diversity, race, stereotypes and prejudice.  The Story of METCO is an important story to tell all children. It is a story of our past, present and future. One that celebrates human diversity and the importance of friendship, equality, equity, and education.

Articles about WPCR:

Final Call wrote a small article about our class and Community Change.   The Alewife newsletter interviewed WPCR co-facilitators Jennifer Yanco, Barbara Beckwith and Lisa Graustein.   WPCR was mentioned in an article in the Boston Globe about white groups talking and acting against racism.  WPCR in conjunction with Black Lives Matter, Cambridge, was mentioned in the Cambridge Chronicle.

Keynote Speaker:

Our founding member Jennifer Yanco gave the keynote address at the University of New England in Maine, as part of their Diversity Lecture Series, entitled, “Privilege, Power & Politics.” You can read a PDF of the speech here.

• Are you an alum of the class?  Join our alum Yahoo group!