WSA is committed to facilitating change through promoting knowledge, open-mindedness and continual learning. We challenge our community to respect all racial and social identities, viewpoints and perspectives…forgive mistakes, have grace for one another and be uncomfortable in the pursuit of growth. This guide provides links to resources for students, parents, and educators that can help them explore our past, present, and future and build awareness and knowledge - on topics ranging from the history of race in America to materials on anti-racism. This is a time for listening and learning, and a time for difficult conversations on race, equity, and inclusion.
Talking About Race is an online portal designed to help individuals, families, and communities talk about racism, racial identity, and the way these forces shape every aspect of society, from the economy and politics to the broader American culture. The online portal provides digital tools, online exercises, video instructions, scholarly articles, and more than 100 multi-media resources tailored for educators, parents and caregivers—and individuals committed to racial equality.
The portal features eight foundational topics including:
Being Anti-Racist: a conscious decision to make frequent, consistent, equitable choices daily.
Bias: the inclination or prejudice toward or against something or someone.
Community Building: connecting and engaging with others doing anti-racism work and exploring issues of race.
Historical Foundations of Race: how race, white privilege, and anti-blackness are woven into the very fabric of American society.
Race and Racial Identity: how societies use race to establish and justify systems of power, privilege, disenfranchisement, and oppression.
Self-Care: caring for one’s mental, emotional, and physical health to sustain the work of dismantling racism.
Social Identities and Systems of Oppression: systems built around the ideology that some groups are superior to others.
Whiteness: an ideology that reinforces power at the expense of others.