Exploring Whiteness:
Unlearning Racism and Understanding Privilege

Please note that Exploring Whiteness will be held remotely in January and February of 2021. For more information, please email the facilitators at exploring.whiteness.together@gmail.com. Santa Fe Community Foundation looks forward to hosting Exploring Whiteness again later this year.

“Wonderful. I am grateful, not just for the knowledge shared,
but also the vulnerability, humility, 'realness'.”
-2019 course participant

Note: Applications for the Spring 2020 program are closed.  Contact us to be added to the email list for updates.

The application is available here. Applications are due on December 20, 2019
We will consider post-deadline applications if space allows. (Maximum, 24 participants.)
Applications are reviewed by the Exploring Whiteness facilitation team.

Program Dates
We ask that participants commit to the full course, with attendance at the first session required. 
All sessions take place at the Santa Fe Community Foundation, 501 Halona Street, in Santa Fe.
We will meet on Wednesdays from 9-11:30am:

  • January 15, 2020
  • January 22
  • January 29
  • February 5
  • February 12
  • February 19
  • February 26
  • Please hold March 4 as a make-up date in the case of inclement weather or other session cancellation.

Program Description
This course helps white people, and others who benefit from white skin privilege, to more effectively see, understand and counter racism - within ourselves, our organizations and in the structures of our society. Based on compassionate and constructive engagement, we use home-study, videos, discussion, mindfulness practices and reflection, to explore the ways we unintentionally carry racist bias and participate in systemic racism, causing harm to people of color, to ourselves, and the world we live in.

Rather than using a “how to” approach, this course emphasizes gaining the tools and perspectives that enable us to more deeply understand racism and whiteness and how they function. Beginning with deepening our understanding of the historical and social roots of racism in the U.S., we look at racism’s role in our society and in ourselves. We explore the meaning and impact of whiteness and what we need to more effectively work to dismantle racism. Topics include: the history of race in the U.S., institutional and systemic racism, white privilege, implicit bias, white fragility, racial trauma and building our capacities to partner with people of color to counter racism.

This course is facilitated by an experienced Santa Fe team: Aja Riggs, Sarah Grant and Nicola Redfern. 

To contact the facilitation team directly or to join their mailing list, email them at  exploring.whiteness.together@gmail.com  For questions about The Philanthropy HUB or the Santa Fe Community Foundation's other work, contact Annmarie McLaughlin at 505-988-9715, ext. 7005 or amclaughlin@santafecf.org. 

Course Expectations
All participants must watch the three-part PBS series Race: The Power of an Illusion before the first class (links will be provided). Please expect to commit 2 hours per week to home study between classes, including readings, videos, podcasts, etc. This enables us to use the class time for integration and application of these materials. We ask that participants commit to the entire course, with attendance at the first class required. Exploring the dynamics of race and whiteness is turning toward racial suffering. It’s not easy and you may feel tempted to turn away. We are seeking participants who commit to supporting each other in this work with compassion and constructive engagement.

Who Should Participate
This course is open to anyone in the community and we specifically encourage nonprofit staff and board members to participate. Material is appropriate to those who are relatively new to these topics as well as those looking for a way to take a deeper dive and more fully integrate their own anti-racism practice. Our curriculum is designed for white people. We also know that race and ethnicity is complex. Anyone who wants to explore their own white skin privilege is welcome.

We strive to make our programs as accessible as possible and we see an increased level of engagement when participants invest in their own learning. Fees for this program include all 7 sessions and are set up on a sliding scale, including a no-fee option: 
No charge, $45, $75, $125. If you are accepted into the program we will send you a link where you will register according to the fee that is most appropriate for you. 

This study has been amazingly transformative to me.
I have lived the last 40 years of my life in a multi-cultural family
and now feel like a nascent being on these topics.
-2018 course participant


Questions about this program or any of our work? Contact Director of Community Programs, Annmarie McLaughlin at amclaughlin@santafecf.org or
505-988-9715, ext 7005, and be sure you are on the Foundation's mailing list for ongoing updates. We look forward to working with you!