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Why Color Matters

December 1, 8 & 15, 2020
(1 workshop spread over 3 sessions)

(7-9 Eastern, 6-8 Central, 5-7 Mountain, 4-6 Pacific)


Tuesday, December 1, 2020 at 7:00 PM EST
Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 9:00 PM EST

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Catherine Klebl
Registration Assistant
Center for the Study of White American Culture, Inc. 

Sure we’ve been taught to be “colorblind” but what does that really mean? Will it bring us to the promised land of racial harmony and equality? Has it been effective in combatting white supremacy? Is it possible to address a problem like race by refusing to see it?

This introductory workshop takes a critical look at colorblindness and raises the possibility of an anti-racist color consciouness as a more effective path to racial justice. Led by a multiracial team of racial justice activists serving as facilitators, the workshop features presentation, interactive dialogue, and online resources for additional study.


  • Colorblindness as a racial ideology
  • How colorblindness compares to white supremacy
  • How colorblindness compares to color consciousness
  • Origin and history of colorblindness
  • Problems and ramifications of colorblindness
  • Origin and history of color consciousness
  • Effectiveness of color consciousness as pathway to racial justice
  • Practical applications of color consciousness



The workshop will take place during three Thursday meetings in December of 2020, for a total of 6 hours of information-packed content.

First Meeting -- Tuesday, December 1st*

Second Meeting -- Tuesday, December 8th*

Third Meeting -- Tuesday,December 15th*

* All meetings take place at 7-9pm Eastern; 6-8pm Central; 5-7pm Mountain; 4-6pm Pacific

All meetings are recorded and the recording will be made available after each meeting for viewing by registered workshop participants only.

Registration fee: Standard rate $95.

This registration fee covers one registration only. To register groups, please contact the registration assistant at  catherineklebl@gmail.com.

A free Zoom tutorial will be offered 30 minutes before the first session.

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Meet the Trainers

Edie Grauer

Edie Grauer, BSW, MSW, is a seasoned non-profit executive and change agent whose career has focused on promoting empowerment, inclusion and self-determination of oppressed and disenfranchised persons. She has extensive experience in the areas of homelessness, criminal and juvenile justice, children in out-of-home placement, substance abuse and addiction, and HIV/AIDS.

Edie has taught at numerous colleges and universities in the areas of social work, criminal justice, community and leadership building, drug abuse and addiction, sociology, and psychology. She developed and presented training for The New Jersey Project on Inclusive Scholarship, Curriculum, and Teaching to college faculty on honoring and infusing cultural diversity across the disciplines.

Edie has designed and implemented training in community-based agencies including power and privilege; empowerment; self-determination. She was recognized by Volunteers of America for her infusion of cultural diversity into their employee training and program policies and standards, and was awarded a Transcultural Art Project through Rutgers University for a transitional housing program for persons affected by HIV.

Edie currently serves on the Board of Trustees of Court Appointed Special Advocates of Somerset, Hunterdon and Warren Counties (CASA).



Robin Mallison Alpern


Robin Mallison Alpern, Director of Training at CSWAC, has a lifelong concern for racial justice and equity. Robin's anti-racist activism has taken a variety of forms, including study of books, films, and lectures; taking part in workshops, seminars, and trainings; publishing essays, articles, and reports; public speaking; facilitating community dialogue; designing and leading workshops; and community organizing. Robin has worked with several anti-racism organizations in her hometown and in her wider faith community, including mixed-race groups and white caucus groups. She maintains ties with anti-racist leaders, both white and of color, who have served as long-term mentors. Recently Robin has co-taught courses at Vassar College on the topic of raising anti-racist children.

Robin has raised four children of her own, who teach her everyday how to make the world a better place to live in.