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What White People Can Do About Racism - Part 2

February 11, 18 & 25, 2021
(1 workshop spread over 3 sessions)

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


Thursday, February 11, 2021 at 7:00 PM EST
Thursday, February 25, 2021 at 9:00 PM EST

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This is an online event. 



Robin Alpern
Center for the Study of White American Culture, Inc. 

A live, interactive online workshop that looks at how white people can work for racial justice by:

  • understanding racial structure
  • building connections and cross-racial alliances
  • finding direction on your journey as an effective change agent
  • organizing with others against racism

This is an introductory workshop. If you are concerned about matters of race, racism and racial justice, but unsure about where to begin, this workshop is for you. If you are already doing something about racism, and you have friends who are asking you what they can do, refer them to this workshop.

The workshop is appropriate for white people who are open to learning what to do about racism. The workshop is also appropriate for people of color who want to support white people to take action against racism.


  • why some white people are actively anti-racist
  • feelings about white identity
  • white culture and anti-racism
  • problems white organizers face
  • envisioning an ultimate goal
  • the future of whiteness
  • accountable white allyship
  • mainstream vs anti-racist perspectives
  • examples of whites organizing
  • resources for further study and personal development


The workshop will take place during three Thursday meetings in February of 2021, for a total of 6 hours of information-packed content.

First Meeting -- Thursday, February 11th*

Second Meeting -- Thursday, February 18th*

Third Meeting -- Thursday, February 25th*

* 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 $125.

This registration fee covers one registration only. To register groups or add colleagues, family members, etc. please contact the registrar at robin.alpern@gmail.com.

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Meet the Trainers

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. 


Bonnie Berman Cushing

Bonnie Berman Cushing is a Licensed Clinical Social Worker and an anti-racist organizer and educator. She has worked in the mental health field for over 25 years as a family-systems therapist. She informs both her own — and others’ — clinical practice with an analysis of the dynamics of power, privilege and oppression. To this end, Bonnie has trained and/or supervised therapists and other human service practitioners throughout the tri-state area — including JBFCS, JCCA, the Ackerman Institute, the Eikenberg Institute for Relationships and NYU, Fordham, Columbia, Hunter and Rutgers Schools of Social Work.

In 2004, Bonnie co-authored a chapter with Monica McGoldrick for the book Human Development and Faith by Chalice Press. In 2010, she was the Lead Editor of the multi-authored book Accountability and White Antiracist Organizing: Stories From Our Work, published by CDD Books and served as editor for Living in the Tension: the Quest for a Spiritualized Racial Justice, by Shelly Tochluk, published by CDD Books in 2016.

Bonnie is a Core Trainer with the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond and a facilitator with Border Crossers, an organization that trains educators on how to work with issues of race and racism in the classroom. She is a member of both the People’s Institute Northeast Leadership Collective and European Dissent NJ, and co-founder of the North Jersey Chapter of the AntiRacist Alliance. In addition to her services as a board member, Bonnie also develops curriculum and co-facilitates workshops for CSWAC


What People Are Saying

Hearing everyone’s stories was inspiring and stimulated my energy to continue my work as an anti-racist. Debbie Morenzi

So glad that it happened. I’ve been waiting to attend a follow-up to PISAB workshop. Good leaders! Erica Itzkowitz

It had a nice flow and precepts built upon precepts so I learned a lot. I liked the handouts that show examples of specific things we can do. “Organizing” sounds so big and formal but many times it is small and spontaneous. Sandy Powell

I was impacted by the clarity of expression by excellent presenters. Margaret Rubick

Helped me see successes I have & strengthens my resolve. Steven Taylor-Roth

Well organized — flowed well without seeming rushed. Sue R. Clark It will keep me going & thinking of ways to expand. Steven Itzkowitz, MD

Good activities, role-playing, mainstream vs. anti-racist. Liked the vision of the future. Multiracial centric. Wayne Henderson

Blend of inputs, discussion, small group, large group — feelings, cognition — RICH! James M. Edler

The handouts & presentation of the info, as well as the role-playing assisted in my being able to assess my current skills & skills development as an organizer! Thank you !! Jackie Hawkins