Dismantling Whiteness: A Six Week Course in Anti-Racism

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MAM Online School

Dismantling Whiteness: A Six-Week Course in Anti-Racism

Mondays July 6th-August 10th 12-2pm MDT

Facilitated by Eileen O'Shaughnessy

Do you want to do the work of anti-racism but you don’t know where to start? Join us!

This introductory, college-level course is for everyone, especially white people/white-passing people who would like to do the work of anti-racism but don’t know where to start. The curriculum will include critical reading, discussion, in-class exercises, lecture, and guest speakers. Students will leave with practical skills for understanding and practicing anti-racism in their everyday lives.

What to Expect:

When the course begins, you will have access to a plethora of course materials including articles, videos, and podcasts. Each week, you will be asked to read and review course materials before our class meets live over Zoom. Class discussions will center around the topics and materials posted each week. I know that everyone learns differently, which is why I’ll be including videos and podcasts in addition to reading materials each week. Many people feel anxiety and uncertainty about talking about race and racism and are afraid of “saying the wrong thing.” Ideally, our class will become a supportive and non-judgmental learning community with the shared goal of undoing racism within ourselves and in the world.

By the end of the course: you can expect:

To have a deeper understanding of race, structural oppression, and white supremacy To have practical skills to undo the harms of racism within yourself and in the wider world To move towards being a “good ancestor” and practicing allyship and accountability with the Black, Indigenous and People of Color (BIPOC) in your life To create community with other people on this journey, cultivate resiliency, and maybe even have fun! Course Outline:

Week 1: July 6th: Introductions, Understanding Structural Racism, and the Origins of “Race”

Week 2: July 13th: Redlining and the Construction of “Whiteness”

Week 3: July 20th: White Fragility, White Privilege, and Colorblind Racism

Week 4: July 27th: Settler Colonialism and Becoming a “Good Ancestor”- Ancestry work and Undoing White Supremacy

Week 5: August 3rd: Anti-Racism Strategies, Examples, and Practices: Allyship as a Verb

Week 6: August 10th: Cultivating resilience and Staying in it for the Long Haul!


  • We have a 3-tiered pricing structure, as well as a payment plan option and scholarships available. You will see payment options to choose from when you click "Enroll" at the bottom of this page.

You can register today with any of these three options :

  • Sponsor ticket - $210, standard cost plus $30 to help sponsor another student in the course.

  • Standard ticket- $180, which covers guest speaker honorariums, credit card fees, and Instructor labor

  • Supported ticket- $150, supported by sponsor contribution

You also have the option of a standard ticket at the two-month payment plan of $90/month. In addition, there are some available scholarships, please email Eileen at ecshaughnessy@gmail.com for more information.

A portion of the proceeds will also go directly to Yoga for People of Color Sangha in Albuquerque, New Mexico, whose mission is to “cultivate holistic health practices for self-identified People of Color for liberation & empowerment.” For more info about Yoga for People of Color Sangha, see their website: https://yogapocsangha.org/

Can I Enroll for One or Two Classes Instead of the Full Six-Weeks?

No, students must enroll for the full six-weeks, it is not possible to take only a portion of the six-week course or to pick and choose classes. However, each class session will be recorded on Zoom and posted on our course website so that students who miss a class session can watch later.

As a woman-of-color led organization, Music As Medicine Project joyfully endorses Eileen's leadership in this vital and necessary work of our time.

Your Instructor:

Eileen O'Shaughnessy (she/her) is a fourth generation Irish-American living on stolen Tiwa lands in Albuquerque, New Mexico. She has been an anti-racist educator and organizer for over 15 years. She is currently a Lecturer at the University of New Mexico where she teaches courses in critical race theory, environmental racism, nuclear issues, and gender/sexuality. She is also a current Ph.D. student focusing on community education, anti-racism, and the “Work the Reconnects.” In 2016, Eileen co-founded the Nuclear Issues Study Group- a multi-racial, women-led grassroots group addressing nuclear colonialism & environmental racism in New Mexico through art, education, and activism. When she’s not teaching or organizing, Eileen is also a professional musician and plays original social justice folk music with her queer folk band Eileen & the In-Betweens. She is committed to undoing racism and white supremacy within herself and in the world.

For more: www.eileenshaughnessy.com

Tiered-pricing, more info at link above