Frequent (& uncommon) qs and As


Frequently Asked Questions

plus answers to some uncommon questions

The course is designed specifically for: white people who care about fairness and equality; white people who want to learn what it really means to take concrete action and contribute to anti-racism; white people willing to look into the soul of this nation and the soul of whiteness; white people who have finally realized we must be better and do better; white people who now recognize and are horrified to finally be aware of the fact that breathing is an example of white privilege. Note- this is not really a course designed for white people who are already experts in anti-racism and critical race theory (for example, academics who have studied this for 10+ years). That would be a different course. At the same time, I expect anyone could learn a lot from this.

Of course everyone is welcome. Depending on previous access to information about systemic racism and the psychology of whiteness, individual Black, Indigenous, and People of Color may learn quite a lot or very little in this course. I do not view myself as someone who can teach People of Color about racism, but the course also includes deep reflections into the soul of whiteness. The reality is that People of Color are also socialized into a system that centers on white supremacy. There is much to unlearn and reprogram. I recognize that being a Person of Color, considering how intersectional and complex a group that vast phrase covers, does not automatically mean one has learned everything there is to know about race. At the same time, the assumed audience for the course will be white people. All of the content is worded as if a white person is the reader because white people have the most work to do when it comes to anti-racism.

I had been planning this course in my head for 3 years (and preparing for it for 20+ years), but this is about 400 years overdue. Through this course, I share my expertise on the psychology of whiteness, white anti-racist identity, and ally/accomplice action in a way that amplifies the important work being done by People of Color leading the way. My goal is to provide white people with a path for doing the work of getting uncomfortable and diving into 100% honest self-reflection, development of anti-racist identity, and concrete strategies for ally behaviors to dismantle white supremacy. By creating this course, I intentionally decided to prioritize racial justice over my own fears of being attacked, criticized, or negatively labeled.

Fair question- after all, I am white. Clearly, I will never understand the daily, persistent terror of living (trying to live) as a Black person or any Person of Color in the U.S. Are you asking about credentials? I don’t blame you for wanting to check me out first: Since 1998 when I started graduate school, my teaching, research, and activism have centered on white anti-racism, not just in theory, but in action. As a white woman from a working-class family steeped in Appalachian culture, I was raised on values of community first, speaking up for what’s right, collective justice, and organizing (by the people, for the people) to demand systemic change. As a white woman,I take responsibility for educating the privileged. People of Color have consistently called on white people to do this work and teach and train other white people. People of Color, both generally and personally in my life, have called on white people to stop asking them to teach us.

Several theories intertwine as the foundations of the course: 1) Critical race theory and critical white studies. You may notice I do not capitalize “white” which is connected to my critical white studies theoretical approach that launched my scholarship 20+ years ago. 2) Privilege studies and building awareness of white privilege (and other forms) are the central focus in all of my work. My first book was about deconstructing privilege in the classroom. 3) Intersectional theory occupies the core of my work to build intersectional allies. This theory was named and advanced by Black feminist scholars including Kimberlé Crenshaw, J.D. (lawyer and critical race theorist) and Patricia Hill Collins, Ph.D. (author of Black Feminist Thought and sociologist). My second book is about intersectional approaches to teaching and learning. 4) Feminist theory (with a strong critique of what is now labeled as white feminism). 5) Queer theory and working-class studies. 6) Social psychological theories related to out-group bias, social dominance, etc. You can see these theories at work in my scholarship, teaching, and action for policy change at

Good news! After payment you will receive a welcome email within a few minutes with instructions on how to login. Institutional licenses may take a few days to a few weeks depending on how fast (or slow) your organization’s payment processing operates. 

Yes! Previous groups signed up to take the course together and scheduled their own discussion meet-ups to process what they were learning. I am also available for discussion facilitation or virtual workshops depending on your needs.

Absolutely. Please contact me to discuss possible Q&A sessions, facilitated discussions, virtual workshops, or whatever else may serve your group.

Yes, you may purchase one institutional license for your organizational members. This is also a lifetime license with no future payment required. The pricing page provides more details.

Each individual license, as well as the group license options, come with a lifetime access. Once you pay for the seat(s) in the course, you have access for the lifetime of the course. You will not be kicked out after 12 weeks. This also means that any and all new content I add to the course over time is available to you at no additional charge.

The course is hosted on a fantastic site called Teachery. All you need is a functional computer and web browser. No need to login into a complex system such as Blackboard or Canvas. Teachery is simple and user-friendly!

As an educator myself, I must say YES! All educators could benefit from the content and the learning that awaits you in the course.  Whether preK-12, higher education, or educators in other contexts, this course will provide you with insights you can use in personal and professional roles.

Definitely! If you are looking to transform workplace culture, better serve communities, or address systemic racism within organizational policy, this course works toward those goals.

Information about the 6 main modules and many sub-lessons are provided in detail on the content page.

Yes. I am happy to provide an invoice for your institution/organization to pay me directly. The electronic invoice will provide convenient payment options. 

Yes, for group licenses only. Check via snail mail is perfectly fine. Keep in mind your group’s access to the course will be delayed until the check arrives in the mail. ACT is also available with instructions within the invoice.

Yes, individuals may pay via credit card on the course sign up page.  Institution rates already include a steep discount. Therefore, group licenses may be purchased via credit card with an added 3% fee.

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