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The article is a reflective narrative regarding the work I do as an ally for change and social justice as a white woman. In my class on Human Diversity and Social Justice, I often discuss how I can use my white privilege to advance social justice to address racism. Several students who have taken the class offer their own reflections on taking the class. Relevant information from the literature is provided to ground the discussion and includes cultural competence, racism, white privilege, and racial identity development. Strategies for deconstructing racism are discussed.


Special Issue: Dismantling Social and Racial Injustice: A Transformative Movement for Civil and Human Rights published June 2016.

Ashleigh Betso, Emily Cusick, Caitlin Doyle, Mikaela Marbot, and Shauna Santos-Dempsey are undergraduate students who offer their own reflections on taking the class Human Diversity and Social Justice.



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