Urban Leadership Academy 2016-2017
Make it Real: Instructional Leadership = Racial Equity
Minnesota school leaders must create an equitable and culturally responsive space for all students to learn. In order
to drive change, racial equity must be at the center of instructional leadership. Join us for ULA’s 2016 to 2017 workshop
series, to focus and reflect on what it means to be a racially equitable leader, providing expertise and vision for your
district, your school, your team, your classroom.
For the past 21 years, the Urban Leadership Academy has provided programming and sustained dialogue focused on the
continuous professional development of school leaders. Each workshop provides school leaders the opportunity to explore the
complexity of leading learning organizations in order to better serve students. The ULA advisory board, comprised of district
leaders from our seven member districts, continues to build on the educational strengths and challenges explored through each
- Workshops are held 8:30 am - 2:30 pm. Continental breakfast and registration begins at 8:00 am, and lunch is
provided as well.
- CEUs earned: 5 (both teacher clock hour certificates and administrative CEU certificates are available)
- ULA workshops are open to all school leaders. Special discounts apply to attendees from ULA member districts.
Interested in becoming a member district? Contact us to learn more.
- 2016/2017 ULA Member Districts: Eastern Carver County, Eden Prairie, Minneapolis, Mounds View, North St.
Paul-Maplewood Oakdale, Saint Paul, South Washington County, White Bear Lake
Workshop #4: Wednesday, April 26, 2017
The Sweet and Sour Taste of Racism in “Post-Racial” America
Most whites believe racism is limited to bigots: the KLAN, Cliven Bundy (Nevada Rancher) and Donald Sterling (former
owner of the Clippers), and Donald Trump and many of his supporters. In this presentation I will argue that racism morphed
in the 1970s into a more “civilized” racial system and produced a new type of prejudice. To make my case, I will do four
things. First, define racism and suggest that, above anything else, it is systemic race-based privilege defended through
racial domination. Second, provide the general characteristics of the “new racism” or the system of racial domination that
replaced Jim Crow in the 1970s. Third, describe the dominant prejudice of contemporary America which I have labeled in my
work as “color-blind racism.” Fourth, illustrate how the new racism system and the new prejudice work in organizations the
parade as “beyond race”: colleges. I will conclude my talk by suggesting several things we might consider doing to fight
dominant as well as secondary forms of racism in contemporary America.
Eduardo Bonilla-Silva is Professor and Chair of
the Sociology department at Duke University. Professor Bonilla-Silva gained visibility in the social sciences with his 1997
American Sociological Review article, “Rethinking Racism: Toward a Structural Interpretation,” where he challenged social
analysts to study racial matters structurally rather than from the sterile prejudice perspective. Bonilla-Silva has received
many awards, most notably, the 2007 Lewis Coser Award given by the Theory Section of the American Sociological Association
for Theoretical-Agenda Setting and, in 2011, the Cox-Johnson-Frazier Award given by the American Sociological Association
“to an individual or individuals for their work in the intellectual traditions of the work of these three African American
scholars.” He is the President-Elect of the Southern Sociological Society and was recently elected President of the
American Sociological Association.
Please contact Jessica McLain at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-220-8722 if you have any
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