‘White Fragility’ author will discuss racism, social justice while at Iowa State

Robin DiAngelo

Robin DiAngelo

AMES, Iowa — A scholar on race issues, particularly how white Americans deal with race and privilege, is coming to Iowa State University.

Robin DiAngelo will present “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism” at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 26, at Stephens Auditorium. This event is free and open to the public.

DiAngelo wrote a book of the same name, as well as “Is Everyone Really Equal?”

For more than 20 years, she has facilitated trainings on racial and social justice issues and taught courses in multicultural teaching, inter-group dialogue facilitation, cultural diversity and social justice and anti-racist education.

In 2011, she coined the term “white fragility” – a concept of how white Americans can be highly sensitive to and defensive in situations involving race. DiAngelo emphasizes the perspectives and skills white people need to build in order to engage more constructively about race. 

White Fragility

DiAngelo received her Ph.D. in multicultural education at the University of Washington, where she is currently an affiliate associate professor in the College of Education. She has twice won the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year in the University of Washington’s School of Social Work.

This event is co-sponsored by the Ames Public Library Friends Foundation, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences diversity programs, Ivy College of Business, College of Design, College of Engineering, College of Human Sciences, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, College of Veterinary Medicine, Iowa State Conference on Race and Ethnicity, Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity, Minorities in Ag, Natural Resources and Related Sciences, Office of Extension and Outreach, Office of the Vice President for Diversity and Inclusion, University Library and the Committee on Lectures, which is funded by Student Government.

Find more information about ISU lectures online or by calling 515-294-9934.