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NCORE Webinar Series

Using Autoethnography to Develop Race Cognizance in White Folks on Campus


Recorded March 31, 2021  |  Captions and sign language interpretation provided.

90 min  |  $25.00  |  Purchase this webinar


Session Description:

This session will examine (1) how White folks maintain systems of oppression and dominance that support White supremacy and exacerbate racism and inequity in higher education and; (2) how autoethnography can support well-meaning White folks (like the presenter) build greater race cognizance, start to see systemic racism at work and gain the understanding needed to take responsibility for complicity in White supremacy. The presenter will share her original research, o demonstrate how the process of autoethnographic research can start moving White folks from "color-blind, non-racist, I know I have privilege attitudes" and behaviors towards "color seeing, anti-racists who take personal responsibility for their complicity in White supremacy." 

The presenter will share how she discovered information about her own racial and ethnic ancestry that had been intentionally omitted to protect her Whiteness and class. These omissions include colonization, enslavement, genocide and rape. This session should particularly benefit White folks wanting to move past surface reflections of privilege, to understanding how generations of intentional choices often hinder our ability to see how our actions (and lack thereof) perpetuate White supremacy on campus and in the rest of the world.


Hallie Starr

Hallie Star

Dr. Hallie Star earned her EdD in higher education leadership from Idaho State University and is the director of the College of Southern Idaho’s Blaine County Center – an off-campus center located in Hailey, Idaho where she also teaches communications and general education courses. Dr. Star’s research focuses on the critical study of Whiteness in higher education, the intersections of gender, race, class, family history and the need for White people to engage in self-reflective practices to genuinely work towards anti-racism. Most recently she co-authored a chapter in a new book titled, “Whiteness, Power and Resisting Change in US Higher Education: A Peculiar Institution, edited by Kenneth Roth and Zach Ritter.”