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White Allies Working Group Q2 Meeting

May 9, 2020 @ 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm

White Allies Working Group Part 2
(co-lead by Camille Campbell, MFT and Lily Sun, MFT)

The SFCAMFT Diversity Committee would like to announce that the second White Allies Working Group meeting is coming up from 12noon-1:30pm on Saturday, May 9th, 2020. Due to uncertainty regarding the COVID-19 shelter in place order, we have had to make adjustments both to the originally scheduled time, as well as to our meeting format. We plan on meeting via Zoom, so if you are interested in attending, please RSVP to camille.campbell@gmail.com by Friday 5/8/20 for the Zoom address and password.

We were pleased to host the first White Allies Working Group meeting in March. We had a packed room and lively discussion of the first four episodes of the podcast Seeing White, the Peabody-nominated podcast series hosted by John Biewen in collaboration with Chenjerai Kumanyika. The series is part of the larger Scene on Radio podcast which comes from the Center for Documentary Studies at Duke University: https://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/. For our second meeting, we will be discussing the next four episodes in the series (parts 5-8).

Details are included below if you are interested in attending, but participating in the exploration doesn’t need to be limited to those who can attend. You can listen to the podcast at your own speed and attend whichever of the meetings you choose. The intention of the group is to create space for white identified clinicians to understand how whiteness is constructed, its impact on our clients of color, and how to decenter whiteness to better serve our clients. We invite all interested members to follow along on this journey this year.

We’ve broken the 14 part series into 4 listening segments and will meet 4 times in 2020 to discuss each segment:

1. First meeting March 1st, 2020: Introduction and Episodes 31-34 (parts 1-4 of series)

2. Second meeting 12noon-1:30pm, May 9th, 2020: Episodes 35-38 (parts 5-8 of series)

3. Third meeting mid-September: Episodes 39-42 (parts 9-12 of series)

4. Fourth meeting early November – Episodes 43-44 (parts 13-14 of series) and Conclusion

What follows are the study questions for the second four episodes. They were created by the podcast hosts to accompany each segment and can be found online: http://www.sceneonradio.org/seeing-white/seeing-white-study-guide/

1.When the United States government acquired the land that became part of the state of Minnesota from the Dakota people, did it do so in an honest and respectful way? [Part 5]

2.What does philosopher Shannon Sullivan mean by “good white people?” [Part 6]

3.People in the American North often believe that the Civil War was a moral crusade in which the Union intervened to end slavery and “save” black people from bondage. Is this an accurate summary of what happened? [Part 6]

4.Scholar Dorothy Roberts says that race scientists of the 17th to 20th centuries used science to “confirm … their reality.” What was the “reality” they were trying to confirm? [Part 8]

5.What does today’s genomic science say about biological/genetic significance of “race”? [Part 8]

We ask that white identified clinicians who are interested in joining please listen to parts 5-8 (episodes 35-38) prior to the meeting, and then join us ready to discuss the prompt questions listed above.

We hope this series of meetings will help participants relate to their clients of color in a more informed way that does not put the onus on clients of color to educate their white identified clinicians. We see this initiative as a first step towards creating greater awareness and competency for white identified clinicians to be better allies in working with their clients of color and to our community. There is no charge to join this group, and all white identified SFCAMFT members are invited to join.

Please RSVP to camille.campbell@gmail.com by Friday 5/8/20 to receive the Zoom address and password for the meeting.

If you have any further questions about this group, feel free to contact either Camille Campbell at camille.campbell@gmail.com, or Lily Sun at lilysunmft@gmail.com.


May 9, 2020
12:00 pm - 1:30 pm


Zoom online


Camille Campbell
Lily Sun