February: How to be an Antiracist


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When Dr. Ibram X. Kendi won the National Book Award for Nonfiction in 2016 for a book about the history of racist ideas in America, some people felt a disconnect. Emerging from eight years of leadership under an African-American president, a narrative was building in America about the emergence of a post-racial society, colorblind to race and valuing merit over skin color.

Kendi challenges this notion in his New York Times-bestselling book Stamped from the Beginning, taking an expansive view on race and racist ideas that spans from 15th century Europe until modern day America. Kendi’s insight on racist structures are the focus of his latest book, How to Be an Antiracist, which empowers readers and audiences to not only recognize the pervasive influence of racism and racist ideas, but to actively participate in dismantling them.

The February discussion concluded on February 23. Join the email list for a blog recap from hosts Joyce R. Phillip and Dr. Soraira Urquiza.

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Blog recaps

February 2021 - How to be an Antiracist | 03/19/2021

"The journey to being an anti-racist is not simple. Regardless of your race, gender, ethnicity, age and/or religion, travelling this road is a complex process."

  • Dr. Soraira Urquiza
  • Joyce R. Phillip
  • July 2020 - Reconciling identity and grief with humor | 08/14/2020

    “People, things, and events can seem to come to life in the archive.” This sentiment feels acutely true of Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home, a graphic memoir that attempts to make sense of her father’s life, death, and queerness.

    May 2020 - Invisibility and "Enough is enough" | 06/08/2020

    "The Asian American & Pacific Islander experience is paradoxical. It is one of simultaneous action and inaction where survival and silencing pervade existence."

    March 2020 - Sisterhood, Allyship, and Voice | 04/10/2020

    The Women's Caucus takes us on a discussion about imposter syndrome, your voice in the workplace, and more.

    February 2020: The Path Made Clear | 02/21/2020

    Black Caucus chair Kristy Goodwin reflects on a fruitful discussion about purpose.

  • Kristy Goodwin
  • Connect articles

    Book Club Recap

    AACRAO Book Club - "How to be an Antiracist" Recap

    Mar 22, 2021

    Dr. Soraira Urquiza and Joyce Philip recap our recent Book Club discussion and their thoughts going forward.

    Young African American woman standing sideways, head down, showing palm with stop racism lettering

    February Book Club: How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X Kendi

    Feb 9, 2021

    Author to speak at the AACRAO (106th) Annual Meeting.


    LGBTQIA Caucus welcomes new chairs Tammy Johnson and Chris Dorsten

    Aug 24, 2020

    Thank you to departing chairs Paul McCarty and Holly Halmo.