Nathaniel McMillion, Mason Low, Areli Ruiz, Nicholas Couto
Elizabeth Vidaurri (Other)
The purpose of this presentation is to identify the structure that is white supremacy and the ways Central Washington University, as a predominantly white institution perpetuates this structure. White supremacy is not restricted to the far-right extremists, but in white-centered societies and communities, it is the dominant paradigm that forms the foundation from which norms rules and laws are created. Dismantling this system requires having honest conversations in the ways we are complicit in it and with her book Me and White Supremacy, Layla F. Saad has provided us a framework for which to do so. This presentation will highlight the necessity of addressing white supremacy at a PWI, as well as reveal first-hand experiences that Central students have with encountering this ideology. Combining ethnographic research along with Saad’s work, this presentation will identify how the institution of Central has engaged in behaviors such as apathy, tokenism, and optical allyship. We will also be demonstrating how Central, and its community can move from optical allyship to the practice of true allyship to BIPOC communities.
Keywords: Equity, Anti-Racism, Inclusion