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Studio Session: White Fragility

Power, Privilege, and Ethical Responses: Anti-Racism

Speaker: Dr. Keisha Clark

Date: Tuesday, August 13, 2020

Time: 6:30 P.M. – 8:30 P.M.

Due to an issue with the Zoom conference system, there will not be a video to post.

Join the Design Lab for a studio session with Keisha Clark as she takes a deep dive into the exploration of the symptoms that bring about White Fragility.  Unraveling the structures that have left everyone locked into anti-blackness and their own discovery of racism in America.  These structures have been creating fragility for whites and destructive behaviors for all.

This talk is part of the Power, Privilege, and Ethical Responses: Anti-Racism series comprised of 14 studio sessions where we address the question “How Might We Design From Whiteness to Oneness”.


Dr. Clark is a native of the segregated South of New Orleans, La. and was evacuated to California in 2005 due to Hurricane Katrina. Dr. Clark’s educational background includes an undergraduate degree earned at a Historically Black College and University (HBCU) in Psychology, a graduate degree in Criminal Justice, and a doctorate degree in Management with a concentration in Organizational Leadership. She provides leadership development for the County of San Diego. Dr. Clark specializes in Cultural Competence, Diversity, Inclusion & Equity, and Trauma. Her work has reached from New Orleans to Hawaii, San Diego, Florida, and D.C. She has been a speaker at national conferences advocating for African American communities disproportionately affected by mental health and justice systems.

She has provided consultation to develop transformational leadership curriculum for San Diego City College and has helped Emory University incorporate mindfulness training in their curriculum. She has served as adjunct faculty at Point Loma Nazarene University and Southwestern Community College teaching Criminology. She is a current online instructor for Indiana Wesleyan University teaching Human Services and Psychology. She is a member of the Diversity & Inclusion Transformation Team, Cultural Competence Response Team and Trauma Informed Systems Integration Team. Dr. Clark serves as the President of the African American Association of County Employees and the Chairperson for the Employee Resource Group Council. She has published work in the field of resilience. In her spare time, Dr. Clark enjoys being involved in volunteerism that promotes community uplift.

Virtual Conference Details

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This talk is part of the Power Privilege and Ethical Responses: Anti-Racism Programming series comprised of 14 studio sessions where we address the question “How Might We Design From Whiteness to Oneness”.

Power, Privilege, and Ethical Responses: Anti-Racism
Question: How Might We Design From Whiteness to Oneness

Phase 1: Hiring, Leadership, Culture, Inclusion and Diversity issues

Upcoming Studio Sessions:

  • Studio Session: Designing From Whiteness to Oneness™ – Ymasumac M. Davis, Tues, 8/11/20
  • Studio Session: White Fragility – Dr. Keisha Clark, Thu, 8/13/20
  • Studio Session: What’s Wrong With Individualism? – Rise San Diego, Tue, 8/18/20
  • Studio Session: Designing For Diversity™ – Project Inkblot, Tue, 9/22/20

WHAT IS A STUDIO SESSION? Studio Sessions provide introductions to design skill sets that address the needs of industry, civics, community engagement, and group collaborations. Through a series of workshops and interactive experiences, participants gain hands-on know-how in a variety of design competencies that enhance their skills and provide them with deeper insight into relevant practices. Each session starts with a lead facilitator, who sets an agenda and a topic area. It is then followed by hands-on breakout sessions to deepen discussions and cultivate skills in this area.

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