Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Student Life & Engagement

R.A.W. Structure


R.A.W. 2017-2018

‌‌Structure

  • Cohort(s) ranging from 6–10 individuals
  • Cohort(s) will be a closed space for self-identified White individuals (includes bi-racial and multi-racial students)
  • Series of seven two hour workshops over the course of Fall and Spring semester
  • Interactive workshop aimed at collaborative exchange of dialogue between cohort members
  • Student participants will work on Action Projects focusing on racial justice and allyship
  • Guides provide foundation for workshops and support for cohort members

Workshop Topics

  • Workshop 1: Groundrules, Safe space, Vulnerability
  • Workshop 2: Diversity Foundations, Intersection of Identities
  • Workshop 3: Defining and Analyzing White Privilege
  • Workshop 4: Unpacking and Unlearning White Privilege
  • Workshop 5: Cycle of Oppression and Socialization
  • Workshop 6: Effective Ally Behavior, Bystander Intervention
  • Workshop 7: Reflection, Goal Setting

Requirements

The requirements to apply for this program are: (1) you must self-identify as White (includes bi-racial and multi-racial students) and (2) you must be able to attend all workshops for either cohort 1 or cohort 2, to the best of your ability, as only two excused absences will be allowed. 
 
REQUIREMENT 1: YOU MUST SELF-IDENTIFY AS WHITE. White as a racial/ethnic category is difficult to define as there is no one accurate definition for this racial/ethnic category. The definition and social significance of what it means to be White has changed throughout history. The R.A.W. program draws on Barbara Applebaum's (2010) scholarship to understand Whiteness: "While the definition of whiteness is difficult to pin down, there is a widespread agreement that whiteness is a socially constructed category that is normalized within a system of privilege so that it is taken for granted by those who benefit from it. Ruth Frankenberg defines whiteness as '...a location of structural advantage, of race privilege. Second it is a 'standpoint,' a place from which White people look at ourselves, at others, and at society. Third, 'Whiteness' refers to a set of cultural practices that are usually unmarked and unnamed.' Cheryl Harris suggests that whiteness is best understood as a form of property rights that is systemically protected by social institutions such as law. Thus whiteness is not merely about skin color alone but involves a culturally, socially, politically and institutionally produced and reproduced system of institutional practices" (9).
 
Interested students may also identify as bi-racial and/or multi-racial, where you may come from a mixed-race, mixed-heritage family where some members identify as White. Bi-racial and/or multi-racial students are more than welcome to apply for R.A.W. If you identify as bi-racial and/or multi-racial, please know that the R.A.W. experience will focus primarily on anti-racist, anti-supremacist efforts that address racial justice in the U.S. Should you have more questions about White as a racial/ethnic category, and/or whether you are eligible for R.A.W., please email Naseeb Bhangal at nbhangal@luc.edu
 
REQUIREMENT 2: YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND ALL WORKSHOPS for either cohort 1 or cohort 2. Workshops will be held on both Wednesday (3-5 PM) and Thursday (6-8 PM) on the following dates: 
 
COHORT 1--Wednesdays from 3-5 PM: Exact dates will be determined by July 14, 2017
Wednesday, October, 2017
Wednesday, November, 2017
Wednesday, November, 2017
Wednesday, January, 2018
Wednesday, February, 2018
Wednesday, February, 2018
Wednesday, March, 2018
 
COHORT 2--Thursdays from 6-8 PM: Exact dates will be determined by July 14, 2017
Thursday, October, 2017
Thursday, November, 2017
Thursday, November, 2017
Thursday, January, 2018
Thursday, February, 2018
Thursday, February, 2018
Thursday, March, 2018
 

Application Process

Applications for the R.A.W. 2017-18 cohort will be available via LUCentral by July 14, 2017.
 
Application deadline is Saturday, September 30th, 2017 by 10:00 pm.  We welcome students with little exposure to concepts of White privilege to students who have a desire to learn about allyship and anti-racist, anti-supremacist efforts that address racial justice. 
 
All applicants will receive email confirmation that their application was received within one business day after they apply.
 
For more information on R.A.W. contact Naseeb Bhangal: nbhangal@luc.edu.