Loyola University Chicago

Student Diversity & Multicultural Affairs

Division of Student Development

R.A.W. Structure

‌‌Structure

  • Cohort(s) ranging from 10-12 individuals
  • Cohort(s) will be organized into affinity spaces 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
     
  • ACTION PROJECTS: The R.A.W. experience culminates with R.A.W. Action Projects, which invite student participants to share and implement their learning within the larger Loyola community through presentations, interviews, and workshops. 

Requirements

The requirements to apply for this program are: (1) you must self-identify as White (open to 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 White has changed throughout history. You 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 the exploration of Whiteness. 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 and/or read: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/entry/mtv-white-people_us_55a6b116e4b04740a3dec084 OR http://www.sunypress.edu/p-5861-good-white-people.aspx 
 
REQUIREMENT 2: YOU MUST BE ABLE TO ATTEND ALL WORKSHOPS for either cohort 1 or cohort 2, which are located on the Lakeshore Campus. Workshops will be held on both Wednesday (3-5 PM) and Thursday (6-8 PM) on the following dates. Dialogue spaces are optional for cohort members as additional opportunities to go deeper into topics. Absences from workshops will be considered on a case-by-case basis and priority will be given to academic-related absences: 
 
COHORT 1--Wednesdays from 3-5 PM: 
Wednesday, October 18, 2017 | Workshop #1 (REQUIRED)
Wednesday, October 25, 2017 | Dialogue #1
Wednesday, November 1, 2017 | Workshop #2 (REQUIRED)
Wednesday, November 8, 2017 | Dialogue #2
Wednesday, November 15, 2017 | Workshop #3 (REQUIRED)
Wednesday, January 24, 2018 | Workshop #4 (REQUIRED)
Wednesday, January 31, 2018 | Workshop #5 (REQUIRED)
Wednesday, February 7, 2018 | Dialogue #3
Wednesday, February 14, 2018 | Workshop #6 (REQUIRED) 
Wednesday, February 21, 2018 | Dialogue #4
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 | Workshop #7 (REQUIRED)
 
COHORT 2--Thursdays from 6-8 PM: 
Thursday, October 19, 2017 | Workshop #1 (REQUIRED)
Thursday, October 26, 2017 | Dialogue #1
Thursday, November 2, 2017 | Workshop #2 (REQUIRED)
Thursday, November 9, 2017 | Dialogue #2
Thursday, November 16, 2017 | Workshop #3 (REQUIRED)
Thursday, January 25, 2018 | Workshop #4 (REQUIRED)
Thursday, February 1, 2018 | Workshop #5 (REQUIRED)
Thursday, February 8, 2018 | Dialogue #3
Thursday, February 15, 2018 | Workshop #6 (REQUIRED) 
Thursday, February 22, 2018 | Dialogue #4
Thursday, March 1, 2018 | Workshop #7 (REQUIRED)
 

Application Process

Applications for the R.A.W. 2017-18 cohort are available via LUCentralhttps://orgsync.com/72155/forms/267733 
 
Application deadline is Monday, September 25, 2017 by 5 pm. We welcome students with little exposure to concepts of White privilege, White Supremacy, and racial justice to students who are active Allies in their communities. 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.