Robin DiAngelo

Dr. Robin DiAngelo is one of the world’s leading experts on Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis. Currently, she is an Affiliate Associate Professor of Education at the University of Washington. Dr. DiAngelo has written numerous articles and award-winning books, including The New York Times bestseller “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism.” “White Fragility” is a term Dr. DiAngelo uses to refer to the extreme difficulty white people have talking about race. The term has subsequently influenced the international dialogue on racial issues, perceptions, assumptions and impacts.

Dr. DiAngelo states, “I am a white woman, and my work is committed to continually raising my own and other white people’s consciousness about racism so that we may ameliorate its impact.”

Dr. DiAngelo received her Ph.D. in Multicultural Education from the University of Washington in 2004 and holds two Honorary Doctorates. She is also a two-time winner of the Student’s Choice Award for Educator of the Year at the University of Washington’s School of Social Work. She formerly served as a tenured professor of multicultural education at Westfield State University. In addition to her academic work and publications, Dr. DiAngelo has been a consultant and trainer for over twenty years on issues of racial and social justice.

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