Refusing Institutional Whiteness: A Friday Forum Panel

Please join us in the English Lounge on Friday, March 22nd, at 4 PM for “Refusing Institutional Whiteness: Possibilities, Alternatives, and Beyond.”


Whiteness continues to be a crucial problem in our English department —both in terms of faculty representation and student demographics (and retention). In response to this issue and by recommendation of the student and faculty Diversity Committee, “Refusing Institutional Whiteness” draws together a group of scholars and thinkers in a range of disciplines in order to help us imagine, discuss, and produce new ways of resisting whiteness and envisioning alternatives in institution settings —whether that be through refusal, protest, dissent, or new types of social, artistic, and methodological existence. As a result of this gathering, we hope to collectively gain new perspectives, generate conversations around institutional whiteness, and move towards further reflexivity and change.

Co-Sponsors: GC Poetics Group, Composition and Communications Group, ESA Diversity Committee

Bianca Williams (Associate Professor of Anthropology, CUNY Graduate Center)
Tami Navarro (Associate Director, Barnard Center for Research on Women)
Asilia Franklin-Phipps (Lauder Post-Doctoral Fellow, Teaching & Learning Center, CUNY Graduate Center)

Moderated by Chy Sprauve (GC English PhD student)