- The Washington Times - Thursday, May 10, 2018

Students who attend the University of Colorado-Colorado Springs this summer have the opportunity to earn credits if they attempt to transform a supposed “white culture” of “meritocracy.”

A new “Witnessing Whiteness” workshop in the Centennial State encourages participants to form groups that can “dismantle the systems of white supremacy that support current structures of inequity.”

The 11-part series, first reported by the educational watchdog Campus Reform, was created by Shelly Tochluk, who is also known in academic circles for organizing the “Unmasking Whiteness” conference.

Indicators of “white culture” include “individualism, consumerism, meritocracy as an ideal, superficiality, competition, ambition, productivity, [and] extreme exploitation of labor/resources for profit,’” an online workshop document tells readers.

Open-source material provided by UCCS warns students to be prepared for “resistance and distress” as they attempt to convince others of “white privilege.”

“This course offers participants the opportunity to use knowledge and skills related to anti-racism, racial identity, and white privilege to 1) support the growth and development of individual community members, 2) develop shared understandings among community members, and 3) increase the capacity for groups to work collectively to interrupt white privilege and racism in their immediate environments,” a workshop description reads.

“Essential topics covered include: the need to attend to race issues, culture and appropriation, authentic interactions, the history of whiteness, racial identity formation, privilege, transformative relationships, racial scripts, personal and group action planning, and cultural change,” it says.

Ms. Tochuk did not respond to the nonprofit organization’s request for comment prior to Wednesday’s publication.

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