32nd Annual Conference

March 10-12, 2020

Minneapolis Convention Center, Minnesota

Being White Men: Understanding the Role of White Men in IDEA

90-minute Workshops

Day 3

Session Code: S4-D
When: March 12, 2020
Location/Room: M100ABC
Level: Introductory
Track: Critical Employment Practices
Presenters: Dr. Alan Richter, QED Consulting  |  Dr. Michael Baran, Iris Inclusion


Where do White men fit in the effort to develop cultures of inclusion and belonging? This presentation will explore why it is that while our inclusion, diversity, equity and accessibility (IDEA) efforts are often aimed at White men, they actually provide a liberating influence on the cultural traps of dominant identity. Participants from all gender and racial groups will work together to understand how White men can contribute to the IDEA movement, not only as allies, but also for their own development, growth and freedom.

Attendees will explore cultural patterns of gender expectations as they occur in various global cultures and explore how they can entrap people in unconscious patterns of behavior that are not only damaging to others, but to ourselves as well. We discuss dynamics of privilege, dominance and White fragility.

Learning Outcomes
  • Gain an understanding of the way toxic masculinity creates a trap that is damaging to others
  • Understand how patterns of gender expectations from various cultures contribute to the cultural dynamic
  • Learn patterns of behavior that create greater and more meaningful involvement

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