White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism

Begins January 16, 2023

“The work of antiracism is the work of becoming a better human to other humans.”

~Austin Channing Brown

This PPO book studies course is based on the book: White Fragility: Why It’s so Hard for White People to talk about Racism.  The purpose of this PPO book study course is to encourage individuals traditionally identified as privileged in society, particularly white interpreters, to consider how they may benefit from and contribute to important conversations about race and other issues involving diversity, inclusion, and social justice. 

Overview: DiAngelo stresses that all white people play a role in perpetuating white supremacy—and that it is possible for them to change this if they are willing to examine how underlying assumptions influence their behavior.

Amazon’s Review:

The New York Times best-selling book explores the counterproductive reactions white people have when their assumptions about race are challenged, and how these reactions maintain racial inequality.
In this “vital, necessary, and beautiful book” (Michael Eric Dyson), antiracist educator Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’ (Claudia Rankine). Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively. (Credit: Amazon.com book club)


Target Audience for this Webinar: Working Interpreters

(Please note: interpreting students should NOT participate in this course. For student oriented material, please email [email protected])


Educational Objectives for White Fragility:

  1. Participants will define “White Fragility” and the impact of power, privilege, and oppression has on their role as an interpreter.
  2. Participants will identify and understand concepts such as White Supremacy, Racism, Socialized Whiteness, and Social Identities--and connect those concepts in their work with Deaf People of Color.
  3. Participants will identify and apply at least three strategies for combating racism, prejudice, discrimination, and/or oppression in their daily teachings and/or interpreting practices.
  4. Participants will develop an action plan to address how they will reduce White Fragility in their work and/or social interactions with DPOC or ITOC.  


Purple Communications is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This PPO Professional Studies program is offered for 0.7 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level.

Diversity Academy and Purple Communications promotes and supports policies of non-discrimination and an environment that is mutually respectful and free from bias. 

Requests for accommodations must be submitted to [email protected]

The proceeds from this course will be used to compensate diverse Deaf People of Color presenters and BIPOC facilitators in Diversity Academy.

Our courses are available to Diversity Academy members for $40 or to non-members for $65.



Dr. Suzette Garay is Deaf BIPOC and a third generational Latina(x) from South America, Nicaragua and a third member of my family who was born Deaf. She holds the following degrees: BA, MA. PSY.S, and a Ph.D. Her major areas of studies are Special Education with an emphasis on Deafness and Learning Disabilities, Psychology, and teaching of American Sign Language. She is currently a retired Educational Psychologist and teaches online diversity training courses and/or Interpreting sign language courses and currently facilitates the Dear White Interpreter course with the CAITE BHI program. She also co-owns a private online website working with many families, individuals, and private business owners about interpreting, accessibility, diversity, and advocacy with diverse DHHDB consumers at www.thediversityacademy.com.

Dr. Garay’s resume includes the following qualifications: 25+ years of direct teaching, evaluating, and mentoring with Special Education students, ASL/Interpreter students, working nationally-certified interpreters, and/or community business members who use American Sign Language for communicating with their consumers. She also has invaluable personal experience and success teaching, evaluating, and mentoring diverse deaf individuals and/or consumers from underprivileged socio-economic backgrounds.


Philip J. Wolfe has a longstanding history as an advocate, pro-activist, and an antiracist worker who is white, Jewish, no pronouns, non-binary, pansexual, and Deaf. He grew up in upstate, New York, and was raised by his grandparents who were hearing and knew a little of any sign language.

Philip has been proactivity involved with various LGBTQ activism at many levels throughout his life and is currently the President of Northwest Rainbow Alliance of the Deaf.  In 2013, Phillip moved to Portland, Oregon where he currently resides and continues to focus his antiracism work with the Black Lives Matter movement as well as many other social justice movements that continue to impact his journey toward dismantling many ‘isms’ and unpacking his white privileges. 

Since then, Philip has actively advocated for the rights of people with disabilities. Philip joined the Portland Commission on Disability and served as a Commissioner for 8 years. Early 2015, Philip has served on the Community Oversight Advisory Board (COAB), mandated by the US Department of Justice to oversee policy and procedures for the Portland Police Bureau, and he also was the first Deaf Advocate to chair COAB.


Renee Phillips has a BA from University of Arkansas in Little Rock. Her degree is in Liberal Arts with a focus on non-profit leadership. Renee is involved in many different leadership activities, including the Non-Profit Leadership Summit held in Chicago. Renee is a teacher by day for high school students and studying to become a CDI. Renee is the recipient of the Optimist Scholarship award. She believes in the importance of helping others achieve their highest good and leads discussions on social justice and systemic racism. Renee currently co-facilitates several Antiracist PPO CEUs online courses offered at Diversity Academy for Interpreters.

White Fragility Course

January 16 - February 13, 2023 Live Zoom Meetings - Mondays or Wednesdays 4pm PST / 6pm CST / 7pm EST

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4 Sessions, Online Meetings

This course includes four sessions, videos, worksheets, plus weekly online interactive group sessions. Upon registration, participants will receive weekly guided chapter questions for discussions via an online course. Participants are required to read the entire book (or audio book) and participate in the weekly discussion topics.  Participants must purchase or borrow their own book (available at any book seller and/or local library of their choice).  

Learn how to become an effective ally.

This course provides 0.7 CEUs.

This course meets the category of Power, Privilege and Oppression Category (PPO, PS CEUs).  

Topics Covered in This Course

This four-week course begins January 16, 2023. You'll receive one module via email each week. Interactive discussions take place in the online community at Diversity Academy and via Zoom. 

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Purple Communications is an Approved RID CMP Sponsor for continuing education activities. This PPO Professional Studies program is offered for 0.7 CEUs at the Little/None Content Knowledge Level.

Diversity Academy and Purple Communications promotes and supports policies of non-discrimination and an environment that is mutually respectful and free from bias.

Requests for accommodations must be submitted to [email protected]

Cancellation Policy: 

In the event that this course has to be canceled, we will notify you within 48 hours. We will provide an alternative course date. 

Should you decide that any of these courses are not for you, you may cancel with a full refund by the first week of the course. 


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