White-Identifying, Anti-Racist Workspaces

In collaboration with the Center for Inclusion, Diversity, Equity and Social Change (IDEAS) and the Division of Student Affairs and Campus Life (SACL), these workspaces were created in response recent and ongoing violence against Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) in the United States and around the world.

These are WORKspaces where white-identifying students can explore what it means to be white, and subsequently, to understand their role in anti-racist work. Our goal is to shift from a mindset of "I'm not a racist" to actively practicing anti-racism in our everyday lives, but first we must understand the systems of white supremacy, white privilege, and white fragility that are operating all around us. Join this Engage portal to register for weekly workspaces, and gain access to resources. Remember, the work of anti-racism is lifelong and expansive - this is not a fully comprehensive series, and we encourage all students to continue learning on their own and to seek out additional resources. 

Follow the Center for IDEAS on Instagram to stay engaged in the conversation and get important updates about events. 

Upcoming Workspaces

Workspaces will be held on Fridays from 11am-12pm EST unless otherwise noted. Workspace topics are dates/times are subject to change. 

Click on each link to register in Engage. Please note that you must register for each event separately. Even if you attended one of these workspaces in the summer, you are still encouraged to attend as the conversation with a new group of your peers will undoubtedly be unique. 

Dates and times for workspaces in the spring semester at TBD, but tentative topics include: racism in higher education, racism in athletics, exploring when racism intersects with homophobia/transphobia and/or misogyny, racism in politics and policies, activism as a white accomplice and confronting racism.

Ithaca College Course Offerings

Please consider registering for one or multiple courses that relate to race, racism, anti-racism, or another topic that is covered in this series.

This is likely not a comprehensive list of courses, please check HomerConnect for the most accurate and up-to-date information. If you notice a course that is missing, feel free to share that with us and we will add it to the list. 

Culture and Communication

  • Introduction to Culture and Communication

Culture, Race and Ethnicity

  • Introduction to African Diaspora Studies
  • Introduction to Native American Indigenous Studies
  • Introduction to Asian American Studies
  • Introduction to Culture, Race & Ethnicity Concepts
  • Japanese Americans and Mass Incarceration
  • The Politics of Whiteness
  • Watching Race in American Media
  • Punishment, Prisons, and Democracy
  • Scholarship of and by Women of Color


  • The Power of Injustice and the Injustice of Power
  • Survey of African American Literature
  • Studies in Multicultural American Literature
  • Latino/a Culture through Literature 


  • Inequalities in U.S. Health Care
  • Wellness: Multicultural Perspectives on Health and Healing


  • Media Literacy: Race, Gender and Ethnicity 


  • African American Popular Music: Blues to Hip Hop


  • Psych of Privilege & Oppression


  • Scholarship of and by Women of Color


  • Latino/a Culture through Literature

Please check back mid-fall for a list of Spring 2021 Course Offerings!

Additional Support and Resources

Please seek additional support, resources, events, and educational materials from any of these offices/departments/student organizations on campus.

Website: https://www.ithaca.edu/center-ideas

Engage (find upcoming events): https://ithaca.campuslabs.com/engage/organization/center-for-ideas-iden…

Website: https://www.ithaca.edu/center-study-culture-race-and-ethnicity (here you can find upcoming events, discussion series, lectures/presentations, and course offerings)

Engage Website: https://ithaca.campuslabs.com/engage/ (here you can explore events being offered across campus). Specifically, here you can find event that have the "leading in a diverse world attribute" https://ithaca.campuslabs.com/engage/events?query=leading%20in%20a%20diverse%20world

You may want to specifically check any of the following portals for events related to topics/themes discussed in this series. Please note that some organizations may restrict membership/certain events to a specific identity or community, and we ask that you please respect those spaces when they are identified that way, however, most will offer events that are open to all students as well. 

African Latino Society

African Students Association

Asian American Alliance

Brothers for Brothers

Buzzsaw Magazine

Caribbean Students Association

Chinese Students and Scholars Association

Committee on Decolonial Affairs 

Embrace Publication

Engaging Mental Health in People of Color

Futures Club, Ithaca College

IC Mixed

IC Proud

International Club of Ithaca College 

Ithaca College Physical Therapy Students of Color 

Melanin in Medicine

NaturALL - Ethnic Hair Care Club

PODER: Latinx Student Association

Sister 2 Sister

Student-Athletes of Color

Contact Us

Please email Samantha Elebiary (selebiary@ithaca.edu) or Elyse Nepa (enepa@ithaca.edu) if you have any questions.