Tim Wise Lecture - February 7, 2013
Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States, and has been called, “One of the most brilliant, articulate and courageous critics of white privilege in the nation,” by best-selling author and professor Michael Eric Dyson, of Georgetown University. Wise, who was named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by Utne Reader in 2010, has spoken in all 50 states of the U.S., on over 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market.
Tim’s book “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son” is available in the Wentworth Bookstore and on reserve in the Alumni Library.
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Co-sponsors for this event:
- Center for Community & Learning Partnerships
- Center for Wellness and Disability Services
- Department of Architecture
- Department of Humanities and Social Sciences
- Intercultural Center
- MassArt, Office of Multicultural Programs
- Office of Campus Life
- Office of Human Resources
- Office of Housing and Residential Life
- New Student Programs
- Student Experience Diversity Committee
- The Associate Vice Presidents
- Wentworth Events Board
- Wentworth Student Government
Why Tim Wise?
From the Fall 2011 Faculty/Staff Diversity Needs Assessment Survey administered by the Student Experience Diversity Committee:
- “We are all teachers and Learners”
- 85.8% of the respondents agreed or strongly agreed with the statement “Wentworth respects and values all members of our campus community. Through our commitment to each other, we create an individual environment for learning and citizenship.”
- 93% of faculty/staff believe diversity or inclusion is important to their teaching or work environment.
- Respondents would like to see the following resources offered: 47.8% requested workshops and trainings, 46.8% requested guest speakers, 44.6% requested conversations with colleagues, 67.2% requested books, articles, and videos.
- When asked for suggestions to foster an inclusive campus environment, the majority of responses suggested things like campus wide training and educational opportunities (forums, speakers, workshops).
From the Spring 2012 Student Campus Climate Survey administered by the Student Experience Diversity Committee:
- 13.9% of students reported being the target of discrimination.
- 29% of women felt isolated or left out when working on group assignments.
- The percent of students of color who do not feel valued on campus is 21%.