Exploring Whiteness



Exploring Whiteness

How Understanding White Identity Equips Us to Challenge Racism

As we work to learn about and to dismantle systemic racism and systems of privilege, we must also come to understand how our own lives and opportunities are formed by the world and structures within which we live. This requires us to look deeply at our own life experiences and to ask ourselves how these experiences have been formed by our (racial) identity, as well as our privileged and oppressed intersecting identities.

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Who Should Take This Course

While this course is especially relevant for pre-service and in-service teachers and school leaders, it is also appropriate for community members who are or want to be engaged in anti-racist work.


What You Will Learn

  • Participants in this course will be guided through this learning process by engaging in reading, discussion and group activities in order to understand how Whiteness (our own and others) impacts our perspective, position and actions.
  • Participants will investigate their own beliefs and values, working to understand how a positive White identity can be developed by moving through fear, guilt and anger.
  • At the conclusion of this course, participants will be equipped to engage in antiracist work in and out of the classroom.


Online Course

Exploring Whiteness is a synchronous online course, with Zoom class meetings and course materials on iLearn. You will need access to a computer and Zoom.

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CE 9095: Exploring Whiteness: How Understanding White Identity Equips Us to Challenge Racism (2 CEU)

Date & Time

Tuesdays & Thursdays
June 14, 2022 - July 14, 2022
1 p.m. - 3 p.m. Pacific


Course Fee: $365



Jennifer Chassman Browne, Instructor
Jennifer Chassman Browne, Instructor


Jennifer Chassman Browne, Faculty (she/her)

Jennifer Chassman Browne has been an educator for over 25 years, and has experience working with students ranging from 3rd grade through the university level. Most of her work has been as an English/Social Studies teacher and a school leader. Jenn has experience working in public and independent schools in both California and Massachusetts, and the majority of her leadership experience has been at the secondary level as an Assistant Principal, Associate Head or Curriculum Director, where she has been focused on directing curricular programs and supporting teachers in developing instructional practices.

Jenn’s DEI training includes earning a Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Certificate from Cornell University and an Equity and Diversity Certificate from the University of Minnesota. She also completed the SEED (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity) training. Jenn has also completed the ASCD Foundations of Fostering Equity in Schools Training, as well as the Program for School Management and Leadership which is a joint program through the Harvard Graduate School of Education and the Harvard Business School, focused on school change. Most recently, Jenn has earned a post-baccalaureate certificate in Ethnic Studies from San Francisco State University.

She is experienced in developing and leading workshops on identity, equity, belonging, social justice, disability and Ethnic Studies. Jenn has served as a member of the diversity committees in schools for the last 5 years, designing, implementing and assessing diversity and inclusion initiatives, and Ethnic Studies programs. Further, she is practiced in developing increased diversity in recruitment, hiring and retention as well as increased experiences of inclusion for employees and clients.


Questions? Contact Us

For questions about the course expectations and content, please contact the instructor at jachassman@gmail.com.

For other questions please contact Afitap Boz at aboz@sfsu.edu or (415) 817-4227.