Harvey to speak on anti-racism and equity

Published on October 30, 2019

Interrupting White Socialization in the Work of Anti-Racism and Equity

Jennifer Harvey portrait

Jennifer Harvey, PhD
Professor of Religion at Drake University
Author of Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America

Wednesday, November 20
12:30-1:30 pm

Powerful multi-generational patterns of white socialization shape the lives of white U.S.-Americans. These show up in every aspect of U.S. social life, including in our professional lives where they impact all of us: white people, people of color who work with them/us, practitioners, clients, and more. In this presentation, Dr. Harvey will bring insights from her broader research to reflect on the ways understanding such patterns can help us identify shared tools and practices that can grow our collective capacity to create cultures of anti-racism and true equity in our public roles and professional environments—including in the terrain of public health.


Dr. Jennifer Harvey is a professor of religion at Drake University, where she also serves as Faculty Director for the Crew Scholars Program. She has a PhD in Christian Social Ethics from Union Theological Seminary in the City of New York. Her work focuses primarily on racial justice and white anti-racism. Her most recent books include Raising White Kids: Bringing Up Children in Racially Unjust America (Abingdon Press) and Dear White Christians: For Those Still Longing for Racial Reconciliation (Wm. B. Eerdmans). Dr. Harvey has published in a variety of public and academic venues, including the New York Times, CNN, and has been a guest on both Iowa Public Radio and several nationally-syndicated National Public Radio programs (including “It’s Been a Minute with Sam Sanders”). She is a widely sought after public speaker and is ordained in the American Baptist Churches (USA).

Sponsored by the CPH Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee

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