Unpacking Whiteness and Undermining Racism

Looking Back and Marching Forward

This five-part webinar series covers a range of critical aspects of structural racism.

Unpacking Whiteness and Undermining Racism




Tuesdays, 7pm-8:30pm PT


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This five-part webinar series co-hosted by Inceptive and Symbio is about things most of us never learned in school; things we all need to understand if we want to help create a nation that is more socially just. It’s about shining some light on one of the primary pillars of racism in this country: the concept of Whiteness.

It’s about taking a few hours to better understand how light-skinned people of diverse national and ethnic origins came to see themselves as belonging to a common racial group and how that newly created racial identity formed the basis for brutal oppressive practices that have spanned four centuries. Most importantly this webinar series is about creating a basis of understanding to support effective anti-racism.

We are going to focus on 'White history', not the history of the enslaved, but the history of the enslavers. The psychology that allows for enslaving others on such a level and the economic, political and social systems that have enabled and resulted from the practice of institutional racism.

Only 12 spots available.

What you will learn

We will be reading and viewing important information and then engaging in open, honest and constructive conversation.  The instructors are two psychologists of disparate personal backgrounds who have each spent decades engaged with the topics the webinar series will cover.


Michael Connor, PhD

Dr. Connor holds a Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from the University of Hawaii.  He is a lecturer, the author of numerous publications, conducts many workshops in his areas of expertise and is active in a variety of community affairs and programs. Dr. Connor was one of the founding members of the Black Caucus of the American Psychological Association and has mentored a number of younger psychologists who are now drivers in the work toward racial-cultural justice within the field of psychology. His scholarly and community work on Black fatherhood has made a lasting impact on countless individuals, families and institutions.

Dr. Connor retired in 2019 after nearly 40 years of clinical practice, authorship, university and graduate instruction and community activism. He returned to his native Hawaii last year where he now works on developing and conducting empowerment training programs for “students of color” preparing to matriculate on U.S. college campuses.

Lele Diamond, PsyD, MFT

Dr. Diamond holds a doctorate in clinical psychology from California School of Professional Psychology at Alliant International University and a masters in counseling psychology from California Institute of Integral Studies. She brings extensive experience in child development and individual and couple mental health to her work with adults, couples and families; her clinical expertise with children ranges from toddlerhood through the teenage years. She co-founded Symbio Inc, with her wife and partner, Noelle Cochran in 2007.

Dr. Diamond's doctoral research focused on diversity issues in the clinical relationship. She spent her doctoral internship at Child Trauma Research Program, UCSF Department of Psychiatry, San Francisco General Hospital. In addition to her role as a developmental consultant and a psychotherapist, Lele works with families, treatment centers, schools and physicians locally and across the country to improve service accessibility and promote inclusion of diverse populations.

Intended audience

This webinar series is open to singles, teenagers, and parents who have grown kids are not thinking as parents primarily but as citizens.

The class will address material that is often new for white people but that many people of color have learned in their communities.  However,  the class is open students of all backgrounds.  Participants should be prepared to engage in safe, respectful and difficult considerations for the sake of justice and should be willing to embrace some discomfort for the sake of growth.

This class is not for those who believe being uncomfortable is the same as being unsafe.  It is not for those who are looking to cast blame.  It is not for those who prefer easy answers to actionable truth.

How much does this webinar cost?

The fee for this webinar series is based on a sliding scale: $150 - $300 for all 5 sessions. No one will be turned away due to inability to pay. Rather than paying for the course directly, registrants are asked to donate course fees to one or more social justice organizations from a list provided by the organizers.

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