Breaking White Silence Project

About the Project

Breaking White Silence is a project of the Phinney Neighborhood Association. The primary purpose is to educate white people on the structures and patterns of racism, by forming free, facilitated study groups focused on reading and discussing Robin DiAngelo’s What Does It Mean to Be White?: Developing White Racial Literacy (Revised Edition)

The broader intention of these groups is to build a community of racially literate white people who can support each other’s ongoing learning and action toward the advancement of racial justice.

All Breaking White Silence groups are run with no charge to participants.  We have 50 copies of What Does It Mean to Be White? available to be borrowed from the PNA by study group participants for the duration of their group.

Upcoming Study Groups

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Further Resources

Community Events

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Facilitator Toolkit

Interested in becoming a facilitator? Explore the toolkit to learn more.


About the Breaking White Silence Affinity Group

The BWS Affinity Group serves as the steering committee for the Breaking White Silence project. This group is made up of  eight community members, including one PNA staff person, who work to educate themselves and do the work of interrupting racism through Breaking White Silence group and other activism in the community.

To reach out to the committee or to find out more about  please contact Cecily Kaplan at [email protected]