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 Information Session

Sunday, April 14
2-4 pm. Greenwood Library Community Room.

Discover what it means to be white and the ramifications of remaining silent in the face of injustice. We will focus on the history of the project as well as some core understandings about racism. It will include interactive conversation as well as information, time for questions, and a resources handout.

Everyone is welcome (no need to pre-register or RSVP).

Study Group Facilitator Training

Saturday, April 27
2 -4 pm. Greenwood Library Community Room       

Come to this training session if you are considering facilitating a study group of any size, in private or public settings.  If possible, please also attend the April 14 Introduction as a first step.  We ask you to RSVP (see below) and read through the Facilitator’s Toolkit before the training session, which you can download below.

Our session will be an interactive nuts-and-bolts training and assumes familiarity with the toolkit, as well as the project’s history and some core understandings about racism.

For more information or to RSVP for the training, please contact Cecily Kaplan at [email protected].


Further Resources

Community Events

Stay tuned! Have an event to recommend? Please email [email protected].

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]