CSU, Chico News

Anti-racist Activist and Author Tim Wise Brings Message to Chico

Date: 11-19-2010

Kathleen McPartland
Public Affairs
Tray Robinson,
University Diversity Programs

Tim Wise, author of “White Like Me: Reflections on Race from a Privileged Son,” will be coming to California State University, Chico on Tuesday, Nov. 30, courtesy of the Office of Diversity and University Staff Development. He will speak on racism, white denial and the cost of inequality to the society.

The event, which is free and open to the public, will begin at 3 p.m. in the Bell Memorial Union Auditorium.

Anti-racist writer and educator Tim Wise has taken racial issues head-on, spending his professional career speaking about matters, such as white privilege, that are seldom talked about publically. Wise has traveled extensively in the United States, speaking in 49 states and visiting over 600 campuses. Wise has also spoken internationally in Canada and Bermuda about topics such as race and racism, education and religion.

In addition to his speaking engagements, Wise has also taught at Smith College School for Social Work in Northampton, Mass., educating master’s students on racism in the United States. From 1999 to 2003, Wise also served as an advisor to the Fisk University Race Relations Institute.

Wise has also worked closely with journalists to help them eliminate racial bias in their reporting. For his many efforts, Wise was recently included in the “Top 25 Visionaries Who Are Challenging Your World” by Utne Reader.

The Office of Diversity at CSU, Chico is dedicated to providing a welcoming environment where students, faculty and staff are included in campus events and activities to ensure their success. Its aim is to foster a climate that acknowledges and celebrates peoples’ differences.