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Beyond Diversity: Challenging Racism in an Age of Backlash

Tim Wise photo 2.jpgThe Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology (GSEP) will host its sixth installment of the Dean's Distinguished Lecture Series (DDLS) with speaker Tim Wise, educator and author, White Like Me.

Tim Wise is among the most prominent anti-racist writers and educators in the United States. Wise, who was named one of “25 Visionaries Who are Changing Your World,” by Utne Reader in 2010, has spoken in all 50 states of the U.S., on more than 800 college and high school campuses, and to community groups across the nation. He has also lectured internationally in Canada and Bermuda on issues of comparative racism, race and education, racism and religion, and racism in the labor market.

Wise is the author of six books, including Dear White America: Letter to a New Minority and White Like Me (updated and re-released), both of which will be available for purchase and signing.

This lecture and Q&A will heighten the awareness of the harmful effects of racism and privilege. Wise will delineate the difference between individual prejudice and institutional bias and how stereotypes impact daily decision making.

As a Pepperdine student, faculty or guest, come learn actual strategies to implement within your clinical practice, educational institution, or employment setting. These topics are essential for creating equality in a multicultural competent society.

The lecture event will take place on Thursday, October 25, from 7-9 p.m. at the West Los Angeles Graduate Campus, Room 203. Admission is free, but space is limited. To RSVP, please

The lecture will also be broadcast to the Encino Campus (Room D) and Irvine Campus (Room 235).

About DDLS:
Generously sponsored by Mr. Don Rice and Dr. Susan Rice (EdD ’86), the Dean’s Distinguished Lecture Series brings leading agents of change to the Pepperdine University Graduate School of Education and Psychology to discuss the challenges and leadership opportunities in communities across the world and to support the GSEP mission of educating students to inspire lasting change in their own communities by leading lives of service, purpose and leadership. Dr. Rice is a member of the Pepperdine University Board of Regents and the director of the GSEP Board of Visitors.

Dr. Rhonda Brinkley-Kennedy (GSEP '96) is the director of the GSEP Urban Initiative, an umbrella program preparing education and mental health professionals to work effectively in underserved urban communities.