Moving Beyond White Fragility

Real talk about race, for those who are really ready

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I facilitate live and online workshops geared toward white audiences on thinking about race in ways that produce real change.

Today Americans are restless for a more nuanced engagement with the subject of race, but are struggling with how and where to begin. Right and wrong have no real utility in these conversations, and guilt atrophies bona fide forward accomplishment. Still, I believe we are way past holding hands singing Kumbaya together as a present-day strategy to wholeness.

A need exists for both unity and cool heads, balanced with some brutal truths about our historic disregard for people who are not white. All my presentations come from within that sweet spot between the desire of our warm hearts, and the grisliness of our fully fleshed-out history.

Thank you for visiting my website. After you’ve perused a few essays and videos, contact me about leading a workshop in your community that makes a real difference.




Moving BEYOND White Fragility: Honest, Effective Conversations About Race

Moving BEYOND White Fragility: Honest, Effective Conversations About Race

Date October 6, 2021Time 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm America/New_YorkVenue Burchfield Penney Art Center

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Nanette has presented this frank and revealing workshop for grateful audiences at East Aurora Unitarian Universalist Church, Visual Studies Workshop (Rochester), the Pittsford (Rochester) PTSA, and for staff at Rochester Institute of Technology as an accredited Continui...



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“#Racial Learning Groups So White”

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What people are saying

Nanette’s Sunday session was really great! She doesn’t sugarcoat serious topics but still comes to the work with a generous spirit and enthusiasm for healthy cross-racial dialogue. Her advice to white allies is super concrete and applicable to everyday life. Highly recommended!