The MGH partnered with colleagues from the Partners HealthCare Office for Diversity and Inclusion to bring Robin DiAngelo, PhD, author of The New York Times bestseller, “White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard For White People To Talk About Racism,” to speak to staff Feb. 10. DiAngelo is an affiliate associate professor of Education at the University of Washington focusing on Whiteness Studies and Critical Discourse Analysis. 

The talk was part of the Insight into Identities Series, which took place at Partners Assembly Row and was livestreamed to MGH employees. Following DiAngelo’s presentation was a facilitated discussion and workshop moderated by Karey Kenst, of the MGH Health Policy Research Center; Deb Washington, RN, PhD, director of Diversity for Nursing & Patient Care Services; and Gaurdia Banister, RN, PhD, executive director for the MGH Institute for Patient Care.

“This was a wonderful opportunity for the MGH community to not only hear Dr. Robin DiAngelo speak on this topic, but also an opportunity to take some time to reflect on our own actions and how we can better participate in what can often be a difficult and painful dialogue,” says Aswita Tan-McGrory, administrative director of The Mongan Institute and director of the MGH Disparities Solutions Center.

The MGH will host its next Stand Against Racism event in April. More details will be shared throughout the next few months.