'The Urgency of Now and the Role of White People in Racial Justice Work'

Luther College presents Heather Hackman

Heather Hackman will give the lecture, "The Urgency of Now and the Role of White People in Racial Justice Work," at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, March 4, in Valders 206. Hackman's lecture, intended to begin the dialogue about how white people can be agents of change in social justice work, is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Her visit is sponsored by the Dean's Office, the Luther College Diversity Center and the Center for Sustainable Communities. Staff and faculty workshops will be held the next day in conjunction with the lecture.

Hackman's lecture will address prevalent social justice issues in the current racial climate, and suggest ways white people can get involved. She will offer information, insights, examples and personal stories from 25 years of work and training in social justice on a variety of levels. The lecture is open to the public with no charge for admission.

Hackman received her doctorate in social justice education from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst in 2000. She has taught at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Westfield State College, Springfield College, Hamline University, University of St. Thomas and St. Cloud State University where she was a professor of Human Relations and Multicultural Education for 12 years before she turned her focus to consulting.

Founded by Hackman in 2005, Hackman Consulting Group works across the nation with companies and educational institutions on issues such as deep diversity, equity and social justice. Her focus is on white privilege and racism, gender oppression, heterosexism, homophobia and classism.

Hackman is a published author in social justice education theory and practice, and racism in healthcare. She is in the process of writing a book examining issues of race, racism and whiteness in education. 

In 2009, Hackman was awarded a Research Fellowship with the Great Place to Work Institute. She has been the president of Minnesota's chapter of the National Association for

Multicultural Education, and is on the board of Rainbow Families. Since 2012, Hackman has been a member of the advisory council for the White Privilege Conference.

A national liberal arts college with an enrollment of 2,050, Luther offers an academic curriculum that leads to the Bachelor of Arts degree in more than 60 majors and pre-professional programs. For more information about Luther visit the college's website: http://www.luther.edu.