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Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D.

“Learning from Those We Were Taught to Look Down On”


Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D., former associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, is also the founder and now senior associate of the National SEED Project. McIntosh directs the Gender, Race, and Inclusive Education Project, which provides workshops on privilege systems, feelings of fraudulence, and diversifying workplaces, curricula, and teaching methods. 

McIntosh is widely known for her 1989 paper, White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack, as well as a book of 16 essays entitled, On Privilege, Fraudulence, and Teaching as Learning.

William Cross Jr. Lecture Series

“Which Side Are You On? Building Transformative Praxis In Revolutionary Times”

María Elena Torre, Ph.D.

María Elena Torre, Ph.D., is the founding Director of The Public Science Project and faculty member in critical social psychology and urban education at the Graduate Center of the City University of New York. She has been engaged in critical participatory action research nationally and internationally for more than 20 years with communities in neighborhoods, schools, prisons, and community-based organizations seeking structural justice. Her work introduced the concept of ‘participatory contact zones’ to collaborative research, and she continues to be interested in how democratic methodologies, radical inclusion, and praxis of solidarity can inform a public science for the public good


Rev. Sharon White-Harrigan, LMSW

Sharon White-Harrigan is the Executive Director of the Women’s Community Justice Association (WCJA), a gender-specific, trauma-informed, advocacy-for-justice agency that uplifts and amplifies the voices of women who are experts through their life experiences and efforts. She has worked in a range of direct service fields including re-entry, domestic violence, homelessness, mental health, and substance abuse. She has also worked on policy advocacy efforts and was a leader in the successful 10-year campaign to pass NY’s Domestic Violence Survivors Justice Act in 2019

#NCCEC21  |  February 11-12, 2021  |  Virtual

Last updated: 11/19/2020