CSUSM¿s 10th Annual Whiteness Forum Explores Race, Power and Privilege, Friday, Dec. 5


Media Contact: Margaret Lutz | mlutz@csusm.edu

On Friday, Dec. 5 California State University San Marcos (CSUSM) Communication Department will host the 10th Annual Whiteness Forum, a culminating project for students in the course “Communicating Whiteness” taught by Professor Dreama Moon. The event will take place in Commons 206 from noon to 2 p.m.

Later in the evening, the Communication Department will also present a conversation with scholars titled “Color-Blindness and the Post-Racism Era: The Continuing (In)significance of Race,” from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Arts Building, room 240. 

“The Whiteness Forum and conversation with scholars are opportunities for us to look critically at ideology and everyday practices of whiteness as a way of understanding racism in the United States,” said Moon.

Both events are free and open to the public.

About the Whiteness Forum

During the event students will present tabletop posters in groups related to some aspect of whiteness and its effects on American society. This year, some of the student forum topics will poke holes in the myth that race has an impact on athletic achievement, analyze how the U.S. criminal justice system has a bias against non-whites, and question how private schools drain resources from public schools.

Attendees are welcome to walk from booth to booth to examine the presentations, many of which will include multi-media elements, and speak directly to the students about their work and their class experience.

About the Conversation with Scholars, “Color-Blindness and the Post-Racism Era: The Continuing (In)significance of Race”

In celebration of the Whiteness Forum’s tenth anniversary, the communication department will also host a special conversation with CSUSM and visiting scholars: Thomas K. Nakayama (Northeastern University), Lisa A. Flores (University of Colorado), Sharon Elise (CSUSM), Vincent Pham (CSUSM) and Dreama Moon (CSUSM).


Who: CSUSM “Communication 454: Communicating Whiteness” students, Thomas K. Nakayama (Northeastern University), Lisa A. Flores (University of Colorado), Sharon Elise (CSUSM), Vincent Pham (CSUSM) and Dreama Moon (CSUSM)

What: CSUSM’s 10th Annual Whiteness Forum and Conversation with Scholars

When: The Whiteness Forum will take place on Thursday, Dec. 5 from noon to 2:30 p.m. in the Commons Building, room 206, with the Conversation with Scholars taking place later that evening from 5:30 to 8 p.m. in the Arts Building, room 240.

Where: California State University San Marcos, 333 S. Twin Oaks Valley Rd., San Marcos

For more information on parking and directions, visit www.csusm.edu/guide.

Why: The Whiteness Forum is the culminating project of the CSUSM class, “Communication 454: Communicating Whiteness” and seeks to explore race, power and privilege in America.

About California State University San Marcos

California State University San Marcos combines the ambiance of a mid-sized, personal, modern campus with the unequaled value of the California State University. Since its founding in 1989, the campus has distinguished itself by providing its students the latest facilities and equipment, a superb faculty, and a rigorous academic program that prepares students for a success in the classroom and the workplace.  A recent survey reported that annual spending in the region was nearly $190 million, generating a total impact of roughly $230 million on the regional economy. Over 85 percent of CSUSM alumni remain in the region fueling the local workforce. Situated on a 304-acre hillside overlooking the city of San Marcos, the campus is located 15 miles east of the coast, and 30 miles north of downtown San Diego.