HHMI IE, Inclusive Excellence, Equity, Cultural Awareness
Race, Ethnicity and Post-Colonial Studies | Social Justice
What does it mean to be white? Whiteness, as with all other races, is a social construct. There is nothing that inherently identifies a person as white, yet when we use the word, we have a certain collective understanding of what it means. Whiteness has generally been associated with people of European origin but has not always collectively represented all Europeans. There are other ethnic groups with light-colored skin who are labeled white in some context but not others. So, what makes a person white and what does this mean in our society?
Inclusive Science Initiative Program, "Exploring Cultural Awareness: Whiteness" (2020). Inclusive Science Initiative Program. 25.