Session 3: Seize the Courage to Deconstruct White Male Privilege

Deconstructing White Male Privilege does not mean deconstructing White men!  In this highly interactive session, Dr. Allen and Dr. Maier (aka, Quaylan and Mark) will engage participants in a dialogue on what, exactly we mean when we speak of  “White Male Privilege,” and examine its consequences for men and women of all races and ethnicities (including White males).  The same structures that privilege White males in some ways also create unexamined liabilities for them in others, in particular where effective leadership is concerned. The session will conclude with exploring strategies for confronting and deconstructing White male privilege to the benefit of all organizational participants by blending social justice/social equity perspectives (“doing what’s right”) with a self-interest point of view (“what’s in it for me/WIIFM”). 

Learning Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will:

  • Recognize what White Male Privilege is and how it can be invisible in everyday life to those who have it

  • Distinguish White Male Privilege from the experiences of those who do not have it

  • Identify how everyday organizational practices are “gendered” in the form of Corporate Masculinity (reflecting White male privilege)

  • Explain the stake White males have in challenging a system that (ostensibly and actually) favors and benefits them.

  • Begin identifying action strategies -- personal and collective -- to challenge White Male Privilege for the benefit of everyone (including White men)


Date:  May 9, 2017

Time:  8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. (continental breakfast served at 7:45 am)

Location: Nordstrom Flagship Store, Seattle

                  1617 6th Avenue

                  5th Floor, J.W. Nordstrom Meeting Room

Presenters: Dr. Quaylan Allen and Dr. Mark Maier

About the Presenters.  Dr. Allen and Dr. Maier are colleagues in the College of Educational Studies at Chapman University in Orange, California, where Quaylan serves as a core faculty member in the undergraduate Integrated Educational Studies (IES) program and Mark serves as the faculty coordinator of the university-wide Leadership Studies (LEAD) minor, in addition to teaching in its Masters in Leadership Development (MLD) Program. 

Dr. Quaylan Allen received his Ph.D. in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies from Arizona State University, with an emphasis in the Social and Philosophical Foundations of Education.  An accomplished scholar in the field of educational equity with a reputation among students for his caring and innovative teaching, Dr. Allen’s areas of research and consulting expertise include the construction of Black masculinities in schools and the workplace, educational equity for Black middle-class males in urban and suburban schools, the social mobility of straight and LGBTQ Black males, and the role of visual and digital media to promote learning in youth. 


He teaches courses on the sociology of race, class, gender, sexuality, and ability; the sociology of education; and qualitative research.  His recent writing includes articles about manhood and masculinity among black fathers and their sons, balancing “school and cool” among black middle-class students, and a framework for thinking and talking about race with teachers.


Outside of the classroom, Dr. Allen has served as a Faculty Facilitator for Chapman’s annual Next Step Social Justice Retreat, a 3-day weekend program that prepares a diverse group of college students from all majors to actively engage in anti-bias work and become better allies and agents of social change in their communities.  He has worked for a variety of educational and non-profit organizations, universities and K-12 schools, including coordinating community education for a non-profit that partnered with Olympic athletes to deliver health and fitness programs in elementary schools.  He served as program director for an NSF funded project to engage teenage girls of color in social justice research using digital technologies, and has also guided programs that provide tutoring and mentoring assistance to Black male high school students and their families to advance to college.  He has consulted with both public and charter schools to advance the academic development and college readiness of underrepresented students.   He sits on the board of the influential academic journal, Urban Education. He is best known internationally for his video-based pedagogical documentary and training module, A Major Malfunction: The story Behind the Space Shuttle Challenger Disaster (1992), which was adopted by use by nearly 1,000 colleges, universities, and organizations in 23 countries.


Dr. Mark Maier is the founding chair of the award-winning leadership programs at Chapman University, following his role in creating one of the first academic leadership programs in the nation at SUNY (Binghamton) in 1988.   He received his Ph.D. in Social Organization and Social Change from Cornell University in 1986, with emphases in Gender Equity, Industrial and Labor Relations and the Psychology of Education. He has received numerous awards for his teaching and scholarship (e.g., Woodrow Wilson Fellowship, GTE Lectureship in Technology and Ethics, Distinguished Educator Award from the Organizational Behavior Teaching Society), has consulted with NBC News, PBS, the Discovery Channel, MS/NBC, the BBC and been cited in such national publications as The New York Times, The L.A. Times, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and The Chicago Sun-Times.  His areas of leadership and organization development consulting expertise include servant leadership, corporate masculinity, diversity and inclusion in organizations, communication and ethical decision-making, and team development. 


Over the course of his 35 year career in academia, Dr. Maier has presented dozens of diversity-related workshops at the regional, national and international levels, written on the white male stake in addressing gender and diversity issues, served as chair of the male-female relationships taskforce of the pro-feminist/LGBTQ-affirmative National Organization for Men Against Sexism (1985-87), was active in the Women in Management/Gender and Diversity in Organizations Division of the Academy of Management (1987-1999; Executive Committee, 1995-98), served as a gender equity consultant and workshop designer/facilitator for Price-Waterhouse/Canada (1994-95) and - from 2003-2007 - directed Chapman’s Human Diversity (“Valuing Differences in American Society”) Curriculum in General Education.  He currently serves on the Faculty Diversity and Inclusion Committee at Chapman University, where he is involved in developing workshops to recognize and overcome unconscious bias in the classroom.  He has created and delivered leadership development programs for numerous private and public sector clients, including the Orange County Human Relations Commission, the County of Orange (O.C. Leadership Academy, 2004—2014), several city jurisdictions, Gulfstream, 3M, Boeing, the Bombardier/Learjet National Safety Standdown, the Pacific Northwest Aviation Safety Administration, the USAF Space & Missile Systems Center (Civilian Leadership Development Program, 2014 – Present), and the Internal Revenue Service/Department of Treasury (Executive Readiness Program, 2002-Present)


Together, Quaylan and Mark are dedicated to promoting a recognition of the social construction of human differences and challenging the systemic structures of power that confer unearned privileges – and unexamined liabilities (personal and professional) – on white males in our society.  Their collaboration enables participants to explore their shared responsibility for supporting one another at the nexus of self-interest and social justice to promote positive personal, organizational and social change and transformation.


NWDLS is Managed by:  The Institute for Sustainable Diversity and Inclusion (ISDI)


ISDI is a non-profit organization established for the purpose of educating, supporting and collaborating with key stakeholders on ways to leverage differences and practice inclusion to enhance individual and organizational success.  


ISDI was founded in 2015 and assumed the management of the Northwest Diversity Learning Series in 2016, formerly managed by Archbright. Barbara Deane, the original NW Series co-founder, and Effenus Henderson, retired Chief Diversity Officer, Weyerhaeuser are the co-founders and directors of the Institute.  This is the 19th year of the NWDLS!


Remaining Sessions in 2017:


(Please note: the titles may shift slightly as we work with presenters.)


Session 4:  Seize the Courage to TRANSform Our Ideas of Gender Identities in the Workplace. Tuesday, June 20


Session 5:  Seize the Courage: Move from Assumptions to Understanding in A Multi-Generational Workplace. Tuesday, September 19

Session 6:  Seize the Courage to Respond to the Context of Racial Inequality. Monday, October 30