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The Iterations

As our collection of audio clips grows, we have identified the following iterations to organize the collection. Each clip is rich with insights on a variety of topics and themes, so pay attention to the keywords to guide you to additional clips.

First Year

Started in spring 2016, “Interrupting Privilege” emerged after a successful lecture by UW Professor of Communication Ralina Joseph, titled “What’s the Difference with ‘Difference?’” This initiative was created in partnership with the UW Alumni Association to transition from outdated terms like “tolerance” and “diversity” to “difference” and “equity.” Dr. Joseph emphasizes the importance of collaborative, antiracist, and feminist spaces, rather than upholding singular figures, to truly foster change.

The program focuses on empowering students to actively listen and effectively interrupt behaviors such as microaggressions and colorblindness, with a strong emphasis on amplifying the voices of students of color through student facilitators who exemplify these skills.

First Time Experiencing Discrimination

In 2017, the CCDE partnered with StoryCorps to record stories of discrimination from community members, students, and stakeholders. These stories were shared with the public through a series of listening parties held throughout the 2017-2018 academic year.

Power of Storytelling

Reminisce how highschool and parental figures guided these 2 scholars to succeed through others life stories

Transforming Snow White

Recalls as a young child singing a Disney song at an assembly and being made fun of because she was a Black girl singing a Snow white song

Generation Mixed

In 2022, Washington State Public Schools reported a 177% increase in multiracial students over 15 years. Addressing the needs of these students is essential for creating inclusive educational environments as “generation mixed” enter schools.

Which Box Do I Check?

Mixed race students describe their experiences navigating their mixed identity in a world that constantly wants to figure them out or force them to choose only one.

Singling Out Mixed Kids

Mixed race students describe their experiences in school being the singled out and bearing the weight of expectations to speak on racial or cultural topics because of their “mixed-ness.”

Teaching Identity

Mixed race students discuss what they learn in school and the messages about identity they receive based on who and what teachers choose to prioritize in their lessons.

Black In Seattle

In 2019, the CCDE undertook a year-long study called “Interrupting Privilege” to explore the lived experiences of Black residents in Seattle, involving participants from diverse socioeconomic backgrounds and ages ranging from teenagers to those in their 70s.

Quarantining While Black

The dual pandemics of COVID-19 and systemic racism heavily impacted Black communities, especially after George Floyd’s murder highlighted structural inequities. Our “Quarantining while Black” initiative in Seattle and beyond focused on understanding these impacts through discussions on stressors, coping strategies, support sources, adaptation methods, community healing resources, and transformative ideas.

Prioritizing Self

Black grad student in dialogue with fellow Black grad student about needing to prioritize self in midst of disparities.

Black Women Expending Labor

Black grad student in dialogue with fellow Black grad student about being supported, having opportunities, but also experiencing increased demand for labor.

Resilience Through Resistance

The CCDE and Resilience Lab, recognizing increased stress from COVID-19 and racism, secured a Mind and Life Grant for a partnership between the Interrupting Privilege program and Be REAL. This collaboration merges mindfulness with critical race theory to tackle racial exhaustion and support communities against daily oppression.

Changing the Systems

In this clip, Dr. Joseph asks Dr. Duran to describe how they direct their anger and energy to create change toward systems.

Black Capitalism

In 2022, the CCDE collaborated with the Northwest African American Museum and the University of Washington’s Foster School of Business to discuss “Black Capitalism” with entrepreneurs, students, and community members.

Tracing the Roots of Capitalism

In this clip, Alex and Syreeta trace the roots of capitalism, a system of oppression built off the descendants of enslaved Africans.

Access and Black Capital

In this clip, listen as the daughter of the founder of the first Black banks and credit unions in Seattle discusses the motivations her father had for founding these institutions.

The Dual Pandemic

In 2022, the CCDE collaborated with UMAC and the University of Washington Libraries to document and disseminate stories from the COVID-19 pandemic and racial reckoning across UW campuses. Students, staff, and faculty engaged in radical listening to share their experiences.

COVID’s Impact on Family Time

In this clip, a mother and son discuss how COVID-19 changed how their family time looked and how differently they socialize now.

Interrupting Privilege At NAAM

Seattle in the Civil Rights Era

In this clip, a visitor to the Northwest African American Museum on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2024 shares her experience growing up in the Civil Rights Era in Seattle.

Both Sides of Being Black in Seattle

In this clip, a visitor to the Northwest African American Museum on Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day 2024 shares the negatives and positives of her experience being Black in Seattle.