As part of the CH mission to raise critical awareness, promote healing, and find solutions to colorism through creative and critical work, I also provide offline professional development, training, and workshops for educators, faculty, staff, administration, and students and their families.
Colorism Trainings, Talks, & Workshops:
- Colorism 101: How to Identify, Address, and Prevent Colorism in Schools
- Beyond “Light Skin vs. Dark Skin”: A Path to Colorism Healing
- ReVision: A Colorism Healing Workshop
“We invited Sarah Webb to lead a workshop on colorism as part of a professional development series about culturally responsive teaching for middle and high school teachers. Professor Webb’s workshop incited crucial conversations about how our lives are saturated by colorism and the intersecting issues of race, class, and gender. Professor Webb offers helpful frameworks that are grounded in research, and she uses the arts to humanize the conversation. I have rarely been in a professional conversation about such difficult subject matter that felt so honest and transforming for everyone involved.” —Dr. Anna West, High School Teacher, Founder of Humanities Amped
“Sarah came to Humes and did exactly what I figured she would, encouraged thought provoking conversations between staff that directly impacted their thought patterns when confronting the diversity of our students. Then, she came in the classroom and did the same thing with our students.” —Dr. John Crutchfield, School Principal
“Sarah Webb presented at a district-wide professional learning community on culturally responsive pedagogy. Sarah’s interactive facilitation engaged participants in a rich, reflective discussion, and she provided practical resources to address colorism in the classroom. Sarah’s expertise is invaluable for professional development focused on promoting inclusive learning environments.” —Alejandra Torres, Humanities Amped Coordinator
“What I liked about Sarah’s presentation was that she presented why it was important to her, while making it relevant and relatable for everyone. The dialogue that it inspired was beautiful and healing.” —Shamaka Schumake, Author and Community Organizer
“Discourse on race in America rarely considers the nuances of colorism. If we are going to move the race conversation forward in this country, colorism cannot be ignored, and Sarah Webb’s workshop is a perfect launch. Her workshop was equally refreshing and discomforting, as all meaningful work around race is, as it caused me to confront my own internalized biases associated with color within a group who, collectively, uncovered associations of safety or violence with particular shades. Throughout this difficult but enlightening workshop, Sarah maintained a challenging but nonthreatening space for each person to participate.” —Destiny Cooper, High School Teacher, Humanities Amped Lead Teacher
“Sarah L. Webb’s presentation on Colorism at 7 Minute Sundays recently was incredibly informative. What I mean to say is , although I know what Colorism is, Sarah brought to light several nuances of this ism that I was unaware is consistently at work in our world. For example, just how often the negativities about skin color are rolled out and reinforced in the media. Or, how many positive reinforcements it would take to effectively cancel out the negatives. More importantly, I learned how I can contribute to this undoing. This presentation is extremely valuable and important to the empowerment of people of color.” —Jacquelyn Brown, Founder & Host of 7 Minute Sundays
Email me at Sarah@ColorismHealing.org
Sarah L. Webb is a Ph.D. candidate in English who studies intersections of race, gender, literacy, and technology.
In 2013, Sarah founded the website Colorism Healing through which she hosts annual writing contests, publishes books, and provides information and resources related to colorism.
She has been a professional writer, teacher, and mentor since 2007, working in a range of industries such as universities, non-profits, small businesses, K-12 public education, magazines, and TV news. Her writing has appeared in numerous places online and in print.
Sarah has also been featured on radio stations WBEZ 91.5 Chicago Public Radio and KCEB 88.1 in Las Vegas. In 2016 she cohosted the Black Weblog Awards. You can also find Sarah’s work on the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance blog. Sarah has spoken and presented to audiences of various sizes at local and national conferences, events, and schools.
- Colorism Healing Writing Contest (January 1 – April 30)
- Freshhh Heat Feature (Baton Rouge, LA, December 6, 2017)
- 7 Minute Sundays Featured Guest (Baton Rouge, LA, December 3, 2017)
- Eclectic Truth Poetry Slam and Open Mic Featured Guess (Baton Rouge, LA, November 7, 2017)
- Book Release Virtual Party! for Colorism Essays and Poems (YouTube Live, November 5, 2017)
- Louisiana Book Festival (Baton Rouge, LA, October 28th, 2017)
- “Shades of Her” documentary screening & panel discussion (Baton Rouge, LA, October 8, 2017)
- East Baton Rouge Parish School System District Wide Professional Learning Community (Baton Rouge, LA, October 4, 2017)
- National Association of Social Workers (Jackson, MS, August 10, 2017)
- IWE Festival (Baton Rouge, LA, June 10, 2017)
- Colorism Healing Writing Workshop (Baton Rouge, LA, June 3, 2017)
- National Association of Social Workers (NASW), How Colorist Micro-aggressions Have Eluded Social Work (Biloxi, MS, March 2017)
- 7 Minute Sundays, Colorism Healing: A Reading and Dialogue (Baton Rouge, LA, March 2017)
- Stonecatchers: Conversations for Change (Baton Rouge, LA, January 2017)
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), Colorism in Police Killings of Unarmed African Americans (Atlanta, GA, November 2016)
- National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE), UnFair: Shakespeare in the Classroom and Persistent Stereotypes about Black Women (Atlanta, GA, November 2016)
- Blogging While Brown, Cohosting Black Weblog Awards (Washington DC, July 2016)
- Community Literacy Circles for Colorism Healing: Workshop with High School Students (Baton Rouge, LA, April 2016)
- Implicit Bias in Healthcare: Guest Lecture at Louisiana State University (Baton Rouge, LA, February 2016)
- Colorism in Schools: Classroom Workshop with Middle School Students (Memphis, TN, January 2016)
- Colorism in Schools: Professional Development for Middle School Faculty and Staff (Memphis, TN, January 2016)
- Council on Social Work Education (CSWE), “Fulfilling the Ethical Standard of Cultural Competence by Understanding Colorism”: Conference Presentation at the National Council on Social Work Education (Denver, CO, October 2015)