Consultant for Organizational Change
Specializing in Issues of Diversity and White Privilege

Books by Frances E. Kendall

Understanding White Privilege:
© 2012, Routledge; 2 edition

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Knowingly and unknowingly, we all grapple with race every day. Understanding White Privilege delves into the complex interplay between race, power, and privilege in both organizations and private life.

It offers an unflinching look at how ignorance can perpetuate privilege, and offers practical and thoughtful insights into how people of all races can work to break this cycle.

Drawing from thirty years of work in diversity and colleges, universities, and corporations, Frances Kendall candidly invites readers to think personally about how race - theirs and others' - frames experiences and relationships, focusing squarely on white privilege and its implications for building authentic relationships across race.

"Frances E. Kendall has accomplished what few writers and thinkers on the issue of white privilege have. On the one hand, she offers us a scholarly and analytically compelling volume, filled with examples of how white privilege operates and how it can be attacked, while on the other, she willingly examines her own personal experiences as a white woman in a culture where whiteness still pays enormous dividends. This is a must-read for persons seeking to undo systems of privilege and oppression."
—Tim Wise, author of White Like Me: Reflections from A Privileged
  Son, and Affirmative Action: Racial Preference in Black and White

"In this path–breaking book, Frances Kendall asks of white people no more than she has required of herself—to work on oneself to acknowledge, understand, and triumph over one,s white skin privilege. This is a truly important book that has the potential not only to transform individual lives, but to alter, for the better, our organizations and institutions."
—Johnetta B. Cole, President, Bennett College for Women

"Frances Kendall skillfully builds on the last two decades' growing awareness of white privilege in the U.S. and the world. Kendall does not spare herself in writing about privilege systems that have benefited her. She intersperses accounts of her white experiences with penetrating analysis of the unjust racial systems they illustrate. Humane and persistent, she has brought greater racial clariy to many consulting clients and schools over the years. Now this book will extend the range and influence of her intelligence and insight."
—Peggy McIntosh, author of
White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack

Diversity in the Classroom  (Second Edition)
©1996, Teachers College Press

Front cover of Diversity in the Classroom

The first edition of this book was introduced more than a decade ago.  In those ten years, the complexion of the United States has begun to change with the arrival of many immigrants, and as a country, we have continued to struggle over the issues of racism, sexism, and so on.

The 1996 edition of Diversity in the Classroom builds on the theories presented in the first edition.   Frances Kendall addresses many aspects of antibias education -focusing particularly on the teacher's role as an agent of change.   Kendall promotes teachers' self-awareness and provides guidelines for setting up multi-cultureal environments and curricula.   Two appendixes provide bibliographies of books to increase awareness in both adult and children.

Reviews from Amazon:
"Frances wrote a very thought provoking book. I was ready for someone to start yelling about racism and how White people are racist. However, she was thoughtful and through. She not only looked at the historic prospective, but the problems of today. In addition, she gave solutions and not just problems."
—Teacher on Frances Kendall's Understanding White Privilege:
Creating Pathways to Authentic Relationships Across Race

"This is book should be mandatory reading for all white people in an increasingly diverse world. The issue of white privilege impacts most aspects of life among blacks and whites, and whites and other races. Understanding White Privilege identifies the major issues association with this important topic in a very personal way. It is a must read."
—James Lane, Columbia, SC

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