“White Work 2.0” - June 2021 Race Relations Webinar


You’re invited to a Virtual Roundtable Discussion on Friday, June 25 at 12:00 pm EDT.

This is a Free Webinar Event, hosted by the Office of Race Relations, The Office of Diversity and in partnership with the Antioch Podcast. In our panel’s conversation we’ll explore the reflections of the panel as they talk about their own whiteness and ways they see it projected in their work and culture amid shifting racial demographics and attitudes.

“White Work 2.0 - Talking about Whiteness and Rightness”

This engaging discussion will be a Q&A session with a panel of White Anti-Racism Allies. Rev. Reggie Smith and Dr. Michelle Loyd-Paige will moderate this webinar and ask the five panelists questions to provoke their personal reflections on the influence of their whiteness in the workplace, in worship, and in the culture.

Click here to register for this FREE webinar and please share the link with any interested colleagues you know.

About the panelists:

  • Eric Nykamp, LMSW - Producer of the Antioch Podcast for Preach Sista!  He lives and works in Grand Rapids (Mich.) as an Individual and Group Therapist.
  • Libby Huizenga, MDiv - Public Theologian and undercover social justice warrior disguised as a mild-mannered professor and research librarian at Kuyper College in Grand Rapids (Mich.).
  • Joseph Kuilema PhD - Assistant Professor of Global Development Studies and Social Work at Calvin University. One of his many research interests concerns how faith and theology intersect with professional value statements like the Natl. Assoc. of Social Workers code of ethics.
  • Stacia Hoeksema LMSW - Assistant Professor of Social Work at Calvin University. One of her research interests is Christian community development in urban settings.
  • Melissa Stek, MSW - Copywriter on policy advocacy and Antiracism Facilitator with As I Am Consulting. Previously, Melissa served as legislative staff in the US House of Representatives and as Justice Mobilizer for the CRC Office of Social Justice. 

About the moderators:

  • Rev. Reggie Smith - serves as the Director for the CRC Office of Diversity. He served as Director of the Offices of Race Relations and Social Justice from 2016 to 2020, and was pastor of Roosevelt Park CRC in Grand Rapids (Mich.) from 1994 to 2015.
  • Dr. Michele Loyd-Paige - is the Executive Associate to the President for Diversity and Inclusion (EAPDI) and holds an appointment of Professor of Sociology at Calvin University.

Join us online Friday, June 25, 2021 from 12:00 to 1:30 pm EDT

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* This is a registered event (a unique Zoom link will be sent to you before the event)


Here are some suggested readings we’ve given to the panel and have based some core questions on. Feel free to preview the material and prepare yourself:

  • Document of characteristics of white supremacy culture that show up in our organizations (from dRworks - a group of trainers, educators and organizers working to build strong progressive anti-racist organizations and institutions).
  • PEW research article from 2018 about Christianity in a global context.
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