Paula Dressel

Season 1, Episode 2

Episode Summary

On this episode we welcome Dr. Paula Dressel. 

Paula is the Vice President of JustPartners, Inc., and the former Director of Planning, Research, and Development at the Annie E. Casey Foundation. Paula’s first career was as a Professor of Sociology and an administrator at Georgia State University in Atlanta.  

Paula is an original member of the Race Matters Institute. Through the Race Matters Institute, she has teamed for more than 15 years to help advance the racial equity aspirations of organizations and networks across the United States.

In this episode she’ll share some insight on her phrase that racial equity is urgent life long work. 

She’ll speak the continual development of her own racial identity and how she  has tapped into both her own experiences as well as a wide array of external resources.

Resources Paula Mentions in this Episode Include: 

  1. Racial Formation

Racial Formation in the United States; Michael Omi, Howard Winant 

How Europe Under Developed Africa; Walter Rodney (Author) Angela Davis (Introduction by)

When Affirmative Action Was White; Ira Katznelson

Torn Apart: How the Child Welfare System Destroys Black Families–And How Abolition Can Build a Safer World; Dorothy Roberts

The Whiteness of Wealth: How the Tax System Impoverishes Black Americans–And How We Can Fix It; Dorothy A. Brown

  1. Whiteness

Critical White Studies; Richard Delgado et al.

The Making and Unmaking of Whiteness; Matt Wray (Editor) Eric Klinenberg (Editor) Irene J. Nexica (Editor) Birgit Brander Rasmussen (Editor)

  1. Race and Class

Dying of Whiteness: How the Politics of Racial Resentment Is Killing America’s Heartland; Jonathan M. Metzl

White Trash: The 400-Year Untold History of Class in America; Nancy Isenberg

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