- PHST P330-Spring 2017
- Thursday, 1- 3:40 p.m.
- Instructor: Michael Twyman
Race, Social Justice, and Philanthropy
This course focuses on issues related to race and social justice in the context of philanthropy. It is designed to equip students to be knowledgeable and aware of people’s biases based on race, culture, religion, age, gender identification, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, political ideology, and disability, and how these contribute to system racism, discrimination, and oppression.
- Examine the scientific and social origins of race and the evolution of racial classifications throughout human history.
- Compare and contrast the different racial/ethnic groups’ relationship to the dominant white culture in the United States and how it plays out in philanthropic decision making.
- Understand a various struggles and social movements by different groups to eliminate and dismantle racism, racial injustice and social oppression.
- Define and apply the meanings of concepts such as race, racism, ethnicity, discrimination, prejudice, oppression, subjugation, and implicit bias.
- Assess and evaluate the various systems and institutions which create and perpetuate various racialized policies, patterns, and practices that lead to social, political and economic disparities.
Seek to explore and answer some of these critical questions and more...
- What are the origins of racial classifications?
- How did race emerge as a social construct, and does it have any scientific basis?
- How does race play a role in how resources are allocated?
- How has philanthropy evolved along with the giving traditions of various radical and ethnic groups?
Explore your values
Students will have a chance to also explore their own personal values, beliefs, and behaviors that may limit their ability to practice their knowledge and skills of philanthropy to work with and serve people of diverse backgrounds, and particularly disadvantaged and oppressed persons and groups.
Dr. Michael R. Twyman, Ph.D.
Dr. Twyman is the executive director of OpportunINDY, a Collective Impact initiative that aims to improve the life outcomes of young black men in Indianapolis. Before recently returning to his hometown, he served as the director of the Institute on Race and Ethnicity at the University of Arkansas at Little Rock where he taught a course on race and racism in America.
Twyman was the founding director of grant programs in Indiana for the Nina Mason Pulliam Charitable Trust. He has an extensive career in philanthropic and nonprofit management, and served as a special assistant to Mayor Stephen Goldsmith for the City of Indianapolis, as well as vice president of Community Action of Greater Indianapolis. He has also worked in the private sector as an independent consultant in community and economic development.