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Talk to focus on developing non-racist white identity

by Jeanne Baron

Aug. 31, 2011 | WMU News

Photo of Dr. James Croteau, WMU.
BATTLE CREEK, Mich.--A licensed professional counselor from Western Michigan University will continue discussing "The Journey Toward a Non-racist White Identity in the United States" during a presentation Thursday, Sept. 8, in Battle Creek.

The free, public talk by Dr. James Croteau, professor of counselor education and counseling psychology, is set for 9 to 11 a.m. in the Kendall Center, WMU's regional location in Battle Creek, 50 W. Jackson St.

The talk will continue to "explore the issues white people go through as they 'encounter' people of color and work toward racial healing." The event is part two of a discussion Croteau began on the same topic in June.

As with the first installment, part two is being presented by the Calhoun Race Impact Alliance and sponsored by the Battle Creek-based National Resource Center for Racial Healing. Light refreshments will be served. Seating is limited, so those planning to attend are encouraged to reserve a seat by calling (269) 963-9450.

Croteau specializes in race and racism as they relate to white Americans and in lesbian, gay and bisexual issues. He has written dozens of scholarly articles and book chapters, and he has served on editorial boards for the Journal of Counseling and Development, Journal of Vocational Behavior, and the Counseling Psychologist.

In addition to being a WMU faculty member, Croteau is a practicing counselor as well as a fellow of the American Psychological Association's Society of Counseling Psychology and Society for the Psychological Study of Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Issues.

The National Resource Center for Racial Healing is a not-for-profit organization that focuses on creating a society that embraces the reality of the oneness of humankind, and the eradication of racism and its many forms that dehumanize or cause strife. For more information about the organization or upcoming events, visit or call (269) 963-9450.