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Welcome to Reflective Justice

Building Communities of Mutual Liberation

Our vision of professional development is about promoting institutional environments where white people can move beyond their fears and join with black, indigenous, people of color (BIPOC) in the work of reflective justice, an essential element of our mutual liberations. In short, our work is about decentering whiteness in institutional spaces so everyone can thrive. 

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About Reflective Justice

Our Approach

Since 2013, we have been building more equitable communities in higher education and nonprofit organizations through our method of deep reflection about the complex histories of injustice that continue to organize our work lives, project development that encourages participants to think about themselves as equity-driven leaders, and strategic planning to build equity into the structures the institution itself.

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Why Focus on Decentering Whiteness?

Ideologies of whiteness structure the social, economic, and political life of the United States. Because these oppressive structures are often unseen by white people, they also go unquestioned. Justice requires seeing and dismantling racist structures. And for that, we need to reflect on who we are and what roles play in upholding these structures. Decentering whiteness is the first step in dismantling racialized oppression and creating more humane working enviroments for all people.


Lisa Anderson-Levy, Ph.D.

Dr. Lisa Anderson-Levy is Professor of Anthropology and affiliated faculty in Critical Identity Studies and Co-PI of the Mellon-funded Decolonizing Pedagogies Project at Beloit College. Publications include “Colliding/Colluding Identities: Race, Class, and Gender in Jamaican Family Systems,” An(Other) Ethnographic Dilemma: Subjectivity and the Predicament of ‘Studying Up,’ and “The End(s) of Difference? Towards an Understanding of the “Post” in Post-Racial.”

Catherine M. Orr, Ph.D.

Dr. Catherine M. Orr is Professor and Chair of Critical Identity Studies and Co-PI of the Mellon-funded Decolonizing Pedagogies Project at Beloit College. Her scholarly work has appeared in Feminist Studies, Women's Studies Quarterly, Hypatia, Atlantis, NWSA Journal, and Souls. She is co-editor of Rethinking Women's and Gender Studies (volumes 1 and 2) as well as co-author of Everyday Women's and Gender Studies: Introductory Concepts, all published by Routledge. She has served in numerous positions on the board of the National Women's Studies Association. Catherine is also a facilitator for Witnessing Whiteness, an active member in her kid's PTO, a runner, and an enthusiastic supporter of local artists.