North Dakota United is proud to offer three separate book studies focused on racial and social justice. For more information and to register, please click on the book title.

The Price of Privilege: How Parental Pressure and Material Advantage Are Creating a Generation of Disconnected and Unhappy Kids by Madeline Levine book study begins June 29th.

How to Teach Students Who Don’t Look Like You: Culturally Relevant Teaching Strategies by Bonnie M. Davis begins September 21st.

White Fragility:  Why It’s So Hard for White People to Talk About Racism by Robin DiAngelo book study begins August 3rd.

The Price of Privilege examines how in recent years, numerous studies have shown that bright, charming, seemingly confident and socially skilled teenagers from affluent, loving families are experiencing epidemic rates of depression, substance abuse, and anxiety disorders – rates higher than in any other socioeconomic group of American adolescents. Materialism, pressure to achieve, perfectionism, and disconnection are combining to create a perfect storm that is devastating children of privilege and their parents alike. In this eye-opening, provocative, and essential book, clinical psychologist Madeline Levine explodes one child-rearing myth after another. With empathy and candor, she identifies toxic cultural influences and well-intentioned but misguided parenting practices that are detrimental to a child’s healthy self-development. Her thoughtful, practical advice provides solutions that will enable parents to help their emotionally troubled “star” child cultivate an authentic sense of self.

In White Fragility, Robin DiAngelo deftly illuminates the phenomenon of white fragility and “allows us to understand racism as a practice not restricted to ‘bad people’.  Referring to the defensive moves that white people make when challenged racially, white fragility is characterized by emotions such as anger, fear, and guilt, and by behaviors including argumentation and silence. These behaviors, in turn, function to reinstate white racial equilibrium and prevent any meaningful cross-racial dialogue. In this in-depth exploration, DiAngelo examines how white fragility develops, how it protects racial inequality, and what we can do to engage more constructively.

The cost associated with this registration is for course participation only. This course is eligible for 1 graduate credit through UND at a cost of $50 per credit paid directly to UND. Information on how to register and pay for the credit will be emailed to you after the start of the course.