Radical Empathy in Peer Education

A Case Study on Deconstructing Whiteness


  • Samantha R. Winn University of Arizona, School of Information




Since 2015, I have provided a workshop on deconstructing whiteness through community narratives. Although the exercises, readings, and content changed to meet the needs of each host institution, all iterations of the workshop have aimed to build radical empathy through a combination of relational dialogue and storytelling. In this essay, I will recount the events and people who shaped this workshop over time, reflect on my experiences as an instructor and facilitator, and discuss various shortcomings of my approach.

Pre-print first published online 05/18/2021

Author Biography

Samantha R. Winn, University of Arizona, School of Information

Sam Winn is currently a PhD student in the University of Arizona's iSchool, working with Dr. Jamie Lee. She previously worked with the International Archives of Women in Architecture at Virginia Tech.