ERIC Number: ED199131
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1980-Sep
Evaluation of the Tillman Seminar on White Racism.
Mayer, Steven E.; Buckman-Ellis, Charles
This assessment of the Tillman Seminar on White racism is based on interviews with 56 people who participated in the seminar between 1969 and 1979. The Tillman seminars are presented throughout the United States for the purpose of calling to the attention of participants that white racism is endemic in American culture and that it must be combatted, especially at the institutional level. Specific objectives of this study were to illustrate the nature and variety of seminar effects on participants and on social institutions in communities to which participants returned after attending the seminar. The method was to survey participants regarding their impressions of the seminar and their perceptions of changes in their behavior and/or attitudes as a result of seminar participation. Interview questions were open-ended. Findings indicated that, for all respondents, the seminar was a memorable experience and an introduction to the radical thesis of institutionalized racism in the United States. Most respondents reported that they felt more comfortable around minorities and felt that their commitment to equality became more energized as a result of seminar participation. Further, findings indicated that institutions including schools, churches, and social service organizations were altered by activities of seminar participants in various ways, including that there were noted increases in minority vendor purchases and in the number of white and minority studies programs in schools. The conclusion is that the Tillman seminar accomplished its major purposes. (DB)
Publication Type: Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Walker Foundation (Archie D. and Bertha H.) Minneapolis, Minn.
Authoring Institution: Rainbow Research, Inc., Minneapolis, Minn.