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Beyond Fragility

A Skills-Based Guide to Effective Anti-Racist Allyship

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Yara Mekawi, PhD |  Natalie Watson-Singleton, PhD |  Danyelle Dawson, MA
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Apr 23, 2024
Bridge City Books
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Anti-racism work cannot be reduced to a single checklist of “dos” and “don’ts.”

As society shifts its perspective on true allyship – moving from being “not racist” to "anti-racist” – White allies are being called upon to actively work toward changing the status quo. However, the vast majority of resources on this topic emphasize educating allies about anti-racism without teaching them how to actually do anti-racism work. This leaves well-meaning allies feeling stuck, frustrated, and afraid of getting it wrong.

Beyond Fragility fills this undeniable gap by providing you with a concrete, step-by-step approach to effective anti-racism allyship. Filled with case examples, guided reflections, and skill-building exercises, this book provides you with the skills to:

  • Understand and avoid common mishaps in anti-racist work, such as misunderstanding what racism is, not knowing how to recognize racism, or not having a clear anti-racist identity
  • Cope with intense emotions like guilt, fear, hopelessness, and anger that may arise when discussion racism and privilege
  • Navigate complex interpersonal interactions, whether it’s validating the experiences of BIPOC peers, recovering from a racist misstep, or speaking out against racist comments

Anti-racist allyship is not an innate essence – nor is it something you were born knowing how to do. But with the tools in this book, you can learn new skills that allow you to engage in impactful and sustainable allyship in every space you occupy.




Yara Mekawi, PhD's Profile

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Yara Mekawi, PhD, is a licensed psychologist, co-founder of the DEAR project, and assistant professor at the University of Louisville. She earned her PhD in clinical-community psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her work focuses on examining racial discrimination and racial prejudice at the intersection of affect and cognition. She is interested in the assessment and integration of anti-racism and social justice-oriented practices within organizations and the implementation of interventions designed to effectively dismantle white supremacy at individual, cultural, and systemic levels.

Speaker Disclosures:
Financial: Yara Mekawi has an employment relationship with the University of Louisville. She receives royalties as a published author. Yara Mekawi receives a speaking honorarium from PESI, Inc. She has no relevant financial relationships with ineligible organizations.
Non-financial: Yara Mekawi is a member of the - Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies and the APA Division 45.


Natalie Watson-Singleton, PhD Related seminars and products

Natalie Watson-Singleton, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist, co-founder of the DEAR Project, and associate professor at Spelman College. She received her PhD in clinical-community psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign. Her research focuses on two lines of inquiry: (1) Understanding how racism influences African Americans’ health disparities, with special attention to African American women, and (2) Modifying interventions to meet the cultural needs of African Americans. Overall, she aims to produce research that can bridge science and practice to improve the lives of marginalized communities.

Danyelle Dawson, MA Related seminars and products

Danyelle Dawson, MA, is a doctoral candidate in clinical-community psychology at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign and co-founder of the DEAR Project. She received her master’s degree in psychology from North Carolina Central University. Ms. Dawson’s program of research focuses on (1) The mental and physical impacts of racism and discrimination on marginalized populations and (2) Individual and community-level engagement in resistance and healing. She has won several awards recognizing her commitment to diversity and anti-racist endeavors in her work.


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