University of Minnesota Treats Whiteness Like Mental Illness, Offers 12-Step Program To Beat It

University of Minnesota Treats Whiteness Like Mental Illness, Offers 12-Step Program To Beat It


Please read this paragraph and tell me that it doesn’t read like a blurb from the LinkedIn profile of a minor-league cult leader:

“In 2015, after years of struggling to navigate the role and presence of whiteness in her personal, academic, and professional journeys, Cristina developed the Model of Recovery from White Conditioning. She is grateful for all the thought leaders, healers, mentors, and humans who have shared their authentic selves with her, nurturing and challenging a pursuit of lifelong learning, innovation, and growth.”

She’s not a cult leader, however. Instead, Cristina Combs received a masters in social work from the University of Minnesota back in 2008 and, since then, “has worked as in-home family therapist, outpatient therapist, and clinical supervisor of a school-based mental health program.”

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The blurbs above are part of her bio for her webinar series at the Center for Practice Transformation and the University of Minnesota’s School of Social Work and Continuing Education

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