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What is Privilege and Why Does it Matter?

Ended Dec 20, 2022
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Term: Fall 2022

Date & Time: September 5th – December 20th, 2022

Location: Online Self-paced

Instructors: Michele Deramo 

Presented By: Inclusion & Diversity (INDV)



The concept of privilege can be a contentious one. When someone says that "your privilege is showing"--or something along those lines--your first reaction might be to feel defensive, as if you were accused of doing something wrong. Sometimes, the concept of privilege is weaponized to create us-them divisions, or to cast blame on certain groups. This doesn't help the cause of privilege, which is a very essential topic in diversity, equity, and inclusion conversations. In fact, without an understanding of what privilege is and how it matters, we can't progress in our work toward equity. The purpose of this workshop is to explore the concept of privilege--what it is, how it integrates with group/social identities, and how we can leverage privilege to further equity for all.