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Perspectives: Understanding Privilege and Allyship

12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Mid Campus Center, Training Room 2057

Our focus in Perspectives for the remainder of the year will be about effectively speaking up around bias and discrimination and the journey of earning the title of Ally.

We will use Peggy McIntosh’s White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack article as a basis to start our discussion about Privilege.  We highly encourage folks to read it prior to coming to the session so that you can be ready to discuss.  The article focuses on White Privilege and we know this can be a triggering term for some people.  As we move along with Perspectives, the intent is to challenge each of us to step out of our comfort zone and be open to leaning “in” to discussion that helps us foster more discussion and as a result, a greater sense of belonging for all.  We will not only be discussing one area of privilege but will be discussing the many forms and identities that carry it and ways that it shapes our ability to be allies.  The article is simply a starting point. **  We encourage you to bring your reactions, thoughts, questions, and concerns to the discussion so that we can truly engage and learn from one another.

 As always, we hope you will share this event and come with a colleague or two!

Perspectives is a monthly dialogue series open to all members of the Washington University community. Learn more about Perspectives »

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