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Thursday, April 6 • 2:30pm - 4:00pm
'May I have the privilege...'

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With this presentation I hope to help clarify not only what “privilege” is, but how wide of a scope it can encompass. I hope to make it a more inclusive term, applicable to a wider range of individuals, presented in a format that makes it more generally relatable and takes away some of the attacking “us vs. them” rhetoric that tends to polarize the concept. I hope to help try and bridge the gab that the term usually creates between being able to collaboratively work across boundary lines of “privilege” to mitigate the social hierarchies that it reinforces and the negative outcomes those hierarchies may have on a great many people.
I hope to address not only “white” (racial/ethnic) privilege, but also socio-economic privilege, gender privilege, language privilege, privilege due to sexual orientation or gender identity, religious privilege and privilege constructed around nativity and citizenship. I also hope to pose the concept of “privilege” in a more humanistic framework, which gives some of the power back to the individual who can then conceptualize the concept in terms of ownership instead of hopelessness.
I hope to help generalize the concept of “privilege” to a wider scope of social justice, which creates a sense of social inclusion and responsibility for all. Placing it in the framework of a national concern attacking U.S. ideology and creating a barrier to participation in the social “rights” for a larger scope of the population leads towards unity in belief of a better future and a stronger social network as a nation rather than a divided nation of those who have and those who have not.
As a country there are a lot of things that we do very well, however, there are many areas in which we set a negative example in a big way in a worldwide comparison. Incarceration, punitive punishment, distrust of government, social economic disparity, distribution of wealth between the “rich” and the “poor,” gender inequality, LGBT rights, disenfranchisement of racial/ethnic minorities, treatment of native populations, etc., are all ways in which we set a very poor example worldwide.
Knowledge is power and acknowledgment of these issues is the first and most necessary step in rectifying them. Ignorance and avoidance do not create a more sustainable future, yet we obviously have a society in which it has been made very acceptable to behave in ways that help to preserve an unhealthy status quo that harms many people in one way or another. Advocacy for unity towards a more empathic, knowledgeable address of issues pertaining to social justice is necessary if we hope to reach that future. The Shepard Symposium seems like a wonderful way to do just that.

Thank you very much for your consideration.


Thursday April 6, 2017 2:30pm - 4:00pm
Union 3rd Floor Hallway

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