University holds workshop on ‘white privilege’

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The Western Washington University will be conducting a new workshop Friday for all faculty and students to learn how to “reduce the impact” of white privilege.

The description of the workshop, and a link to sign up for the class, is posted on their school website:

The Campus Equity and Inclusion Forums will host a new workshop on white privilege from 9-11 a.m. on Friday, May 26 in VU 462, led by WWU’s Rand Jimerson.

This class will provide staff, supervisors, faculty, and students an opportunity to learn about the concept of white privilege, its relationship to assumptions about race, and how to reduce the impact of white privilege on social and academic relations. The course will include brief presentations, interactive exercises, and facilitated discussions, to explore ways that hidden assumptions affect interpersonal relations and how to reduce the expression and effects of white privilege.

The class will be taught by history professor Randall Jimerson, a white man who has written several books on race relations.

The College Fix shared comments they received from Jimerson via email, wherein he stated, “I think the harmful effects of ‘white privilege’ are that it can reflect an insensitivity to the subtle effects of both racism and lack of awareness of the differences between how people of color and people called ‘white’ are treated in everyday life. Not being aware that other people face daily, often subtle, discrimination can make white people insensitive to these debilitating effects.”

He continued:

“Most people of color are aware of the existence of ‘white privilege,’ whether or not they have applied this term to the disparity between their experiences and those of white people. Thus, I assume that the main focus will be on helping white participants to understand, explore, and accept (or reject) the concepts embedded in this phrase.”

“I hope that the conversation will then move to ideas about how to reduce the impact of ‘white privilege’ in our daily interactions with other people, and in our consciousness of race and other socially-constructed concepts.”

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