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White Privilege 101' teaches 'white-indentified' students to 'create a more equitable campus

University of Wisconsin students (Image source: YouTube screen cap)

A "White Privilege 101" workshop at the University of Wisconsin-Madison aims to "engage white-identified" students and teach them to harness their privilege in order to turn racism around, according to the Daily Cardinal, the school newspaper.

Khaled Ismail, a social justice educator at the Multicultural Student Center, leads the workshop. He told the Daily Cardinal that he hoped it would help "create a more equitable campus experience and community."

More from the newspaper:

Attendees were required to break the ice with other students in the room they had not met before and discuss the presence of race in their lives. Students shared how much they agreed or disagreed with questions about their privilege, like whether they should give up their privilege, in an interactive activity that asked them to imagine the room as a spectrum and place themselves where they felt was right.

Ismail also educated attendees about the differences between prejudice, discrimination and oppression. He discussed using allyship to eradicate these concepts, which involves being aware of one’s privilege and of other people that are coming from different starting points.

While the conversation touched on various identities, it was focused centrally on race.

“We wanted to talk race specifically and center the conversation around race right now,” Ismail told the Daily Cardinal. “We don’t all exist in siloed identities."

The Multicultural Student Center sponsors White Privilege 101 every semester, the paper said.

(H/T: EagNews)

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