28 October 2017, 13:00 - 15:00
With the myth of a post-racial society being discredited in the harsh truths of political gerrymandering, educational disempowerment, and institutional violence, many individuals are facing the idea of White privilege for the first time.
The thought that certain people might be disadvantaged by societal structures (eg education, housing) from which other people benefit can cause discomfort that stops us from working to changing these injustices. We can start by facing our privilege in an honest manner and understanding exactly how we benefit from a racist system. Through active participation, this workshop looks at what it means to be White, seeking to expose the truth about the privileges we unknowingly carry with us in everyday life.
Please note that this workshop is high challenge, meaning that the ideas presented might make you feel uncomfortable. This workshop aims to be a safe space where individuals can confront these ideas without judgment, and requires respect on the part of all participants.
Dr Niki Sol (Senior Lecturer and Course Leader, MA Student Affairs in Higher Education, Anglia Ruskin University) has facilitated diversity training and simulations since 2003 on topics ranging from intercultural communication, to racial bias, to socioeconomic disparity among others.
This event is part of Cambridge Festival of Ideas.