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Unpacking Oppression

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Elizabeth Coté

on 6 March 2017

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Unpacking Oppression
To develop an understanding of how power and privilege operate in our society
To learn basic definitions related to power and privilege
To understand our own role in the cycle of oppression
To be aware/acknowledge our learning edges
Brave Space Community Agreements
Controversy with civility
Own your intentions AND your impact
Challenge by choice
No attacks
T the P
(Adams, Bell, & Griffin, 2007)

Key Attributes of Systems of Oppression:
1. Pervasive
2. Restrictive
3. Hierarchical
4. Complex
5. Internalized
6. Shared + Distinctive Characteristics of "Isms"
Privilege Inventory + "Isms" Handout
I repeatedly forgot each of the realizations on this list until I wrote it down. For me white privilege has turned out to be an elusive and fugitive subject. The pressure to avoid it is great, for in facing it I must give up the myth of meritocracy. If these things are true, this is not such a free country; one's life is not what one makes it; many doors open for certain people through no virtues of their own.

In unpacking this invisible knapsack of white privilege, I have listed conditions of daily experience that I once took for granted.
" - Peggy McIntosh
Multiple Dimensions of Identity
(Abes, Jones, & McEwen, 2007)
Cycle of Oppression
Systematic Training
Taught by:
Reinforced by:
Results in:
Interrupting the Cycle
Action Plan
How could I develop a stronger feeling of community AND a greater understanding for the value of a diverse workforce in my unit or department starting in the next few weeks?

Put your action plans in some kind of time frame, e.g. tomorrow, next week, next month, etc.
Thank You For Your Time!
Lyndon Huling
Student Activities Coordinator,
Center for Student Involvement

elizabeth coté
Director, LGBTQIA Resource Center
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