Unpacking Privilege

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 9 – 11am
University of Scranton Brennan Hall Room 509

Peggy McIntosh, PhD
Associate Director of the Wellesley College Center for Research on Women

“I was taught to see racism only in individual acts of meanness, not in invisible systems conferring dominance on my group,” says Peggy McIntosh. This workshop explores how political and social systems confer privilege on particular groups, and how awareness and understanding of this phenomenon can help us to conceive and promote more equitable education, business, and health care environments.

Peggy McIntosh, PhD is a world-renowned lecturer. She consults with higher education institutions throughout the United States and the world on creating multi-cultural and gender-fair curricula. McIntosh is Founder and Co-director of the United States S.E.E.D. Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity).
She consults widely in the United States and throughout the world with college and school faculty who are creating more gender-fair and multicultural curricula. In 1988, she published the ground-breaking article, “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work on Women’s Studies.” This analysis and its shorter form, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack (1989),” have been instrumental in putting the dimension of privilege into discussions of gender, race, and sexuality in the United States.

McIntosh has taught at the Brearley School, Harvard University, Trinity College (Washington, D.C.), the University of Denver, the University of Durham (England), and Wellesley College. She is co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute and has been consulting editor for Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women. She has consulted with women on 22 Asian campuses on the development of Women’s Studies Programs to bring materials from Women’s Studies into the main curriculum. She has consulted frequently in China and Korea. In addition to having two honorary degrees, she is the recipient of the Klingenstein Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership from Columbia Teachers College.

Of special interest to those providing leadership in their businesses and educational institutions, teacher education professors and students, and diversity educators, consultants, and trainers.

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