For the first time in its history, the White Privilege Conference — a prominent American symposium of educators and students “designed to examine issues of privilege beyond skin colour” — was hosted outside of the U.S.A.
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Last fall, Brock University was the host site for the White Privilege Symposium- Canada (WPSC). The two-day event Sept. 30 and Oct. 1 had a format of guest speakers and group workshops to examine the impacts of, and solutions to, racial and cultural oppression.
Organized by Anti-Racism Task Force at Brock University, and supported by the US conference group, the WPSC was be themed “Academics & Activists: Advocating for Equity, Justice and Action”, and drew upwards of 200 attendees from Canada and the U.S. (About 2,500 attended the 17th annual White Privilege Conference, held in April in Philadelphia.)
Topping the list of speakers at Brock was American scholar and racial justice activist Eddie Moore, who founded the White Privilege Conference as well as The Privilege Institute, which engages people in research, education and leadership through workshops and conferences.
Other scheduled keynotes included Shauneen Pete, a First Nations educator and University of Regina associate professor; Ritu Bhasin, a Canadian lawyer and equity consultant; Afua Cooper, the dub poet who is also the James R. Johnston Chair in Black Canadian Studies and professor at Dalhousie University; rap artist and anti-violence activist Jasiri X; and U.S. author and racial justice educator Debby Irving.
Who should attend?
If you identify with one or more of the following groups:
- high school students
- undergraduate students
- graduate students
- policy makers
- social workers
- people who work in equity and inclusion services
- community members and leaders (non-profit staff, activists, social workers, counselors, healthcare workers, members of the spiritual community, etc.)*Community members and leaders are not limited to the Niagara Region
If you identify with one or more groups that are marginalized based on:
- ancestry, colour, race
- gender identity, gender expression
- sexual orientation
*Not an exhaustive list