DEI Engage Session - March 2021
The Power of Privilege - Register to receive Zoom link
Privilege is power. In recent years, elite colleges and universities have worked to make inroads in recruiting and admitting students from disadvantaged backgrounds, a group that Dr. Anthony Jack refers to as the The Privileged Poor (2019). In his book, Dr. Jack exposes how admission into prestigious collegiate environments isn’t enough. He contends that universities must creating infrastructures and scaffold support for these students, in order to demystify the invisible processes that undergird privilege. Dr. Jack’s book demonstrates how privilege works across economic, racial, and social lines, how students face multiple and intersectional hidden disadvantages upon enrolling in these leading academic environments, and how university cultures and policies must adapt to truly support the success and thriving of their disadvantaged students. In connection with our annual Walter N. Ridley Lecture, this month’s DEI Collective Professional Learning Series will focus on understanding privilege in academic environments and what it means to truly empower and support all students, no matter their background.
Learn more about the ongoing DEI Professional Learning Series.