Events

Understanding Privilege

What would it feel like to build your self-awareness and gain greater confidence when working with diverse clients, colleagues or customers?

What difference would it make to the service you provide?

Peggy McIntosh is an American academic and activist whose reflections on white privilege are the starting point for this workshop. McIntosh uses the metaphor of an invisible knapsack to reflect on her position as a white woman in the USA:

I have come to see white privilege as an invisible package of unearned assets which I can count on cashing in each day, but about which I was “meant” to remain oblivious. White privilege is like an invisible weightless knapsack of special provisions, maps, passports, codebooks, visas, clothes, tools and blank checks”

Peggy McIntosh, 1989

Privileges we are born with we have no influence over. What we can influence is what we do with those privileges.

This online workshop offers a safe space to explore privilege in various forms: race, sexual orientation, gender, disability for example. It will enable you to:

  • Know what privilege is and its impacts
  • Be equipped with language for talking about privilege
  • Be equipped with tools for countering the impacts of privilege in your work environment
  • Become aware of your own level of privilege and how to harness it
  • Get more comfortable with being uncomfortable (conversations around privilege and inequality are difficult – that’s ok)!

The workshop takes place via Zoom, is interactive, and numbers are limited in order to facilitate discussion. You will participate in breakout rooms, giving you the opportunity to meet and discuss with others and will engage in tasks to get you thinking and doing!

The workshop will be of interest to Human Resources professionals, people leaders and coaches, working independently or within organisations (or, frankly, anyone working with human beings!).