University Hosts 3-Day Retreat on How to Combat ‘Privilege’

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Northeastern University plans to host a three-day retreat where students will have the opportunity to discuss and learn strategies on how to combat power and privilege.

The “DISMANTLE Retreat: Deconstructing Power and Privilege” will require students to learn “to do the work of resisting oppressive power dynamics,” and is open to “ALL students, regardless of identity,” because “most of us have privileges that we benefit from.”

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“Identifying the presence and impact of privilege can be challenging for those to whom privileges are granted because it is often seen as ‘the norm,’” an online description for the event states. “It is sort of like asking a fish to notice water or birds to discuss air.”

During the  retreat, students will discuss their past experiences to understand and recognize their privilege—which organizers define as “an unearned advantage or exemption from duty as a special benefit or favor based on someone’s social identity group membership”— while also working to “challenge convention and develop astute observations about society.”

[RELATED: Univ. of Vermont holds privilege retreat for students who ‘self-identify as white’] 

During the retreat, participants will travel around the Bos…

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