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Univ. of Vermont holds privilege retreat for students who ‘self-identify as white’
Posted on 11/19/2015 2:34:20 AM PST by Altura Ct.
The University of Vermont held a three-day retreat so students could confront their â€œwhite privilege.â€
The University of Vermont held a three-day retreat so students who â€œself-identify as whiteâ€ could confront their own â€œwhite privilege.â€
â€œExamining White Privilege: A Retreat for Undergraduate Students Who Self-Identify as Whiteâ€ took place last weekend, November 13-15, and was â€œspecifically for white students.â€
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According to the university, the self-identifying white students who attend the retreat will come to â€œrecognize and understand white privilege from an individual experienceâ€ and have the opportunity to â€œconceptualize and articulate whiteness from a personal and systematic lense as well as the impact of white privilege on the UVM community and beyond.â€
The self-identifying white students also tackled tough questions such as â€œWhat does it mean to be white?â€ and â€œHow does whiteness impact you?â€
The university website features testimonials from past attendees of the retreat, who praised the way the event was a â€œsafe space.â€
According to the schoolâ€™s website, the University of Vermont offered the retreat at no cost to its privileged white students, covering all expenses including meals. The retreat was hosted at the Common Ground Family Center in Starksboro, Vermont. The center advertises its use of solar power and â€œgreen construction projectsâ€ on its website, and offers its services for everything from family reunions to civil unions.
The University of Vermont does host a retreat for â€œwomen of colorâ€ as well but it focuses on building leadership rather than confronting oneâ€™s own privileges. Aside from the women of color retreat, the university does not appear to offer similar race-specific retreats.
Additionally, the universityâ€™s Center for Cultural Pluralism recommends various readings for its students, including “The Invention of the White Race,” “White Privilege, Male Privilege in Race, Class, Gender,” “The Feminist Classroom,” and “The Abolition of Whiteness.”
Campus Reform previously reported on a similar conference held at Mount St. Maryâ€™s Los Angeles, which was also specifically intended to help white students confront their privilege.
The University of Vermont did not respond to Campus Reformâ€™s request for comment.
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