Greater Minnesota White Privilege 101 and Engaging in Difficult Conversations

Date: Apr 24, 2019
Time: 01:00 PM to 03:00 PM

Northwest Minnesota Foundation
201 3rd St. NW, Bemidji

Fee: $30 for MCN members / $50 for nonmembers Register Now!

The word ‘privilege’ has become controversial. For some it empowers while for others it evokes guilt. What does it mean to have white privilege? How do you recognize it? How can one move past white guilt?

This workshop will discuss the fundamentals of identity, power and privilege and, specifically, how society is set up to benefit those who are white.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand where the idea of “whiteness” comes from
  • Identify one’s own privilege
  • Understand how privilege is embedded into society

About the Presenter

Ruthie Johnson is YWCA's consulting manager. In this role she is responsible for race equity consulting business procurement and delivery. Ruthie comes to the YWCA Minneapolis from the higher education sector. In academia, the saying goes "you are what you study," and for Ruthie this is true. She holds a master’s degree in communication studies with an emphasis in intercultural communication. Her research focuses on multicultural identity and is fueled by her experience living in diverse communities. Ruthie was raised in Miami and is from a multiracial family. She has used her cross-cultural skills community organizing, doing multicultural programming in higher education, and helping organizations grow and celebrate diversity. She also serves on the Equity Advisory Committee for the Metropolitan Council and is a 2017 cohort member in Wilder's Community Equity Pipeline.

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