Teaching About Privilege: A Model Combining Intergroup Dialogue and Single Identity Caucusing

N. Eugene Walls, Susan Roll, Lynne Sprague, Rachel Griffin

Abstract


Numerous challenges in educating about issues of privilege have been documented in the academic literature. To address many of those challenges, this paper outlines a pedagogical model that combines a modified form of intergroup dialogue, called cross-privilege dialogue, with single identity caucusing to engage participants in exploring their personal embodiment of privilege and their barriers to engaging in ally behavior. The paper identifies specific issues that arose in implementing the pedagogy and theorizes a process from resistance to praxis that combines critical self-awareness with action to assist students in understanding the importance of both.

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