Special Section: Overview

  • Abby L Ferber University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
  • Eddie Moore, Jr. Founder & Director, White Privilege Conference Director of Diversity The Bush School www.bush.edu www.uccs.edu/~wpc/
Keywords: Case study, WPC case study, Action, Inaction and Accountability


The White Privilege Conference (WPC) is committed to creating a culture of action and accountability, so that the WPC has a real, ongoing impact throughout the year and beyond. Participants are expected to leave the WPC with a commitment to take concrete action to understand, challenge, dismantle and/or strategically reconfigure the structures of power, privilege and white supremacy. To extend and investigate the extent of this impact, Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., founder and program director of the WPC, asked three scholar/practitioner/activists, all longtime attendees and presenters at the conference, to work with him to build an explicit action and accountability program (A4A).

The following two articles are a result of this multi-year project. They discuss the model of action and accountability (A4A) developed, as well as an assessment of the pilot program. These articles were written, in part, to inspire other organizations to make a similar commitment to fostering year long action, and provide a replicable strategy.

Author Biographies

Abby L Ferber, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Dr. Ferber is Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Ethnic Studies and Associate Director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion at UCCS. She is the author of White Man Falling: Race, Gender and White Supremacy, Rowman & Littlefield, (1998); co-author of the American Sociological Associations' Hate Crime in America: What Do We Know? (2000) and Making a Difference: University Students of Color Speak Out, Rowman & Littlefield (2002), and editor of Home Grown Hate: Gender and Organized Racism, Routledge (2004). She has co-edited three volumes: Privilege: A Reader, Westview Press;The New Basics: Sex, Gender and Sexuality (Oxford University Press) and The Matrix Reader: Examining the Dynamics of Privilege and Oppression (MacGraw Hill), each designed for classroom use. Ferber is widely recognized as a leading scholar of the far right, and her articles have been widely published in academic journals as well as news outlets including The Denver Post, The Chronicle of Higher Education, and the Huffington Post.
Eddie Moore, Jr., Founder & Director, White Privilege Conference Director of Diversity The Bush School www.bush.edu www.uccs.edu/~wpc/

Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr., currently serves as Director of Diversity at The Bush School (www.bush.edu) in Seattle, WA and is the Founder and Director of the annual White Privilege Conference (www.uccs.edu/wpc). Dr. Moore received his Ph.D. in Educational Policy and Leadership Studies at the University of Iowa. Dr. Moore is an ex-student athlete and remains committed to the influence of athletics and academic excellence in the lives of all students.

How to Cite
Ferber, A., & Moore, Jr., E. (2018). Special Section: Overview. Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, 8(1), 111. Retrieved from https://www.wpcjournal.com/article/view/18572
Case Study of WPC: Action, Inaction, and Accountability