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“Enjoyed it. Learned new stuff. Didn't agree with everything, but unclear how much of that is 'real' vs. 'perception'. Not satisfied with definition of 'privilege' in handout, particularly that it is "unjust." For me, that seems to conflict with oft-stated assurance--"this isn't about right/wrong, good/bad." Seemed implicit in much of the discussion that 'privilege' IS bad. Overall, a very well done presentation; good job balancing best as possible a very broad and complexly nuanced topic, in a very short timeframe. (And there was free food! ;-) Thank you for all the hard work and effort that created this and shared it!” --Anonymous
“Well organized and facilitated, thought-provoking, stimulating and challenging. Great!” --Anonymous
“I found the workshop on ‘privilege’ to be more than what I expected. It was a great learning experience and just a good way to meet and interact with people in the community that come from all different walks of life. I have noticed the use of things like ‘you guys’ when referring to women as maybe just a force of habit for myself. Though for the past couple months I have really been giving some thought and practice to addressing women as women and not throwing the normative masculine salutations around. Thank you for being so passionate about what you do and … [i]t is inspiring to say the least.”—Spence S.
“The dialogue and the activities. It’s always a pleasure and I get a new perspective each time.” --Anonymous
“I thought it was helpful to talk to different members of the community about the subject of privilege. It’s not normally talked about among people one is not familiar with.” --Anonymous
“Making me aware of the everyday thoughts, words and actions I am doing. I need to be part of the change and not the problem.” --Anonymous
“The connection of people of different backgrounds and identities was insightful. As a student, I’m around the same people daily. It was helpful!” --Anonymous
“The empowering approach and the expansion of definitions, people sharing, Rashaad’s story and sharing” --Anonymous
“The group discussion about different types of privilege was an interesting and interactive way to consider the different facets of privilege and people’s experiences with it.” --Anonymous
“Really changes my perspective about privilege. The group activities were helpful.” --Anonymous
“My perception of an implicit message that all inequality is bad and/or needs to be combated and/or ‘evened out’.” --Anonymous
“Nothing was [unhelpful], but I think this workshop could’ve been split into two sessions.” --Anonymous
“I enjoyed hearing about literature and privilege.” --Anonymous
“The workshop was effective.” --Anonymous
“Very good presentation, made me think, ‘see’ and ‘distinguish’ things better.” --Anonymous
“Everything was GREAT! Thanks!” --Anonymous
“The ‘Perils & Perks of Privilege’ workshop was an insightful experience. I would recommend this workshop to people because I felt it emphasized the importance of realizing that no matter what someone’s economic status is, his or her skin color, or their age, that person is privileged to various things unannounced to them. . . The strength of the workshop was that it catered to every race, age, economic status, religion, and sexuality. The concept of the workshop to enforce how someone might be privileged was creative. I never realized how simple the concept of being privileged actually was. A perfect example would pertain to someone being privileged to walk versus someone bound to a wheelchair. I never realized that it was a privilege to be able to move as I pleased, or to be able to walk without the help of a wheelchair or cane. The creativity of the materials in the workshop and the overall message was awesome.” --ASU Student
“My understanding of ‘privilege’ was substantially broadened. I was somewhat skeptical of the whole idea of going to a workshop about privilege even if it was for extra credit. I was thinking it would be a lecture, at the end of which I would feel bad about my race and economical status. That was not the case. Going to this workshop was a great eye-opener for the many different faces of privilege. Whether it’s able-bodied or cis-gendered privilege, there are many different ways one can be privileged in this world and equally many ways one could have the lack there of any privileges. . . The activities were filled with information and made many of us have moments of self-discovery. I thought it was truly a great thing to see all of those people from all walks of life and ethnic backgrounds coming together to genuinely learn something about how to treat others. Because this lecture was not about putting a complete stop to privilege, it was about acknowledging it. Understanding it, and how one reacts to the many faces it wears.” --ASU Student
“I attended the Perils and Perks of Privilege workshop. We talked about the different types of privileges and participated in small group discussions and activities with the entire workshop. One of the activities that we did was we lined up in two side-by-side line facing each other and answered questions by either taking steps forward or backward. This was an interesting exercise because we saw many participants walking forward as far as they could and some as far backward as they could. This workshop really opened my eyes how privileged I am and how blessed I am to have everything that I have. There are different privileges that were brought up in the discussions that I never really thought of; being able-bodied, health, weight. I am very thankful for all the things that I have and I am now aware of the different types of privileges. This workshop was very helpful and really made me aware of all types of privileges and I want to spread this awareness any way that I can.” --ASU Student
“The Project Humanities series is an important one not only because of the effort invested in the up taking itself, but because of the generations of people the project attempts to reach out to (virtually all of them) with an end result of at least bridging the gap of understanding between generations of people in terms of each generation’s attention to race and race relations in America. The main objective of the particular workshop I attended was for the hosts to hopefully incite in the guests a need to at least objectively recognize the privilege trend in society, how that privilege has transcended from past to present, and how privilege would not be half of how it is defined without race, race relations, and racial divide, as catalysts, and basically any and everything concerning the range of physicalities/abilities in people all around each other. One thing made very clear at the workshop was that this was not an attempt to “promote diversity”, but rather awareness.
In that case, I felt that this was precisely the big fail at the workshop whereas there simply were not a lot of responses, in spite of the attendance number which was quite nice. I’m not sure what it is but people still seemed to want to hold in what was going on in their minds. No matter the assurance that what anyone had to contribute would not be ridiculed or overtly disrespected. The same hands were being raised and the same voices were being spoken. That doesn’t strike a feeling of progression. … I felt that that was the basis of the discussions had at the workshop whereas some people were braver than others, or perhaps some were just there to listen and learn. I believe that there is a sense of fear, as well, as some feeling that they will be judged based on their feelings or experiences as compared to others. So then there is a competitive spirit as to who had/has it the worst in terms of being negatively affected by others ‘privilege. Also, there are moments in class where some of us do not have anything to say and I think that this, once again, stems from a fear of being judged by other classmates. No one should feel that way, but it doesn’t mean that they won’t.
… Rather than to perhaps place blame or insistence on understanding the mentalities of people coming from different cultures or even eras, it was suggested that we all become more aware.. It seemed that the best way to address this awareness, or to at least offer the resources to further examine the truly existent privilege divide in the U.S. was through a particular exercise we did at the workshop. This exercise attempted to depict this reality by having everyone divide into two lines facing one another and to either step forward or backward based on the questions asked by the hosts. This gave us an opportunity to look at ourselves and each other. No one could hide, but there were so many of us you couldn’t see who was hiding if they were. … In the exercise, a discussion followed as well, and it addressed privilege in a different way whereas we could try to discern where we are in society in terms of censorship, or underlying prejudice. The other strength of that exercise was through involving one another with people from all walks of life, from age to race etc.” --ASU Student
“I really enjoyed attending the privilege workshop at the Desert Botanical Garden. It was a very illuminating experience because I was previously unaware of all of the different ways privilege is played out in society. The activity where everyone took a step forward or backward depending on their experience with privilege or discrimination was very revealing and helpful because it really showed concretely the different ways in which it is revealed in everyone’s lives, including my own. That was probably my favorite part because it was enlightening to see for myself the different ways I have been both privileged and was held back because of certain things. I also really enjoyed the guy’s personal story and all of his struggles with being black and living in a car and trying to find meaning; that was pretty awesome. I never really thought of all the different ways I have been privileged in my life, not only because of my color but also my gender and all the different ways in which being a white male carries so many privileges over different types of people. I took home a packet that showed 100 reasons why simply being a male has so many advantages and privileges. I definitely look at things differently now and while I consider myself lucky for all of the ways in which I’m privileged because it certainly makes life easier, I am also much more aware of how others are underprivileged unjustly and that the system is such that racism and discrimination is still very prevalent. This is unfair and I’m glad I am more aware of it so that I can do whatever is in my power to avoid propagating unjust actions based discrimination or unjust privilege and I can become a more tolerant person.”—ASU Student
"I wanted to really let you know I cannot thank you enough for that workshop, I learned so much in such a little amount of time, it literally changed my life. There isn't a day that goes by that I don't think about it and how I now see the world thru a much different lens, more than anything, it created such a deeper compassion for humanity that I honestly feel that workshop should be REQUIRED learning at a pre-school level.
Phoenix is a very friendly city to our handicapped peers however your workshop took it to a whole entire new level. I'll be eternally grateful for that class, if it's ever offered again, please make me aware as I will bring more people in addition to taking it again." -- Jimmy Orama, Nova Home Loans