Perils and Perks of Privilege - A Workshop Series

Responses to social/ political issues--profiling, voter/ marriage rights, immigration, healthcare, education, and entitlements--are often restricted to individuals’ experiences. Many are unaware of the perils and perks of privilege that inform personal responses and viewpoints. Conversations on important issues through the lens of race, gender, sexuality, class, age, or ability, for instance, often leave individuals and communities unwilling/ unable to talk, listen and connect.

Project Humanities hosted 2-hour workshops that explored everyday manifestations of privilege. Workshops across Arizona engaged literature, history, language, performance, art, film, history, and popular culture to demonstrate the everyday complexities of privilege. Facilitated by experts who establish guidelines and appropriate prompts, workshops centered on participants’ vital voices, providing a model for understanding and acknowledging privilege.

These facilitated workshops centered on participants’ vital voices, providing a model for understanding “difference,” identity politics, and acknowledging privilege. Consistent feedback across all of the workshops evidenced individual empowerment through critical conversation, information, education, and self-reflection.

These workshops have now evolved to be Humanity 101 in the Workplace: Lessons in Privilege and Bias.


  • Create an awareness of the multiple perils and perks of privilege.
  • Examine one’s own perceptions, values, and biases.
  • Create strategies for combating systemic biases.
  • Enhance personal understanding and skills for living in an increasingly diverse world.

Ground Rules

  • Everyone had the right to pass if asked a question they do not want to answer.
  • No physical or verbal attacks.
  • Keep an open mind.
  • Everyone had the responsibility to involve themselves in activities and exercises, and making sure everyone in the group is comfortable with the group’s actions.
  • Whatever is said by participants during session should be respected and not repeated outside of session.
  • Only one person spoke at a time so that we could best understand everyone.

Past Workshops - Image Gallery

Phoenix - 1/22/2014
6:00 PM-8:30 PM 
Burton Barr Library

Millye Carter-Bloodworth
Youth Mentor & Community Activist

Yuma - 3/29/2014 
10:00 AM-12:30 PM 
St. Paul Cultural Center

Dr. Jay Warren Clark
Educator & American Education System Expert

Flagstaff - 5/3/2014
10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Museum of Northern AZ

Dr. Jeffry Berglund
Faculty, Northern Arizona University,
Colonialism, Race, Gender, Sexuality,
and Native American Issues

Phoenix - 7/14/2014
6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Pomegranate Cafe

Dr. Allison Parker
Faculty, South Mountain Community College,
African American Literature, Rhetoric,
and Women and Gender Studies

Sedona - 10/11/2014
10:00 AM-12:30 PM
Sedona Public Library

Dr. Jonathan Lee-Melk
CEO of Chiricahua Healthcare Centers,
Healthcare Services in Diverse Communications Expert

Phoenix - 11/06/2014
6:00 PM-8:30 PM
Desert Botanical Garden

Rashaad Thomas
USAF Veteran, Stylist and Fashion Designer,
Poet and Activist

This program is made possible in part by the Arizona Humanities Council.