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"I don't believe I have any special privilege:" A Two-Part Exercise to Reduce Student Resistance to the Concept of White Privilege

The concept of white (and male) privilege is challenging for students to understand, and often leads to incredulity and resistance. Students often see white privilege as an outdated theory that disputes their beliefs in an equality meritocracy. This paper presents a two-part exercise to help students understand white privilege in a non-threatening way, thus reducing the resistance to the concept, allowing for more thorough understanding. This exercise is useful for diversity, organizational behavior, and/or human resource management courses.

Laurel Goulet
Massachusetts Maritime Academy
United States

Paul Szwed
Massachusetts Maritime Acdemy
United States


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