Regular readers will recall that I’m participating in the 2016-2017 Discover program of Leadership Southern Indiana, or as it would prefer being known these days, Leadership SI.
The class’s January session was Inclusive Day, during which we discussed topics like inclusion, diversity, unconscious bias, stereotypes and much, much more.
We also did a “privilege walk.” It was my first one, and the results were compelling; having done so, I can no longer attend a public meeting without pondering how my city’s “leadership” caste would fare. My classmate recently Jamie offered this link, including a video. It’s very good stuff, indeed.
What Is Privilege? by Nicola Harvey, Mariam Veiszadeh, Nick Wray and Anna Mendoza
The privilege walk illustrates visually how privilege – or lack of it – affects the way our life unfolds.
The cast members were chosen to represent Australia’s diverse population. They are Mariam Veiszadeh (who also co-produced the video), Joe Williams, Ivor Rigney, Brooke Silcox, Sarah Houbolt, Carmen Patrap, Eli Galligher, Jemima Skelley, and Rob Stott. Sarinah Masukor was the host.
Participants took a step forward or backward, or remained on the same spot, based on whether they related to the following 35 circumstances illustrating societal privilege and disadvantage …