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Challenging Privilege and the danger of the single story: Online

County / Region
United Kingdom
Position on the Pathway
Excellence in practice
Fellowship Category
All Fellowship Categories
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7 hours
Institution Type
Higher Education and Further Education
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This workshop aims to deepen understanding of the barriers to equality, diversity and inclusion that exist in higher education through an examination of how majority group privilege reinforces structural and cultural inequalities. Using author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s concept of the single story as a means of exploring the limitations on our understanding of difference, participants will explore how privilege operates, the impact on different protected groups and what practical steps we can take to address inequality.

Learning outcomes

Greater awareness of the concept of privilege and how it impacts on structures, cultures and practices in higher education institutions.
Increased understanding of how privilege creates and sustains differential experiences and outcomes for majority and minority groups.
Greater understanding of how privilege operates within, across and between protected characteristics.
Increased awareness of strategies to minimise the likelihood of a ’single story’ view determining approaches to learning and teaching and to employment practices.
Increased confidence to develop actions that address inequality and build a sense of belonging for both students and staff.

Who should attend?

The workshop is likely to be of interest to EDI and HR specialists, academic and professional services staff responsible for student experience, and anyone who is interested in deepening their understanding of why inequalities persist and gaining fresh insight in to how to tackle them.

GS NL EP PSL combined

Benefits for the individual

The opportunity to deepen understanding, in a safe environment, of the concept of privilege and how it creates and sustains systems, processes and cultures of inequality.
Increased confidence to identify the impact of privilege at a personal and institutional level and to take action to address it.

Benefits for the institution

Enhanced understanding of how majority group privilege sustains inequality and negatively impacts upon the experiences of minority group students and staff.
Increased awareness of the practical steps that institutions can take to address the impact of privilege and build belonging for all students and staff.