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Sean Brown

Students take a step forward during the Privilege Walk, a session aimed at visually portraying disparities in opportunities and advantages of varying backgrounds.

Privilege walk

This session gave students the opportunity to take part in a “privilege walk” and then talk about how their experience affected their perception of privilege in small groups. The privilege walk worked by a leader calling out statements like, “If you have health insurance take one step forward,” or “If you have a disability take one step back.” The activity is supposed to give a visual representation of privilege, with those most privileged in front and those least in back. For Kora West ‘20, the activity revealed some surprising truths.

“I expected to be more at the front rather than at the back because of the stereotype that white people are more privileged,” said West. “But doing this exercise made me realize that that’s not always true.”

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