Across the United States, there is a growing movement behind “White Identity Programs.” These programs are an attempt to get persons of caucasian descent to learn about ‘white privilege’ and its apparent ravaging effect on our country. From the University of Vermontwebsite:
“The ALANA Student Center (ASC) and a dedicated committee of campus colleagues are excited to announce Examining White Identity: A Retreat for Undergraduate Students Who Self-Identify as White. It’s a new retreat specifically for white students to engage in building a stronger and inclusive campus community.
Students will have the opportunity to:
- conceptualize and articulate whiteness from a personal and systematic lens;
- recognize and understand white privilege from an individual experience
- as well as the impact of white privilege on the UVM community and beyond;
- build a community of dialogue and support in taking action against racism.