WSU Diversity Conference to Discuss Power, Privilege

OGDEN, Utah – Weber State University will host its Seventh Annual Diversity Conference, “Examining Privilege and Power,” Oct. 6-7.

The keynote speaker for the event will be Robert Jensen, author of the recently published book “The Heart of Whiteness: Confronting Race, Racism and White Privilege.” The conference will open Oct. 6 with “Power and Privilege: A Conversation with Robert Jensen” – a casual gathering at 5:30 p.m. in the Barnes Banking Lecture Hall at Weber State University Davis (2750 N. University Park Blvd., Layton).

Jensen’s keynote address, “Getting Beyond Guilt: Confronting Unearned Privilege and Contributing to Social Justice,” will be Oct. 7 at 9 a.m. in the Shepherd Union Ballroom on the WSU Ogden campus.

This year’s conference will also include 10 workshop sessions on Oct. 7 dispersed throughout the Shepherd Union Building focusing on topics such as the influence of wealth on individual health care, the political influence of professors in the classroom, and the privileges of living in the United States.

“The most important question is not do we have unearned privileges – we all do – but rather what are we doing with that power and privilege?” said Sandra Powell, diversity conference planning committee chair. “Our conference makes the argument that by having such privileges, we have an obligation and a responsibility to reach out and share with others who don't have such privileges.”

Jensen actively participates in the anti-racism, anti-pornography and anti-violence against women movements. He is a former journalist and now a professor of journalism at the University of Texas at Austin.

All conference events are free to the public. Visit weber.edu/DiversityOffice/conference.html for more information.

Weber State University 7th Annual Diversity Conference Agenda

Examining Privilege and Power Confronting Realities; Taking Responsibility

 

Thursday, October 6

WSU Davis (2750 N. University Park Blvd., Layton), Barnes Banking Lecture Hall

 

5:30 p.m. – “Power and Privilege: A Conversation with Robert Jensen”

 

 

Friday, October 7

Ogden Campus, Shepherd Union Building

 

9 a.m. – Keynote Address

  • Robert Jensen: “Getting Beyond Guilt: Confronting Unearned Privilege and Contributing to Social Justice,” Shepherd Union Ballroom

 

10 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions

  • Book signing, Shepherd Union Foyer
  • Student Panel: “Winners and Losers in the Ovarian Lottery,” Wildcat Theatre 
  • Faculty Panel: “The Privilege of Living in the USA: Confronting Realities, Taking Responsibility,” UB 338 
  • Religion Panel: “Is being male and Mormon a privilege in the WSU classroom?” UB 347-348

 

11 a.m. – Concurrent Sessions

  • Disabilities Panel, UB 347-348 
  • Alumni Panel: “Pay It Forward: Using the Power of a University Education to Improve Society,” UB 338-340 
  • Service Panel: “Service Opportunities in Your Own Back Yard,” Ballroom C

 

Noon – Lunch Break

 

1:15 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions

  • National Conference for Community and Justice, UB 325 (Part 1) 
  • Robert Jensen: “Power of the Professoriate,” UB 338-340 
  • “Influence of Wealth on Health,” UB 347-348 (Part 1)

 

2:30 p.m. – Concurrent Sessions 

  • National Conference for Community and Justice, UB 325 
  • J. Audrey Thompson: “Invisible Ink: Remarking Whiteness in the Classroom,” UB 338-340 
  • “Influence of Wealth on Health,” UB 347-348 (Part 2)  
Contact:

Forrest Crawford, Assistant to the President for Diversity
(801) 626-7420 ·
fcrawford@weber.edu

Sandra Powell, Diversity Conference Planning Committee Chair
(801) 626-6103 · spowell@weber.edu 

weber.edu/DiversityOffice/conference.html

 

Author:
Travis Clemens, office of Media Relations
(801) 626-7948 • travisclements@weber.edu