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FGC at the White Privilege Conference

The White Privilege Conference (WPC) was established and is organized by an African American Professor who wanted to provide a challenging, collaborative and comprehensive experience. The conference strives to empower and equip individuals to work for equity and justice through self and social transformation.

The annual WPC serves as an opportunity to examine and explore difficult issues related to white privilege, white supremacy and oppression. WPC provides a forum for critical discussions about diversity, multicultural education and leadership, social justice, race/racism, sexual orientation, gender relations, religion and other systems of privilege/oppression.

Since 2011, FGC has sponsored a group discount for the White Privilege Conference. Between 40 and 60 Quakers attend each year, taking advantage of a deep discount on registration. FGC and local provided a space at the conference for Quaker worship and worship sharing daily. In addition, local Friends provided overnight hospitality to out-of-state participants, as well as arranged carpools to and from the hotel each day.

 

FGC is sponsoring a group discount for the White Privilege Conference for a fifth year.

September 27th - September 29th, 2013, twenty-two friends gathered at Dunrovin Christian Brothers Retreat Center in Minnesota for a consultation on the impact of attending the White Privilege Conference, an event concevied and organized by an African American man, with support from FGC.

WPC has committed to becoming a “community of action” with the goal that every participant will take their conference learning beyond the walls of the program classrooms and back into our own home environments by way of meaningful action. To do this, each conference program of the WPC ultimately has an intentional action component. Our goal is to weave accountability programs and processes throughout the conference itself, and offers a variety of workshops with a very explicit action and accountability focus. Some members of the Quaker community at WPC15 in Madison took this time to hold a "Quaker Accountability Session" in the Quaker Hospitality Room. This is what came of their discussion:
Power, Privilege, and the Search for Community: A Reflection on the White Privilege Conference – March 28-31, 2012, in Albuquerque, NM

The 2013 White Privilege Conference took place in Seattle with more than 40 Friends and 2,100 people total attending.  This was the fourth year FGC has sponsored a group of Friends attending.

When I attended the FGC conference in Grinnell, I learned that FGC was encouraging Quakers to participate in the White Privilege Conference. So I attended the 13th White Privilege Conference in spring, 2012. It was like going into a lively, open city where everyone was talking about all aspects of privilege.