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. At least 40 Quakers have attended each year, and in 2016 more than 400 Friends attended with the FGC discount. In 2016 FGC and local Friends 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.
Building Diversity in our Spiritual Body: A Quaker's Reflection on Participating in the White Privilege Conference
By Joan Broadfield
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.
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.