White Privilege Conference
The White Privilege Conference (WPC) was established and is organized by African American Professor Dr. Eddie Moore, 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.
The 2018 White Privilege Conference (WPC19) will be held on April 4th-7th, 2018 in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The theme of WPC19 is "Super People & Super Powers: Prepare to be the Future of Social Justice Work."
There is limited overnight hospitality and no transportation assistance available this year in Grand Rapids. Local Friends do not have a meeting house and will not be able to provide a Wednesday night potluck or worship.
FGC will be providing discounts and sponsoring a Quaker hospitality room for both conferences. We are also working on ways to support Friends with less expensive overnight housing.
This year, we are also excited to be a part of the first global White Privilege Conference! The White Privilege Conference – Global (#WPCGlobal) is coming to Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada on May 9th-12th, 2018. The theme is “Are Canadians Too Polite: Exploring Global Perspectives on White Privilege and Oppression in Canada (and Beyond).”
Registration for both WPC19 and WPCGlobal will be open on January 15, 2018. Registration that is submitted before January 15th will not be processed.
To register for WPC19, click here.
To register for WPCGlobal, click here.
To learn more about this year’s keynotes and other general info regarding WPC19 and WPCGlobal, click here. For any further information, please contact Amirah Fadhlina at [email protected] or Vanessa Julye at [email protected].
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.
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.