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Students can earn class credit for attending ‘White Privilege Conference’

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Robby Soave
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The University of Colorado at Colorado Springs invited students to attend a three-day “White Privilege Conference” and earn as many as four class credits.

The 14th annualWhite Privilege Conference will be held April 10-13, in Seattle, Washington, some 1,300 miles from UCCS. But if students manage to get there — and pay the steep $250 registration fee – they can earn up to four course credits for writing a brief three paragraph journal entry on the experience.

According to the conference’s website, credits are “highly transferable,” meaning that high school students, graduate students, and students from other universities may also earn course credit if their institutions approve it. The conference is open to everyone, though the fees increase dramatically for non-students.

Promotional videos from previous conferences paint a picture of an event designed to educate white people about the myriad ways they subconsciously benefit from their race. One video even lists some of them:

“I can go shopping fairly assured I won’t be followed or harassed.”

“I can swear, or dress in second hand clothes, or not answer letters without having people attribute these choices to the bad morals, the poverty, or the illiteracy of my race.”

“I can take a job with an affirmative action employer without coworkers suspecting my race got me in.”

A past attendee said the conference helps create a “dialogue,” even though white people can never truly understand the advantages they have over minorities.

“We can speak and talk to one another and have dialogue and let white folks know what its like for a person of color, and I don’t think that white folks are really going to truly understand what its like to be a person of color, but this conference gives you a glimpse,” said an attendee from a past conference, in a promotional video.

The conference is organized by Dr. Abby Ferber, a UCCS professor of sociology, and is cosponsored by several other public universities, according to Campus Reform.
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