Allendale Columbia School is committed to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusion in our community, and we are proud to be one of the more than 400 local organizations to participate in the United Way of Greater Rochester’s 21-Day Equity Challenge. Prior to the Challenge, AC hosted a series of equity events, including a town hall meeting to explore the history of racism and resistance in Rochester as well as several listening sessions for parents and alumni.
Students, parents, faculty, administrators, and staff from Allendale Columbia School participated in the Equity Challenge. There will be an opportunity for them to come together and reflect on the experience in the near future, and we plan to return to these valuable resources as we work toward achieving our equity goals.
For more information about how you can get involved in these important discussions, please contact Lindsey Brown, Director of Equity and Community Engagement.
Here is Day 3 of the 21 Day Equity Challenge! The “What is Privilege” video is a simple and concrete metaphor that can spark conversation with students and colleagues. For a deeper exploration of privilege, check out the personal privilege profile.
DAY 3: The Meaning of Privilege
It’s time to talk privilege. The idea of privilege can be divisive, but at the core it means a built-in advantage, immunity, or benefit that a person or group enjoys beyond what others have access to or experience. Most everyone can identify at least one privilege that they hold; examples may include ability status, education level, wealth, gender identity, job status, marital status, the community that you live in, and more.
There are different levels and layers of privilege in our society. The experiments in the following videos show how people identify their privileges and how each privilege interacts to create levels of “status” that move some people ahead and keep others behind.
Consider the self-reflection questions and activities to identify ways that you could use your privilege to promote racial equity and justice in our community.