What is the Power & Privilege Symposium?

The Power & Privilege Symposium is designed to make space for conversations about structural oppression, how they manifest themselves on the Whitman College campus and beyond, including, but not limited to, racism, sexism, ableism, capitalism, etc. The community unites to support the lectures, panels, discussions, and showcase created by our peers. The symposium strives to educate the community about the power structures prevailing around the world, questioning many of the paradigms which have socialized us. Our mission as a team is to create an environment that interrogates hard questions, the relationships, and structures of power and privilege. The symposium is a house for resources—beginning of questions and further investment in social justice.

2022 Theme: Beyond the Bare Minimum

The 2022 Power & Privilege Symposium will address physical, economic and identity-based barriers to access and education to interrogate norms that exclude marginalized bodies and voices from spaces. We will center students and advocates whose personal narratives, wisdom and worldviews are frequently left unacknowledged.