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Power & Privilege Symposium Schedule

For greater reach and accessibility, the P&P Team has created a hybrid model of the symposium with both virtual and in-person components.

Power & Privilege Kickoff Session

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2024 at 4:45 p.m.
Maxey Hall Auditorium

We kick off our four-day event event with a P&P Kickoff Session on Tuesday, Feb. 20 4:45 p.m. in Maxey Hall Auditorium featuring the P&P Executive Team! Join as the team shares about the history of P&P and how to fully engage with the day!

Power & Privilege Keynote Speaker: Linda Sarsour

Wednesday, Feb. 21 at 7 p.m.
Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom

The Power & Privilege Symposium is honored to welcome activist, community organizer and author Linda Sarsour who will deliver the keynote address.

Watch the Keynote

Power & Privilege Day

Thursday, Feb. 22

Classes are canceled on this day to encourage participation. 

On P&P Day, all are invited to attend the different sessions throughout the day led by members of the Whitman community! These sessions will be happening in various campus locations, as well as live streamed. To begin planning out your participation, check out:

P&P Week Schedule

P&P Day Schedule

P&P Sessions Descriptions

Guest Artist Performance

Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom
Friday, Feb. 23, 7 p.m.

The P&P Concert begins with returning guest artists, Sounds of the People. This event is free and open for all to attend!

Accommodations and Accessibility

  • There will be one to three seats reserved at each session for students with disabilities.
  • There will be an American Sign Language interpreter at the keynote speech.
  • We ask that sessions are kept fragrance-free for those with sensitivity to smells and chemicals.
  • All buildings, excluding Hunter Conservatory, have ramps and elevators to help with physical accessibility.
  • All-gender restrooms can be found on each floor of Maxey, in the basement of Hunter Conservatory, in the Glover Alston Center, on the first floor of the Hall of Science, and on the main floor of Prentiss Residence Hall.
  • Campus Security can be contacted using the phone number 509-527-5777 or can be found in Technology Services 130.
  • Volunteers can be found in Symposium T-shirts and can help with accessibility throughout the day.

The Power and Privilege Symposium is dedicated to making this event as accessible as possible. If you have concerns about accommodations and accessibility that aren’t listed here please e-mail symposium_chair@whitman.edu.

Session Blocks

Expand the time blocks for session details. Livestreamed sessions will be marked with an (*).

Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall:*
Attention Beyond Attendance: Let's start with Palestine - Dante Fillippetto, Zakir Hussain

Watch the Live Stream Recording

Maxey, Auditorium:*
Dismantling the Chains: Unmasking Systematic Oppression in Mass Incarceration - Ava Brenkman, Kaelyn Pike

Watch the Live Stream Recording

Maxey Hall, Auditorium:*
Getting Learning Disability Accommodations Is Harder Than You Think” - Jeremy Davis

Watch The Live Stream Recording

Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall:*
What are HSPs and Why Are They Discriminated Against?” - Abby Peck

Watch The Live Stream Recording

Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom:
Uncle Sam Needs You: Neocolonial Rhetoric and Postcolonial Mythos” - Barbara Saucedo Gonzalez

Maxey Hall, Auditorium:*
When the momentum dies, so do the refugees” - Kate Moe

Watch The Live Stream Recording

Hall of Music, Chism Recital Hall:*
Blacknificent” - Anyla Dior, Jara Moreno Arostegui, Tia Kramer

Watch The Live Stream Recording

Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom:
Don't Touch Me: Understanding Accessibility Tools in Public Life” - Ilse Spiropoulos

Maxey Hall, Auditorium:*
Judaism Beyond Zionism - Alissa Berman, Alanna Sherman, Montana Azzolini

Watch The Live Stream Recording

Reid Campus Center, Young Ballroom:
The Privilege of Outdoor Recreation

Self-Care and Utilizing the Counseling Center

The Symposium can be an exciting time to teach and learn. It can also be an emotionally challenging time given the topics that will be discussed and questions that may be asked. To fully engage in the symposium, please take care of yourselves before, during and after. A few options for self-care include but are not limited to:

  • Be mindful. Pay attention to what your mind and body are telling you about your stress level.
  • Listen to your thoughts and feelings. If you are getting overwhelmed, take action to address it with deep breathing, stepping out or asking for support from those you trust.
  • Take breaks as you need them during the various sessions.
  • Reach out and talk with your social supports both inside and outside of the community.
  • Finally, the Counseling Center will be open, and if you want to speak with someone about your emotional experience please go to 502 Boyer Avenue. Someone will be there to greet you and assist. You can also call the Counseling Center by dialing 509-527- 5195.

Drop-in Hours with the Counseling Center: 8 a.m. through 5 p.m.
Students can call the main office line at 509-527-5195 for an appointment and will be provided a Zoom link to meet with an available therapist.

Best Practices for Engagement

Actively participate. Engagement is essential for critical conversations, increased understanding of each other’s identities and movement towards change.

Commit to change. This day should influence how you approach social issues throughout the rest of your life. When you commit to try and fix an issue, you motivate others to join you in the process of sustained change. If opting to stay neutral is easy for you, it is essential to remember that some may not have the sheer choice of opting out. This day is only one installment in a larger movement to make Whitman a more inclusive space.

Stay the course. Don’t be deterred when it comes to having hard conversations. Oftentimes people are scared of and turn away from these conversations because they fear they might look ignorant.

Remember that we are in a learning environment. If you do not understand other people’s positions of oppression because you are not in them yourself, continue to ask questions, share and listen.

Treat each other with dignity and respect. Respect the opinions of others even if you do not agree or understand their perspectives. Likewise, there is no acceptance of hate speech, discriminatory speech or any forms of degradation.


  • Utilize “I” statements when responding.
  • Listen attentively and respectfully. Suspend judgment.
  • Pay attention to what surprises you and what confuses you.
  • Try to practice the ‘both/and’ approach rather than ‘either/or’".
  • Accept and reject as needed but be able to articulate the why.
  • Practice confidentiality. Take the learning, not the experiences.
  • Question the idea, do not criticize the people.
  • We are all responsible for the learning.
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