Power & Privilege
Building awareness of the power and privilege that influence practice can assist in developing a better understanding of EDI. Situate yourself and build an understanding of the diverse backgrounds you and your students bring to the classroom. The Power and Privilege Wheel by Dr. Amy Tan below is a great starting point to think about your position and where your students may be situated. As Dr. Tan suggests the wheel will help to “create more awareness about the privilege one might have in Canada because of arbitrary and unfair hierarchies embedded within society.”
Some questions to ask as you look at the Power and Privilege Wheel are (Tan, 2021):
- When you picture a ” standard” person in Canadian society, who do you see in your head? How do you picture they will act/behave?
- Who is my organization (customers, employees, marketing audience, etc) built around? Why and How?
- How are policies used to define what is expected behaviour? Do these policies give a certain group unearned advantage?
- Who or in what areas do people need to ask for accommodation to be able to function as fully as they can in a given setting? Why?
- Which identities can a person choose to not disclose if they don’t want to in a given setting? Which ones can’t be hidden?
- Why are Christian holidays like Christmas and Easter statutory holidays in Canada, but not other religions ‘ major holidays?
- How can systems that uphold unearned advantages to only certain group(s) be disrupted by those who have privilege?
- How can different equity-seeking groups work in solidarity with each other given that every anti-oppression fight is inter-related?
Tan, A. (2021). Power & Privilege in Canada. https://amytanmd.com/2021/06/09/power-privilege-in-canada/