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“As an educator and activist I wholeheartedly encourage young people participating in the WPC. It is a challenging, rigorous, and supportive environment which promotes critical thinking skills and leadership development. It is a unique, one of a kind experience that can create a long lasting positive impact for young people of all backgrounds.” - JLove Calderon, Author, Activist, Educator
“As you well know, I believe the conference to be a great educational and self-reflective space to introduce youth and those who work with them to a structural framework to better understand power and privilege. Not only in the context of race but in the context of faith, gender, language, etc.” - John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas
“The White Privilege Conference is a grassroots, year-round, dedicated effort from compassionate individuals nationwide to challenge the status quo of oppression, white privilege and white supremacy that exists in our society. I am compelled to this work by the directness of the purpose which I have experienced as being to first be aware and then take action. I believe young people are especially equipped with the talent and willingness to believe in the possibility of justice for all. This is why I support and participate in the Youth Leadership Conference and revel in being a witness to the ever-evolving growth of inspirational young role models for social change.” - Wade Colwell-Sandoval
“My WPC experience in 2008 (Springfield Mass.) was one of the most stimulating, most challenging and most thought-provoking experiences I’ve had in recent years. Starting with a neighborhood walk where I happened on a racially charged traffic accident, to a number of gender-bending conversations with strangers, to difficult conversations with Bush School colleagues, to workshops, to poetry readings (Ariel Luckey’s ID Check), to deep discussions with students, the depth and intensity of this experience was exceptional. Listening to our students, it was clear that they were similarly challenged and engaged. If I could do one thing differently, it would be to try to do less and reflect more on what I saw, heard and did.” - Theo Coxe
“In short (or trying to), I must mention, in all reality, that WPC was a life changing event for me. I went into my first conference as a very unaware college student and came out of it a completely different person with pages and pages of notes detailing the experience. Although it is sometimes difficult to admit, I wrote how disheartening it was that the very first time anyone taught me anything about race was at WPC! As I continued to grow and further my ability to recognize oppressive situations, I realized that WPC didn't just teach me about race, it helped me become an advocate within my community, a compassionate young professional, and a devoted activist. Currently (three+ years after my first WPC), I am a leader within my community, working toward helping other leaders become educated, compassionate and active in many different sectors of their communities. I'd be happy to answer any other questions for your colleague and the proposal. I can't say enough about the type of experience provided at WPC.” - Nicole R. Crosby
“As Principal of Holmen High School in Wisconsin I was able to see firsthand the impact that the WPC had on staff and students who attended the conference. Students who attended came back with a understanding of the importance of promoting diversity not only in the school but the community. Students started a Diversity Program called SEEDS (Students Envisioning Equity and Diversity in the School) which has promoted and fostered a better understanding in the school and the community. This conference is a great opportunity for students to experience diversity first hand.” - Bernie L. Ferry
“Though I’ve been to the WPC twice as a chaperone of high school students and as a participant, I have also helped organize and facilitate the preparation, fund raising and debriefing of Bush School students attending the last 5 WPC’s. Without a doubt this is the most effective and valuable professional conference I’ve attended during the 20+ years I’ve been in education. Further, I’ve observed the impact it has had on our students as being as effective and valuable. Students, no matter what ethnicity, nationality, race, religion or sexual orientation have shared and demonstrated that their lives have been changed by this experience. The unique environment of immersion and the intentional support and reflection built into the conference has allowed them to explore their own, as well as, others’ experiences and perspectives around issues of social justice and privilege. This has truly been a life changing experience for our students.” - John Ganz
“As the founder of EdChange and a university professor, I have been to dozens of conferences related to diversity, cultural competence, leadership, and multiculturalism, most of which have included a component for youth. Usually, the youth components are less educational than fluffy--students leave having made a few friends, but without learning anything substantial about how to participate in authentic ways in a diverse institution or society. The White Privilege Conference is the exception. I've seen young people I know grow in substantial ways from attending the conference and I've watched as they've brought their lessons back to their institutions, becoming models of leadership for diversity.” - Paul Gorski
“Have you heard about the White Privilege Conference? Ever considered going? Well, this is an opportunity that shouldn't be missed! The keynote speakers are high caliber, the opportunity to meet and engage with other folks committed to undoing racism and oppression are unparalleled, the opportunity and space to "get real", and lastly, having the time to learn from, talk, listen and engage with people doing the work of social justice/anti-oppression.WPC is thoughtful, emotional, spiritual, reflective, beautiful, community oriented, engaging...oh, it is good. Think about it. It's a way to step out of the mundane, reconnect with the passion that fuels the fire, learn something new, and grow with other folks doing this collective work of social justice, anti-racism and anti-oppression.” - Stephanie Jones
“I have attended WPC twice in the last ten years. My first WPC in 2004, I took a group of 13 undergraduate students from a small, private liberal arts college in Iowa. All participants in their evaluations talked about the amazing experience they had. The students talked about how the conference opened an awareness within them that they had not felt before. Some students expressed how they felt validated in different cultural ways for the first time. It was a time and space for them to fully show who they were when their college and home communities provided many barriers for them to show themselves authentically. Many students were so moved emotionally they returned to campus with a renewed sense of commitment and made strides to improve their college community.
I attended WPC this past year in Memphis. I can say hands down the most remarkable event I witnessed was the student collaboration and testimonies in breakout sessions. In the sessions I attended some of the most powerful statements were made by the students and what they had been experiencing. Several students expressed how WPC healed them and gave them hope for better conditions and a better world without oppression. During several personal testimonies, I witness students professing how their experience with WPC changed their lives and what they were doing in research, community building, and college campus activism for change. I also don't want to diminish the play that the students wrote and performed. It was amazing! Students from all different backgrounds displayed acting, singing, spoken word, humor, crafting, and other talents in a work they put together over the course of the conference. WPC is an wonderful opportunity for students to be engaged, empowered, and critically challenged as they decide what they want to give to the world.” - Richard Webb