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Harvard Plans Mandatory ‘Power, Privilege’ Orientation

From Campus Reform:

Harvard plans ‘mandatory power and privilege training’ for poli-sci students

By Katherine Timpf | May 13, 2014

The administration at Harvard’s Kennedy School of Government has agreed to work with a student group to implement a “mandatory power and privilege training” as part of its orientation, according to several reports by the group.

You would think these spoiled Harvard attending graduate students wouldn’t have to be taught how to use their power and privilege. They surely know by now.

“We have exciting news to share — the administration has officially expressed its desire to collaborate with us on designing a privilege training component for Orientation week for every HKS degree program!” states a post on the group’s Tumblr page.

For the record, ‘orientation’ is what colleges do to new admissions before the semester begins. (So it’s not an actual class, per se.)

The post also states that the group, which calls themselves ‘Speak Out,’ will meet with the Dean some time this week to secure funding and “make sure this training is institutionalized across school.”

And they wonder why tuition is so high.

Although the exact stipulations of the training have not yet been determined, earlier posts on the page reveal what kind of topics the group expects the privilege-checking training to cover.

“A mandatory power and privilege training that examines components of race, gender, socioeconomic class, sexual orientation, ability, religion, international status, and power differentials for every incoming HKS student starting August 2014,” it states.

Are they going to teach how minorities and women use their race and gender for power and privilege?

The post also claimed that this mandatory training was absolutely necessary for anyone seeking to be a leader in public policy.

“The exercise of public leadership … requires an honest assessment of structural power dynamics, of in-group and out-group dynamics, and of privilege,” one of these posts states.

Honestly is the last thing these people want.

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Thursday, May 15th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

3 Responses to “Harvard Plans Mandatory ‘Power, Privilege’ Orientation”

  1. Petronius

    Is the mandatory “power and privilege” orientation scheduled before or after the black mass?

  2. Enthalpy

    Why not try proper education for a change and give constant indoctrination/revisionism a rest?

  3. canary

    I learned this in highschool and it only a took a few minutes. People will waste their time discussing individual basis.
    A white man born in poverty will still have the most power and privilege. The bottom of the scale was black women.

    Now if the school changes the bottom of the ranking to a middle-eastern woman, there will be backlash from the middle-eastern women that they are happy for allah and better than everyone else.


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