Workshop 8: Understanding Privilege as a Mechanism for Advising the Transitional Student

Program Description
Privilege appears in many ways: through race, gender, class, age, etc. - characteristics that divide people in hierarchical ways. Transitional students - first-generation, international, transfer students, adult learners, those returning from or entering the armed forces - often encounter intrapersonal and interpersonal challenges related to issues of privilege. Understanding how privilege manifests itself in college settings, in the lives of our students and in our own lives can help us to become better advisors. Through the use of readings, exercises and discussion we will examine dimensions of privilege and consider how awareness can improve our advising practice. This will be a fun and interactive workshop in which we seek to move away from shame and blame, toward understanding and action.
Crystal JohnsonUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Crystal N. Johnson is the Office Manager for the Academic Advising Center and CU-Boulder. Crystal holds a BA in Psychology from Chicago State University and a MA in the Social Sciences from the University of Chicago. Before joining CU-Boulder, Crystal worked in student services, research and academic advising positions. Research interests include stereotype and prejudice reduction.
Peter FreitagUniversity of Colorado Boulder
Peter Freitag is Associate Director of the Academic Advising Center at CU-Boulder. Peter holds a BA, MA, and Ph.D from the State University of New York at Stony Brook. Before joining CU-Boulder, Peter was a professor at Clarkson University in Potsdam, NY. Research interests include the study of class in higher education.