This workshop provides a detailed sociological overview of the process and resulting structure by which people become differentiated from one another and arranged in graded strata with varying degrees of privilege (social, psychological, economic, etc.). Participants will learn about structural inequality and will be introduced to various understandings of prejudice and discrimination. Participants will also be encouraged to think about privilege and oppression as institutional, systemic, and global issues. The workshop will conclude with a discussion about how to begin fighting racial, gender, and class oppressions in a society that gives privileges to certain groups over others.


  • Examine privilege and oppression from sociological and structural points of view.
  • Acquire an intersectional understanding of privilege and oppression in the United States.
  • Analyze power as a key concept in understanding privilege and oppression.
  • Explore the concepts of diversity and its associated ideology as contemporary mechanisms that often enable current manifestations of oppression in institutions to go unexamined or unchecked.
  • Engage in group discussions on how to implement fruitful practices that address existing forms of oppression and discrimination in society.


If you are an individual with a disability and desire an accommodation, contact University Organizational and Professional Development or call 540-231-5100 during regular business hours at least 10 business days prior to the event. Additional advance notice may be required, depending on the type of program and the time necessary to secure the requested accommodation(s).

Time and Location

Feb. 23, Apr. 18
9 a.m.-4 p.m.
North End Center


Free, but space is limited.
All no-shows will be charged a $35 maintenance fee. Review the full cancellation policy.

Certificate Available

This workshop is a core requirement for the Diversity Advocate Certificate.