UW Graduate School

Peggy McIntosh

Privilege and Equity

  • Former associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women
  • Founder and senior associate of the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity)

April 11, 2017 | 7:30 p.m.
Kane Hall, room 120

  • This lecture has reached capacity. As a courtesy, the Graduate School will offer standby seating on a first-come, first-served basis beginning at 6:45 p.m. in Kane Hall. Any reserved seats not taken by 7:15 p.m. will be offered to our guests in the standby line.

This event is free and open to the public.

Waking Up to Privilege Systems: Putting Unearned Power to New Uses

Peggy McIntosh will talk about how she came to see privilege systems. She knew that human beings can be pushed down below a hypothetical line of social justice through oppression of many kinds. Her own work since 1988 has focused on seeing the many ways in which people are pushed up above the hypothetical line of social justice, through no virtue of their own.  McIntosh will facilitate reflections on ways in which individuals and organizations can use their unearned advantages to weaken privilege systems. The session will identify at least 16 individual and collective actions that can lead to redistributions of unearned power.

About Peggy McIntosh

Peggy McIntosh, Ph.D., former associate director of the Wellesley Centers for Women, is also the founder and now Senior Associate of the National SEED Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity & Diversity). SEED helps teachers and community members create their own local, year-long, peer-led seminars in which participants use their own experiences and those of their students, children, and colleagues to widen and deepen school and college curricula and make communities and workplaces more inclusive.

Dr. McIntosh directs the Gender, Race, and Inclusive Education Project, which provides workshops on privilege systems, feelings of fraudulence, and diversifying workplaces, curricula, and teaching methods. Dr. McIntosh has taught English, American Studies, and Women’s Studies at the Brearley School, Harvard University, Trinity College (Washington, D.C.), Durham University (England), and Wellesley College.

She is co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute and has been consulting editor to Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women. In 1993–1994, she consulted with women on 22 campuses in Asia on the development of Women’s Studies and programs to bring materials from Women’s Studies into the main curriculum. In addition to having four honorary degrees, she is a recipient of the Klingenstein Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership from Columbia Teachers College. She earned her doctorate degree from Harvard University.

Sponsoring Departments:

  • UW Graduate School
  • UW Alumni Association