Iowa State University requires freshmen orientation leaders to complete readings on power and privilege, as well as a glossary of inclusive terminology prior.
Two student leaders for Destination Iowa State , a project of the university’s admissions office, shared the documents with Campus Reform, confirming that the readings were mandatory for student leaders.
Both student leaders requested anonymity and reported to Campus Reform that the documents were included in the their training module.
The first document, “Power & Privilege Definitions,” defines words such as “Institutional power,” “prejudice,” and “stereotype.” The document also designates “Levels of Oppression,” listing privileged groups such as “Able-bodied,” “Middle-aged people,” and “English-speaking people.” This document also defines “Agents of Oppression” as “members of the dominant social groups in the United States, privileged by birth or acquisition, which knowingly or unknowingly exploit and reap unfair advantage over members of groups that are targets of oppression.”Haylee Fishburn, a student leader […]
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