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What is Privilege?

Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack - Peggy McIntosh

White Privilege Shapes the U.S. - Robert Jensen

Yes, Virginia, There is Black Male Privilege - Dr. L'Heureux Dumi Lewis

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Tunnel of Oppression

Santa Clara University

Syracuse University Beyond Compliance Coordinating Committee

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House of Privilege

A Privileged Few - The Breeze - March 24, 2011

House of Privilege - BreezeVideo - March 23, 2011

JMU's House of Privilege - WHSV News 3- March 21, 2011

JMU Opens "House of Privilege" - WHSV - March 21, 2011

Open House With a Twist - JMU Public Affairs - March 17, 2011

From Tunnel to House: Acquainting Students With Privilege - SEAHO Report - Winter 2010

Keeping up with Joneses - Madison Magazine - Summer 2009

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Social Justice Training Institute

National Conference on Race and Ethnicity

White Privilege Conference

Diversity Challenge

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Window: Socioeconomic Privilege

The Virginia Education Wizard
Get information about paying for college, enrolling in VA's community colleges, and choosing a career.

Federal Student Aid
Free info from the U.S. Department of Education on preparing for and funding education beyond high school.
1 (800) 433-3243

Computers With a Cause
Donate your desktop or laptop computer.
1 (888) 228-7320

Low Income Housing Energy Assistance Program
LIHEAP assists low income households meet their home energy needs.
(202) 401-9351

Mercy House
A complete support and educational program for families affected by homelessness.
(540) 432-1812

U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
HUD, along with many other federal agencies, funds programs to help the homeless. These programs are managed by local organizations that provide a range of services, including shelter, food, counseling, and job skills programs. Start by contacting a homeless assistance agency in your area.
1 (202) 708-1112

Harrisonburg Community Resource Center
Connecting people with the services they need, matching volunteers with opportunities to serve, and nurturing local services through a community-wide information, resource, referral and volunteer center.
(540) 433-3888

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Window: Food Privilege

Blue Ridge Area Food Bank
Donate food items and help ensure that people are food secure by providing access to nutritious meals.
(540) 248-3663

JMU Nutritionist
Nutrition counseling service are available to all JMU students, to provide nutrition education to on-campus groups and athletic teams, and to provide one-on-one nutrition counseling.
(540) 568-6603

Feed the Need!
Check out tips, action guides, and downloadable posters to get you started on running your food drive!

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Window: Religious Privilege

Explains accurately the full diversity of religious beliefs, world views, and systems of morality, ethics and values in the U.S. and Canada.

The Council for a Parliament of the World's Religions
Cultivates harmony among the world's religious and spiritual communities in order to achieve a just, peaceful and sustainable world.
(312) 629-2990

JMU Interfaith Coalition
Facilitates mutual understanding of any and all religions and world views, and promotes positive civic engagement in the JMU and local communities.
(540) 568-7314

The Roanoke Valley Interfaith Hospitality Network
Providing temporary housing and meals for families with children and full-time case management to assist families in addressing and overcoming causes of homelessness and creating goals of employment, housing and education in their return to independence.
(540) 343-9982

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Window: Gender Privilege

United Nations Population Fund
UNFPA is an international development agency that promotes the right of every woman, man and child to enjoy a life of health and equal opportunity
(212) 297-5000

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Window: Able-Bodied Privilege

Able-Bodied Privilege
Assists the University in creating an accessible community where students with disabilities have an equal opportunity to fully participate in their educational experience at JMU.
(540) 568-6705

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Window: Racial Privilege

Loving Day
Laws barring interracial marriage or co-habitation became illegal in 1967. Celebrations and campaigns to end ignorance about interracial dating are held all over the country.

JMU Center for Multicultural Student Services (CMSS)
Celebrates diversity by heightening awareness and educating our constituents regarding ethnic/cultural diversity. View the list of organizations you can visit, join and work with on projects.
(540) 568-6636

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Window: Sexual Orientation Privilege

Parents, Families & Friends of Lesbians & Gays (PFLAG)
Envisions a society that embraces everyone, including those of diverse sexual orientations and gender identities.
(202) 467-8180

JMU Student Wellness & Outreach
SWO coordinates university wide programs and speakers on various health topics including general wellness and nutrition, disordered eating, sexual assault prevention, sexual health, relationships, substance abuse, and stress management. Student organizations and services include REACH peer educators, 1 in 4 Men's group, CARE, and the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Ally Education Program.
(540) 568-2831

The Trevor Project
The Trevor Project is the leading national organization focused on crisis and suicide prevention efforts among lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning (LGBTQ) youth. The Trevor Project operates the only accredited, nationwide, 24-hour crisis and suicide prevention helpline for LGBTQ youth. If you or a friend are feeling lost or alone, call The Trevor Helpline. There is hope, there is help.
(866) 488-7386

Campus Pride
Campus pride is the only national nonprofit organization for student leaders and campus groups working to create a safer college environment for LGBT students. The primary objective of Campuse Pride is to develop necessary resources, programs and services to support LGBT and ally students on college campuses across the United States.

JMU Safe Zone
Safe Zone is a voluntary network of faculty, staff and students who believe that every member of the university community should have an equal opportunity to grow and learn in a safe and open environment.

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Windows of Opportunity

Links and Resources Related to Privilege and Taking Action