GWU scrubs 'Christian Privilege' training from website

  • George Washington University recently touted a free training session that examines “Christian Privilege” in the United States, but has since removed the event description from its website.
  • Participants are expected to learn the meaning of "privilege" and "white privilege" during the event, and to emerge with the ability to list at least three examples of "Christian privilege."

George Washington University is offering a free training session that examines “Christian Privilege” in the United States.

According to the description of the module, which has since been revised to remove descriptions of specific workshops, the training sessions are designed to “equip students and staff with the necessary skills to promote diversity and inclusion in the different environments in which they find themselves frequently.”

"Participants will be able to describe what is meant by privilege overall and white privilege specifically."   

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The Christian Privilege session is just one of 15 training opportunities that was listed on the university’s website prior to being removed on Tuesday. The university has not provided an explanation for the change.

“These skills support diversity as a core value of the university by helping students create a climate that promotes the acceptance, inclusion and celebration of all cultures,” the school explains. “Our diversity trainings include but are not limited to race, ethnicity, culture, sexuality and gender.”

The “Christian Privilege: but our founding fathers were all Christian, right!?” training module seeks to specifically examine several questions about America’s founding principles, the separation of Church and State, and more, The College Fix and The Daily Caller both reported. 

“How do Christians in the USA experience life in an easier way than non-Christians?” the description stated. “Even with the separation of Church and State, are there places where Christians have built-in advantages over non-Christians?” 

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“How do we celebrate Christian identities and acknowledge that Christians receive unmerited perks from institutions and systems all across our country?” the description continued. “Let’s reflect upon ways we can live up to our personal and national values that make room for all religious and secular identities on an equal playing field. All are welcome!”

The page went on to provide a list of “learning objectives,” further elaborating on the goals of the training session and the social justice terminology that is used by the program.

“Participants will be able to describe what is meant by privilege overall and white privilege specifically,” the school noted, adding that they will also be able “to describe the role of denial when it comes to white privilege,” “differentiate between equality and equity,” “list at least three examples of Christian privilege,” and “list at least three ways to be an ally with a non-Christian person.”

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The 90-minute workshop will take place on Thursday, and is offered through the school’s Multicultural Student Services Center, but GWU did not specify how much money is being spent on the entire training program. 

The university did not immediately respond to Campus Reform’s request for comment. 

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