Although The White Privilege Conference (WPC) and The Privilege Institute (TPI) both stemmed from Dr. Eddie Moore, Jr.'s personal journey to consciousness, they are designed for the expansive community. Thousands have participated in our work––nationally and internationally over decades––to create their own multi-racial conscious experiences.
WPC had it's roots in Iowa at Cornell University. Having been both his home for both undergraduate and postgraduate studies, Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. and a group of like-minded leaders launched the first WPC in 1999 to examine white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression. Fifteen years later, TPI was created as a nonprofit organization to expand the scope and reach of the work. WPC continues annually and is held in different US cities. In addition, we facilitate symposiums, known as WPS for regions wanting to host smaller versions of the conference.
TPI offers advocates of peace, equity, and justice multiple ways to enhance their efforts and research. Through challenging workshops, engaging speakers, and a range of educational programs, we create opportunities and connect resources on issues of equity, privilege, power, supremacy, and antiracist leadership.
In our work, we challenge, push, and grapple, but always return to a place of love, family, and community.
As an educational nonprofit, we provide resources to the community around understanding and dismantling white supremacy, white privilege, and other forms of oppression.
We publish Understanding and Dismantling Privilege, an interdisciplinary journal focusing on intersectionality and all aspects of privilege (racism, sexism, heterosexism, ableism, etc.). It bridges academia and practice, while highlighting activism. The journal is a forum for action and accountability on issues of inequity, power, and privilege.
Our Youth Action Project includes programming for middle and high school youth. While making strong bonds within a multi-racial group, youth learn see, name, act, and proceed.
TPI provides challenging, collaborative, and comprehensive strategies to empower and equip people to work for equity, love, and justice through self, organizational, and social transformation.
(of privilege and oppression)
• Comprehensive approach
(in terms of content and process)
• Challenging and supportive environment
• Intersectional content
• Strategic and action-oriented
• Reciprocity between us and our participants
• Accountability and responsibility
• Relationship building
Dr. Eddie Moore Jr., PHD
Dr. Eddie Moore Jr. has pursued and achieved success in academia, business, diversity, leadership and community service. In 1996, he founded America & MOORE to provide comprehensive diversity, privilege, and leadership trainings and workshops.
Dr. Moore is recognized as one of the nation’s top speakers and educators. His interview with Wisconsin Public Radio won the 2015 Wisconsin Broadcasters Association's Best Interview in Medium Market Radio, 1st Place and he is featured in the film, “I’m not Racist….Am I?”
For 10 years, Dr. Moore served as Director of Diversity at Brooklyn Friends School in Brooklyn, NY and The Bush School in Seattle, Washington. Dr. Moore received his PhD from the University of Iowa in Education Leadership. His PhD research is on Black Football Players at Division III Schools in the Midwest.
Understanding and Dismantling Privilege
online journal founder
Board of Directors
John-Paul Chaisson-Cardenas, PhD
(He/Him/His) has been named the Vice President of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion of The Connecticut State Colleges and Universities. He has been recognized at the national level for his work transforming large multi million dollar systems towards equity.
Joseph Flynn, PhD
(He/Him/His) is the associate director of academic affairs at the Center for Black Studies and an associate professor of curriculum and instruction in NIU’s College of Education. His work has made him a wide-ranging media expert on timely topics in education, politics, entertainment, and culture.
(She/Her/Hers) is the Associate Dean for Diversity and Inclusion at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, School of Pharmacy. Lisa explains that her work creating educational and work environments that are welcoming, equitable, and facilitate true belonging, is particularly rewarding.
(He/Him/His) has worked in
higher education, athletics, and
corporate America for the last 17+ years. Much of his career has been centered around serving underrepresented communities and doing inclusion & diversity work.
(She/Her/Hers) is a K-12 teacher and photographer in Seattle. Through her work with staff and students, she works to dismantle the destructive system that marginalizes and oppresses many while elevating others for nothing more than their skin color.
Marguerite Penick, PhD
(She/Her/Hers) received her PhD from the University of Iowa in Curriculum and Instruction. Her work centers on issues of power, privilege and oppression in relationship to issues of curriculum with a special emphasis on the incorporation of quality literature in K-12 classrooms.
LaRue A. Pierce, EdD
(He/Him/His) is a leader and advocate for social justice, equity, and inclusion. Currently, he serves as the Vice President for Justice Equity Diversity and Inclusion at Westfield State University, where he oversees the development and implementation of initiatives and programs related to these values. Dr. Pierce has an extensive background serving on boards and advisory committees for organizations that work to promote social justice, equity, and inclusion.
Alice (Allison) Ragland, PhD
(She/Her/Hers) is an
interdisciplinary scholar, writer, and educator with a PhD in Multicultural and Equity Studies in Education from The Ohio State University. Her research, writing, and teaching explore the intersections of history, race, gender, sexuality, resistance, and education.
Sherard A. Robbins, PhD
(He/Him/His) serves as the
founder and CEO of Visceral Change. He has championed efforts to address and exact social change nationally and internationally, and has been highly revered by corporations, councils, and institutions across the globe. Dr. Robbins is also a Constitutional Scholar, who works to unearth the relationships between DEI, Anti-Blackness, and the U.S. Constitution.
(She/Her/Hers) has a lifelong passion for learning and teaching others about equity and inclusion work. Over the years, she has served her community as an early childhood educator, Equity Practitioner, Ind. Consultant, and most recently an Herbalist and Healer. Orinthia has facilitated numerous workshops, presented at national conferences, and has been a guest speaker at teacher preparation programs.
Consortium of Equity Conferences (CEC)
Unity Through Access & Equity
We are a member of the CEC, a group of progressive, like-minded organizations unified through their common interest in promoting access and equity through educational programs and conferences. Each CEC member organization is dedicated to peace, equity, and social justice. The Consortium’s primary mission is to support, network, and take action.