Our group is collectively raising funds to go to the conference, and one of the travel grants that I am applying for is from the Multicultural Center for Academic Excellence at the University of Minnesota. MCAE is awesome and I really hope that they give me money.
Here is essay we wrote and sent in:
"On April 1, 2009, the 10th Annual White Privilege Conference will convene in Memphis, Tennessee. The conference provides a forum for examining issues of white privilege, white supremacy and oppression. The workshops provided at the conference not only inform participants, but challenge and engage them to question privilege as well as provide practical tips and strategies for combating inequality. The theme of this year’s conference, “Taking Responsibility,” is to increase awareness of White privilege, start healing the scars of oppression and create social change.
We are six students from the social justice minor — a program in the School of Social Work at the University of Minnesota — and we are fundraising to attend this conference. The social justice minor provides students with a basis for becoming effective social justice activists as well as for creating a socially just vision of the future.
The White Privilege Conference falls perfectly within the mission of the program, and we feel that by attending the conference, we would be upholding the University of Minnesota’s commitment “to sustain an open exchange of ideas in an environment that embodies the values of academic freedom, responsibility, integrity, and cooperation (and) that provides an atmosphere of mutual respect, free from racism, sexism, and other forms of prejudice and intolerance.”
In order to make this trip possible, we must raise the funds to cover cost of airfare and other expenses, and we need your monetary support. If you are able to sponsor our trip, we would love to share the knowledge and experiences we gain through this amazing opportunity with MCAE upon return. Please consider a sponsorship to support our social change efforts."