The 2012 Diversity and Inclusion Summit Keynote Peggy McIntosh will share her new research “White Privilege: An Account to Spend,” which empowers readers to do something other than feel guilty about privilege. In 1988, she published the ground-breaking article, “White Privilege and Male Privilege: A Personal Account of Coming to See Correspondences through Work on Women’s Studies.” This analysis and its shorter form, “White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack,” 1989, have been instrumental in putting the dimension of privilege into discussions of gender, race, and sexuality in the United States.
McIntosh is Associate Director of the Wellesley Centers for Women at Wellesley College in Massachusetts. Founder and co-director of the United States S.E.E.D. Project on Inclusive Curriculum (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity), McIntosh consults widely in the United States and throughout the world with college and school faculty who are creating more gender-fair and multicultural curricula. McIntosh has taught at the Brearley School, Harvard University, Trinity College (Washington, D.C.), the University of Denver, the University of Durham (England) and Wellesley College. She is co-founder of the Rocky Mountain Women’s Institute and has been consulting editor of Sage: A Scholarly Journal on Black Women. She has consulted frequently in China and Korea, including the development of Women’s Studies, and programs to bring materials from Women’s Studies into the main curriculum. In addition to having two honorary degrees, she is the recipient of the Klingenstein Award for Distinguished Educational Leadership from Columbia Teachers College.