Power is the capacity of an individual to influence the behavior of others. Social/institutional power refers to access to social, cultural, and economic resources and decision making.

What is Privilege?

Privilege is when a social group has something of value that they have not necessarily earned. It represents a special right or advantage available to a particular person or group based on membership or assumed membership in a dominant group. A dominant group is a social group with more power and access to resources, such as money, better education, and better healthcare etc.  Such privileges tend to open the doors to opportunities. Privilege…

  • Allows people to experience and assume a level of acceptance, inclusion, and respect.
  • Increases the likelihood of having things done “your way” and the holders of privilege often determine the rules and standards to follow.
  • Power and privilege are socially constructed, passed down historically, and protected through various social means.