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.