White Students' Experiences of Privilege and Socioeconomic Disparities: Toward a Theoretical Model

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Spring 2007


Originally published in Michigan Journal of Community Service Learning, Vol. 13, Iss. 2, pp. 19-30, an Open Access journal.


A theoretical model is developed for the process relatively privileged white students go through as they become more aware of their own socioeconomic and other advantages and come to terms with these within their community service leaning placements. The model is supported with journal reflections from service-learners placed in inner-city homeless shelters to highlight stages of the proposed model. Resources for assisting students through the privilege awareness process and future research direction are identified.



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