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Cassandra Voss Center to Host Symposium Focusing on Privilege and Advancing Equity

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From St. Norbert College, March 25, 2019
by Hailey Barron,, (920) 403-3089

The Cassandra Voss Center at St. Norbert College will bring a new conference to campus on Friday, April 12, through Saturday, April 13, to help the wider community address privilege and inequality at the local level. The two-day symposium, “Loving Justice: Asserting Human Dignity & Forging Bold Action,” is a condensed version of the White Privilege Conference, the national event that facilitates conversation about privilege in communities around the United States each year.

While the Cassandra Voss Center and St. Norbert College are leading the charge, they’ve partnered with other organizations to bring this event to campus, including Lawrence University, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College, Schreiber and Associated Bank, as well as the Human Rights Campaign Foundation, based in Washington, D.C.
“The Cassandra Voss Center has always been an advocate for innovation and change,” said Karlyn Crowley, director of the Cassandra Voss Center and professor of English and women’s and gender studies at St. Norbert College, “The [conference] has never been brought to Wisconsin before, so the center took this as an opportunity to bring a new and impactful event to the area.”
Symposium participants will learn about the history of privilege in the United States and will explore ways to advance equity. With the help of keynote speakers and workshops, the event will explore issues such as income inequality, disparities in the justice system, barriers to education and employment as impediments to progress. The goal of the conference is for attendees to walk away with the knowledge and skills they need to confidently and positively influence places where they have a personal connection. In keeping with the college’s commitment to radical hospitality, Friday’s programming is free and open to the public. Saturday’s keynote, workshops and action-planning sessions are available via a registration fee. Registration is $40 per person for St. Norbert College students and speakers/presenters; $75 for other college students; $110 for educators and nonprofit organizations; and $135 for the general public and corporate organizations. All are welcome. An optional on-site lunch is available on Saturday for $10 for adults and $5 for students. For more information and to register for the conference, visit

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