Today's Veterinary Business

FEB 2018

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44 Today's Veterinary Business Community A Definition The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines privilege as a noun — "a right or immunity granted as a pe- culiar benefit, advantage or favor." Privileges may be something we are simply born into by chance or something earned through some kind of achievement. You may have heard or even used the phrase "the privileged class" to refer to those having generational wealth. This definition is related to the sociological phenomenon often talked about in identity discus- sions, but that type of privilege has a bit of a twist. Privilege is about unseen institutionalized behaviors that either benefit or disadvantage groups of people according to identity. In a nutshell, privilege is about the somebodies and the nobodies in a system or society. Somebodies have privi- leges in this system because they might be members of the numer- ically dominant racial or ethnic group, the numerically dominant gender, the geographic location, the dominant religion and so on. Nobodies exist outside of the dominant groups. To be clear, most of the per- sonal attributes that are seen as privileged are simply the luck of the draw; they are attributes that we do The term "privilege" has become one of the hottest buzz words in the diversity and inclusion lexicon. The word is often considered provocative in discussions due to a fairly abstract notion of who has it and why. I'd like to break down the concept of privilege and how it might be seen in and around the veterinary profession. Community DIVERSITY TOOLBOX By Lisa M. Greenhill, MPA, EdD If we are not mindful and deliberate, privilege and rankism can result in toxic work environments. The anatomy of privilege not choose but are born into. This does not mean that people do not work hard or that the privileges are easily visible at the micro level. Other attributes may be influenced by factors such as our family's customs and traditions or where we find work according to our skill set. Privilege as a social construct is fluid. Often at the individual level, we find that we may be socially privileged in some ways and disad- vantaged in others. Again, this kind of privilege operates at a systems level, as such privilege in diversity conversations has nothing to do PLACE OF BIRTH GENDER EDUCATION COLLEGE

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