Definitions to Lay the Groundwork
Before we start, here are a few terms that are referenced often in the information below.
Social identity is an individual's sense of who they are based on which social group(s) they belong to. Social identities allow individuals to have a sense of belonging. These groups can consist of but are not limited to:
- Social class
- Memberships in different organizations/clubs
- and many more...
Power is the ability to influence and make decisions that impact others
Privilege is advantages and benefits that individuals receive because of social groups they are perceived to be a part of. Privilege is often a result of systematic targeting and/or marginalization of another social group.
Social justice is the practice of allyship and coalition work in order to promote equality, equity, respect, and the assurance of rights within and between communities and social groups.