Privilege 101: Power, Privilege and Oppression in the Context of Health Equity- Fall 2017

19:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m., 18 November, 2017
A Hybrid Online/On-Site Course
Department of Physical Therapy, University of Toronto

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What is privilege and why is it important?

For health care practitioners, how can awareness of privilege have an impact on clinical practice?

How can people concerned about health equity practice allyship in their own professional contexts?

In this hybrid online/on-site course, we will explore these questions to deepen participants’ understandings of privilege and oppression and their impact on health. Using kindness, humour, critical reflection, and collaborative learning, this course will enable participants to build connections with others who are interested in developing awareness of privilege and allyship in the context of health. Participants will engage in the practical application of this new knowledge to health issues, drawing on examples from pop culture, everyday life, and clinical contexts.

Who is this course designed for: This course is particularly designed for people whose work is related to health, including clinicians, health profession educators, researchers, and people working in health policy. People from all stages of their career are welcome – from students to those in senior positions.

Time expectations: In addition to the full-day session on 18 November, participants should expect to spend 2-3 hours on pre-course learning and 1-2 hours on post-course online reflection and resource sharing. Pre-course materials will be released on 13 November.


At the conclusion of this program, participants will be able to:

  • Define and analyze privilege and its relationship to one’s own work
  • Explain why insight about privilege is relevant for health and health care
  • Describe an anti-oppression framework (i.e., the “coin model” of privilege and oppression)
  • Analyze why the coin model of privilege and oppression is relevant to one’s own work
  • Describe intersectionality and why this approach matters for health
  • Identify the tenets of allyship
  • Apply the concepts of allyship to one’s own work on health and/or social justice


Stephanie Nixon, PT, PhD, is an Associate Professor in the Department of Physical Therapy, cross-appointed at the Rehabilitation Sciences Institute and the Dalla Lana School of Public Health. She has been an HIV activist and global health researcher for 20 years. She completed her PhD in Public Health and Bioethics in 2006 at the University of Toronto, and a post-doc at the University of KwaZulu-Natal in South Africa from 2006-2008. Stephanie is co-founder and Director of the International Centre for Disability and Rehabilitation.

Stephanie is a straight, white, middle class, able-bodied, cisgender female of settler descent who tries to understand the pervasive effects of privilege. In particular, she explores the role of power and privilege in shaping health research, education and practice. She has taught faculty, clinicians, researchers and students about privilege and its relationship with health equity at the University of Toronto, York University, Ryerson University and McGill University. She has delivered addresses exploring this topic to the Canadian Conference on Global Health, the Global Symposium on Health Services Research, the Campus Alberta Student Conference on Health, St. Michael’s Hospital Annual Faculty Development Day, the Ontario Council for International Cooperation, and the Centre for Global Child Health at Sick Kids Hospital.


Rehabilitation Sciences Centre, University of Toronto
500 University Avenue, Room 140, Toronto, M5G 1V7


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Registration fees include light refreshments on 18 November and all course materials

Early Bird Fee: $275 (received on or before Monday, 2 October, 2017)

Regular Fee: $375 (received after Monday, 2 October, 2017)

A limited number of special rates are available for students and ICDR members

Early Bird Fee (Discounted): $95 (received on or before Monday, 2 October, 2017)

Regular Fee (Discounted): $170 (received after Monday, 2 October, 2017)

Students: Includes undergrads, graduate students and post-docs.

ICDR-members: Includes anyone already part of an ICDR-Group. If unclear, contact ICDR Director at

Donate a registration fee: For those with financial means who wish to donate the cost of registration to enable participation of people without the ability to pay, please contact Stephanie Nixon directly.

Early Bird Registration Deadline: 2 October 2017

Final Registration Deadline: 11 November, 2017

Phone: (416) 946-8641 • Fax: (416) 946-8562

For further information please contact:

Refund for withdrawal from the course is subject to a $75.00 administration fee and must be made 5 days prior to the commencement of the course.

The University of Toronto reserves the right to cancel in cases of insufficient registration.