chapter  9
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Intergroup Dialogue Pedagogy: Teaching about Intersectional and Under-examined Privilege in Heterosexual, Christian, and Jewish Identities

Teaching about social identity privilege, or the unearned societal advantages conferred upon someone based on their social group identity (race, social class, gender, sexual orientation), provokes controversy in many higher education classrooms (Bell, Love, & Roberts, 2007). Challenging oppression and reducing bias require critical understanding of institutional and structural forms of social identity-based privilege (Adams, Bell, & Griffi n, 2007). An examination of the intersection of various social identities as they relate to power and privilege may provide a more nuanced understanding of the socially constructed nature of power imbalances (Zúñiga, Nagda, Chesler, & Cytron-Walker, 2007).