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Chris Girman, Ph.D., J.D., is an assistant professor specializing in creative nonfiction for the Department of Literary Arts at Point Park University. He is an immigration attorney and has taught middle school for several years. His latest work of creative nonfiction, “Wrestling Windmills,” appears in the anthology What I Didn’t Know: True Stories of Becoming a Teacher (2016).
In our current, cultural landscape there are many divisive topics that individuals associate with while dismissing contrary perspectives. It is easy to disregard what someone else has to say when there is a gap in empathy and connectivity. The goal of this exercise, in dismantling, or “checking one’s privilege”, is to allow students to see what kind of advantages they may take for granted while overlooking some of the obstacles others may have to face on a daily basis.