Prejudice Reduction Approach


This training approach is based on the notion that individuals need to be in touch with their own privilege and oppression and find ways to address the effects of injustice on their own, often prejudiced, perceptions of the world. The goal is to empower people to become agents of change by moving through their own guilt and the resulting prejudice and anger and to build alliances with others of different racial, ethnic, and other cultural backgrounds who are committed to doing the same. (See Bibliography: Colorado Progressive Coalition)

The National Coalition Building Institute writes the following: "Guilt is the glue that holds prejudice in place. When people feel bad about themselves they do not have the courage to make constructive changes. Similarly, blaming people for their prejudicial attitudes only increases defensiveness, making it harder for people to take an honest look at the negative attitudes that they have acquired." (See Bibliography: Shapiro; DeRosa)

This approach to inclusiveness training is very much embedded in the belief that change will occur only when individuals understand their own history and become committed agents of change with other, like-minded individuals.

This approach tends to focus on similarities among individuals. It is based on the notion that people need to develop empathy for others and develop common ground with others. (See Bibliography: DeRosa)


Overview: Training Approaches

Intercultural/Valuing Differences Approach

Anti-Racism Approach  

Benefits and Limitations of Training Approaches

Selecting a Training Approach