FAIRFIELD — Sacred Heart University’s department of Catholic studies and Center for Catholic Studies will present a panel discussion on white privilege.

“Heart Challenges Hate — A Discussion Series: Wrestling with the Legacy of America’s ‘Original Sin’” will be held at 7 p.m., Wednesday, June 24, accessible through YouTube.

A panel moderated by Michelle Loris, associate dean of SHU’s College of Arts & Sciences, will address: What is white privilege? How is it embedded in our societal institutions? How does white privilege maintain racial injustice? Why is racism a sin?

Racism is woven into the fabric of American culture and society, Loris said. White privilege is both the cause and the legacy of racism. As a nation we must address the legacy of this “original sin” which is rampant and virulent in our country today, she said.

Panelists include June Ann Greeley, associate professor in the departments of language and literature and Catholic studies; Crystal Hayes, a clinical associate professor of social work; Julie Lawrence, executive director of diversity and inclusion; Jill Manit, a clinical assistant professor of social work; Jennifer McLaughlin, a history instructor; Amanda Moras, an associate professor of sociology; and Jill Plummer, a Catholic studies lecturer.

The event is free and open to the public.