In this blog, I am to educate but to also answer any questions you may have about my work. All questions are posted anonymously, so feel free to ask anything. I look forward to your questions, comments & conversation.
What do we do with our privilege? With our privilege, how do we become an ally for underrepresented individuals?
You seek to understand how your privilege further oppresses others and seek to educate yourself every single day to decolonize your mind and actions. Simultaneously, seeking to educate others through meaningful (not preachy or condescending) dialogue. The best way to have dialogue (IMO) is to ask questions like ” I wonder what this would look like from another person’s perspective and how it might be hurtful or impactful”.
If whiteness or privilege (as we all have...more
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Based off the reading, “Developing a Positive White Identity” by the Unitarian Universalist Association, we will examine how white privilege still pervades social justice movements and allyships in subtle and implicit ways. Examining the white progressive lens of power and privilege in a politically divisive climate is paramount in disentangling ourselves from our complicity in white supremacy and privilege.
Objectives: In this discussion based workshop, we will deconstruct one event in popular culture that creates space to moves beyond marches and political activism and better...more
Stories are a deep part of how meaning is attached to the way we move through the world. Examining our attachment to our stories can be traumatic, healing and ultimately transformative. In this discussion based workshop, participants will create a story map describing parts of their lives where they experienced the most socialization around their social identities of race, class, gender, ability, sexual identity etc. They will then share those stories with a partner to examine how they can shift the meaning of the story.
Objectives: Participants will participate in a storytelling...more
This workshop can be used as a stand alone or a Tier 2 springboarding off the first workshop about implicit bias and microaggressions. This workshop provides opportunities for participants to engage in understanding steps and tools for engaging in real- life scenarios to interrupt bias and microaggressions when they come up. This helps participants start to practice and begin to engage in deep, meaningful conversations about power and privilege without blame and shame. We practice listening exercises and patterns of communication that help open up intergroup dialogue and understanding. We...more
This workshop actively engages participants to evaluate the way we are socially constructed and how that plays into our daily experiences with others. This workshop examines not only how we are socially constructed through macro factors like race, class, gender, age, ability etc. but also how we might hinder our working relationships based on these socialized biases through small biased acts called “microaggressions”. The goal of both workshops (Tier 1 and 2) is to not just become more aware of our biases but to directly interrupt them when they are happening. This Tier 1 workshop...more
Based on Joy’s TedTalk: From Sabotage to Support: Women liberating women in the workplace, we discuss how women sabotage each other under a patriarchal system and how to better support each other in the workplace. This is open for all genders as this can be informative for all.
Objectives: In this workshop, we will examine how women have been socialized to second guess, people please and undervalue ourselves to accommodate patriarchal notions of our place in the workplace. We will learn how to identify these sabotaging moves and how we can start to better support each...more