Center for Faculty Innovation

Exploring Our Own Identities: Laying the Groundwork for Social Justice Action (Workshop)

Wed, 5 Aug 2020 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM

Online Synchronous Workshop

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Sign up at least one hour in advance so that the facilitator can follow-up with a conference link prior to the session. 


The first step in social justice education is to understand who we are ourselves—our own experiences, positionalities, oppressions, privileges, and more. Of course, we aren’t just one thing. Identity is messy, complicated, fluid, contextual, and intersectional. Before focusing on all of the work that folks “over there” need to do—and how we intend to support “them”—it is crucial for us to do the tough, but possibly transformative, inner work. Increased self-awareness affects how we show up for the multi-faceted students in our own courses, as well as the ways we guide interactions that account for students’ own, full selves. In this online workshop, participants will engage in a variety of activities intended to encourage critical, and sometimes uncomfortable, self-reflection and group dialogue, as a way of preparing for action.

Facilitators:

Faculty participants will make progress toward:

  • Articulating various facets of their own identity and recognizing their own intersectionality;
  • Describing privileges, oppressions, and biases, associated with different facets of their identity; and
  • Identifying areas of growth based on new self-awareness.

We want this program to be welcoming, accessible, and inclusive for all of our participants. Please reach out to us at cfi@jmu.edu or (568-4846) with any considerations (e.g., disability, wellness, cultural, dietary, etc.) you want us to know about.

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