Expanding Inclusivity Requires a Commitment To Uprooting Racism: Charting Micro-Aggressions
$37.50 – $75.00
Presenter(s): August Stockwell
Abstract: SCS has made a commitment to address social justice issues,and one example is systemic racism including police violence and the school-to-prison-pipeline. To succeed in this endeavor, we need to develop a more diverse group of charters. This requires: 1) creating a detailed outreach and support plan with the goal of increasing the diversity of the SCC community, 2) acknowledging and assessing our own racial assumptions and positions of privilege in order to create an active anti-racist verbal community, 3) and creating a healthy and safe place for people of all backgrounds. Where to start? First, we must acknowledge and evaluate our own behavioral history by teasing out what we have been ‘carefully taught’. Secondly, we must identify when and why our response is often complacency, instead of action, which has the consequence of reinforcing systemic racism and other forms of oppression. This workshop will focus on how privilege is sometimes the antecedent for intentional and unintentional racism. We will define and identify micro-aggression behaviors (e.g., are small insults, stings, and indignities) that occur between individuals and perpetuate the oppressions of another group. Participants will have the opportunity to do some discrimination exercises and discussion on the effects that microaggressions has on the receiver (e.g., anxiety, fear, and hyper-vigilance) and the deliverer (complacency,lack of empathy for others). Lastly, we will discuss how to respond when we have committed a micro-aggression, and how we can respond when we observe one occurring, and attendees will be encouraged to brainstorm other responses that can function as alternatives to microaggressions. The workshop will explore ways to use the chart to count both our own inner-behaviors and vocal verbal behavior. The SCC community stands on the premise that knowing that the frequency of our behavior is important to make effective changes in behavior. We will show examples of personal charts on actual microaggressions and charts of those that have experienced microaggressions, as well as charts that include tracking of alternative responses targeted for increase.
Objective(s): 1. Attendees will state the definitions of privilege, systemic oppression, microaggression, and intent vs. impact; 2. Given a scenario involving a microaggression, attendees will state or select why it is hurtful and its potential impact; 3. Attendees will describe the ways in which charting can be helpful in illuminating the occurrence and impacts of microaggressions, as well as how it can be used as a self-monitoring/self-management tool for behavior change; 4. Given a situation in which a microaggression is observed to occur, attendees will state an example of how to provide feedback to the person involved.