COMMUNICATION can only occur when we understand hidden
attitudes and how they affect our behavior.
the workshops, participants are introduced to new ways of
looking at oppression (or ways we have been hurt), and behavior,
in a safe, supportive environment.
focus will be on how we internalize misinformation from oppression
and act it out in the way we perceive and relate to others.
As we begin to understand how internalized oppression affects
our thinking and attitudes, we see how the resulting patterns
of behavior affect communication between individuals, within
groups, and between groups.
ultimate goal of the workshops is to increase self-awareness
and establish common ground with others, for the key to opening
our appreciation of others is a better understanding of ourselves.
When we can define and recognize forms of oppression that
affect all of us, we begin to relate to each other as individuals
and build alliances.
a focus on better understanding each other and building alliances,
workshop participants will:
EXPLORE early conditioning to see how it affects our perceptions and
IDENTIFY patterned behavior and misconceptions that limit our ability
to communicate, so that we can begin to unlearn and discard
DIFFERENTIATE between true expressions of cultural heritage and self-defeating
behaviors that arise from oppression.
LEARN how internalized oppression can create conflict and anger,
divide groups, deter development of leadership, and dilute
RECOGNIZE racism and other forms of oppression so that we can overcome
fear and guilt in order to become allies.
FOCUS on the positive qualities and traditions of our cultural backgrounds,
to help us understand ethnic pride.