Presentation on theme: "Small Group Dialogues on Diversity, Oppression, & Social Justice UNC School Of Social Work Jumpstart: Preparation For Practice August 15, 2014."— Presentation transcript:
Small Group Dialogues on Diversity, Oppression, & Social Justice UNC School Of Social Work Jumpstart: Preparation For Practice August 15, 2014
Welcome!! “In this activity, we will reflect on the legacies of oppression & social change that profoundly influence the practice of social work … We will begin to know one another as advocates; discuss the History of Oppression & Resistance; share experiences; & understand how awareness & confrontation of social injustice are woven into the curriculum. Our hope is that you will leave appreciating the gravity of the issues, coupled with excitement & hopefulness about your potential as agents of positive change.” From Jump Start Program: To lay a foundation for active reflection on oppression & social injustice throughout your social work education. Purpose of the Dialogues:
Why is this Important? Conscious, critical reflection on social justice is central to social work practice & relevant to all work with marginalized groups Oppression often relies on unconscious, uncritical acceptance of assumptions AND, human service systems have the potential to perpetuate & reinforce oppression
From the Code of Ethics Social workers pursue social change…with & on behalf of vulnerable & oppressed groups Social workers act to expand choice & opportunity…with special regard for vulnerable, disadvantaged, oppressed, & exploited people Social workers promote policies & practices that demonstrate respect for difference …safeguard rights…& confirm equity & social justice Social workers act against … domination, exploitation, & discrimination based on race, ethnicity, national origin, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender expression, age, marital status, politics, religion, immigration, disability
Advocate’s Autobiography A chance to share experiences that shaped you as an advocate Share an example (a critical incident, perhaps) from your own life What was important or significant about this experience? How did it support or challenge your assumptions & world views? What did you learn about the joyful &/or painful dimensions of advocacy? What lessons have you carried forward?
Five Faces of Oppression The fruits of labor of one group are used to benefit another, to maintain power, status, & wealth Exploitation Exclusion from the economy resulting in material deprivation & dependency, loss of privacy, choice, inclusion Marginalization Lack of authority or means to exercise rights. Persons are devalued, cannot develop capacities Powerlessness Establishment of a dominant group’s experience, culture, & understanding as the norm; others rendered invisible &/or deviant. Cultural Imperialism Directed at members of vulnerable or marginalized groups; violence is systemic, tolerated, & based on fear & bigotry. Violence
Exploitation Chinese immigrants Chinese Exclusion Act of 1882 African Americans Persistent exploitation of sharecroppers Tuskegee experiments American Indians Taking & mismanagement of Native land
Marginalization Exclusion of women & people of color from labor protections Educational segregation of African American students Exclusion of Jewish persons from labor force & engagement in social & economic institutions
Powerlessness Reproductive & sexual exploitation/colonization, & political disenfranchisement of women Institutionalization & oppression of persons with disabilities
Cultural Imperialism Oppression based on culturally constructed & sanctioned hierarchies of race, gender, sexual orientation, disability, & birthplace Black Codes Women’s Suffrage Redlining & the GI Bill Discrimination against Mexican Americans
Discussing the material in the form of “dialogue”
Dialogue: A Unique Process Focus: Binaries Goals: Persuade others & point out flaws Success: Persuasiveness of argument, winning Debate Focus: A range of perspectives Goals: Analysis & understanding Success: Decisions, conclusions, action steps Discussion Focus: Personal experience Goals: Awareness, empathy, appreciation of complexity, identification of shared & disparate experiences Success: Depth of understanding, continued dialogue, collaboration Dialogue
Dialogue Guidelines Assume positive intent Articulating our thoughts can be tricky – let’s give each other space to say things imperfectly, &/or try again Ask clarifying questions focused on understanding rather than debating “Help me to understand …” “I’m curious about …” “My experience with that has been a little different” Commit to confidentiality, realizing its limits Monitor your level of participation
Online Course Discussion What is striking to you from the material that you reviewed? What feelings are evoked? What could you relate to on a personal or professional level? What was surprising to you? Beginning the discussion Where do you see the legacy of these historical events playing out in our society & culture presently? How might dynamics of oppression impact the lives of your clients &/or your work with them? Deepening the discussion What patterns do you see/hear? Why does understanding this history matter? Synthesizing
Social Work Education Explores social injustice in historical, personal, institutional, & cultural manifestations Develops a way of seeing & thinking about the people whom we serve Fosters the ability to function as an ALLY
What is an Ally? “… a member of a dominant group [who] works to dismantle any form of oppression from which she or he receives benefit [&] who engages in intentional, overt, consistent activity that makes privilege visible & facilitates empowerment of persons targeted by oppression” Ayvazian, 2004
Becoming an Ally Awareness of … One’s privilege & role in oppression The experience of oppression for marginalized groups Analysis of… Interactions & systems that promote or condone oppression Action… Speaking out against oppressive statements, actions, systems Joining with other allies & members of oppressed groups in social action Accountability… To oneself, one’s ethical code, one’s clients, one’s community Commitment to ongoing education & self reflection
Inspiration! Quotes shared by School of Social Work Faculty Which ones resonate particularly for you?
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