A personalized exploration of motivation and means to attend to social equity in the spaces we create in our work and lives.
About this Event
What is it like for a Black person to navigate America? How can we take the time to consider what truly makes an African American person feel safe, seen and celebrated? Micah shares his own personal story about navigating a landscape of racism and asks us what role we are willing to play and what actions are we willing to take toward creating equity in our lives, our work and our community.
There is a vast difference between stating that your institution or organization is “welcome to all” versus “this space is intended for you.” The former lets people know anyone can come through the doors, but it doesn’t necessarily mean that the principles, policies or mission will be inclusive to them. The latter clearly states that if someone does come into the space, there was attention and intention in its creation to take into account the needs of the array of human identities too often relegated to the margins, whether Latinx, Black or other people of color; LGBTQ+; people with accessibility needs; immigrants; elders; etc.
This workshop will braid strands of mindfulness; particular media, fiction, and – most importantly – personal stories; and reflections prompted by these stories and by questions on your own experiences. This weave of considering the universal aspects of narrative, focusing our attention in the present moment, and tuning into our thoughts and questions, will spur our exploration and dialogue of what is; what it could mean to create spaces intended for all of us; and what it would mean for our own good work to commit to taking action to get there.
This workshop is one in a series featuring story curators and tellers from different marginalized groups sharing their personal stories in order to provoke listeners to ask “what changes can I make within my life, communities and organizations to truly make the spaces created intended for all?”
Julie Novak (she/her), co-founder of TMI Project, will provide support in the facilitation of this offering , which will feature stories selected and told by:
Micah (he/him) is of mixed race (black and white) and mixed religion, and grew up in two different socio-economic homes. He is a cisgendered, working/middle class parent of two living on Munsee/Lenape land in the Mahicantuck Valley, commonly referred today as Kingston, NY, working to prove possibility and to liberate the imagination in order to see a Just Transition.
In lieu of a set registration fee, we are requesting $25 to help underwrite the cost of offering this workshop. GWI does not want your current access to financial resources to impede your participation. We don’t know whether your current access to financial resources is ample or limited. We are grateful to receive an offering aligned with what you can give, which may be more or less than $25. Please select only one ticket type per person upon registering.