Thursday, April 6, 2017

Workshop: Addressing Racism: Examining our racist stories

Racism exists, and not in neat tidy boxes with big clear labels. Sometimes racism is hateful, sometimes ignorant, sometimes racism is unintentional, sometimes it is from someone you love, sometimes it is internal, sometimes racism manifests in more ways than one - what we do know is that racism is everywhere. We were taught racism at school, read racism in books, watched it in old westerns, we sang along to racist songs before we understood what racism was. But racism exists still. 1 in 5 people experience racism at sports events, 1 in 3 people experience racism in the workplace, and 1 in 3 people take a stand against racism.

Be the 1 in 3 and interrogate how systemic racism can be found in the stories we see, hear and share as a society, and use StoryWork to find out how you can make sure the stories you tell aren’t just not racist, but they are stories that combat the old racist narratives. Storytelling can help expose the dominant racial forces that materialise through lived experiences.

Hosted by Sparking Change and Lana Woolf 
Who is this workshop aimed at?
YOU & EVERYONE - We all live in a racist world and are bombarded with racists stories, so this workshop is aimed at everyone who wants to positively work on their racism by analysing the racist stories we are taught to live by.

How much does it cost?
$75 unwaged
$125 waged
Option to pay 1/2 deposit and 1/2 on first night workshop
$37.50 unwaged x 2
$62.50 Waged x 2

The workshop is on three consecutive Fridays:
Friday 30th June 2017
Friday 7th July 2017
Friday 14th July 2017 

Knowledge Market
Shop 8-10, 892 Bourke Street, Docklands, Victoria 3008
The times each week are the same:
start 6.30pm and finish 9.00pm 

 Bookings: HERE

What do I need to bring to the workshop?
Please bring any snacks you may need, a pen and notebook (no computers please).
Herbal teas, coffee and water will be available.

Workshop Outline:
This workshop is designed to help participants to understand the origins of racist attitudes, how racist attitudes are developed, and maintained and to establish personal goals for resisting racism.

The activities, exercises and concepts in this workshop have been arranged so that participants are able to explore racial attitudes and feelings in an open environment. Each component in the workshop has a specific identified purpose, clear instructions, and specific procedures for processing your reactions. We also cover the five primary awareness orientations, Condemnation, Discrimination, Tolerance, Acceptance, and Affirmation.

The primary goals in this workshop are; increasing awareness of racial issues, building a personal involvement with the problem of racism, developing personal flexibility in responding to racism, and making a commitment to change one small part of one’s own racism (internal or external).

The workshop content includes:

  • Cultural diversity is a reality
  • The language of racism is always changing
  • Exploring myths and stereotypes
  • The myths and realities of History
  • Cultural hierarchy
  • Looking at ones’ own racist attitudes and behaviours
  • Connecting systemic racism and the individual
  • Managing diversity and difference
  • Creating cultural change and valuing ethnic diversity