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Processing (election) emotions with acknowledgement, acceptance, and presence – option 2 (Webinar)
October 27, 2020 @ 10:00 AM - 11:30 AMFree
Faculty who identify as white are invited to gather in community on a 90-minute Zoom video call, to discuss issues surrounding the upcoming elections. This affinity session is for white faculty to explore/unpack their potentially racialized thoughts and feelings, as they relate to the theme of politics and elections, in the absence of Black, Indigenous, or People of Color (BIPOC). For a more nuanced explanation of why this is a useful approach to anti-racist informed work, please see: Becoming an Anti-Racist White Ally: How a White Affinity Group Can Help and Being Mindful of Race Guidelines for Forming Racial Affinity Groups Particularly in the current moment, topics such as policing, the pandemic and government’s response to it, barriers to voting, and others are highly racialized and politicized. What does this mean in terms of how we engage with our students, colleagues, families, communities, and even ourselves? How can we center our own wellness, and at the same time remain open to the way things are right now?
Please read the following article before attending (not required): https://www.vox.com/policy-and-politics/2018/10/16/17980820/trump-obama-2016-race-racism-class-economy-2018-midterm
About the Facilitator
jenny sippel (she/her/hers) is an anti-racist activist, educator, game enthusiast, mindfulness practitioner, and musician. As a faculty Librarian & Instructor at Minneapolis Community & Technical College she teaches Information Literacy & Library Information Technology courses, has served as Coordinator of Library Operations and Information Studies department, and as a Programming Consultant for the Center for Teaching and Learning. Since returning from a sabbatical focused on contemplative pedagogy in higher education, jenny has been investigating intersections of mindfulness and equity, in part through MN State Innovation grant funded projects themed, “A Mindful Path Toward Equity.” She enjoys being active, spending time outside, and exploring on her own and with her beloved family and friends.
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