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Escaping from Oppressive Spaces: Exploring the Healing of the Freedom Closet

27 Oct 2021
10:10 am

Escaping from Oppressive Spaces: Exploring the Healing of the Freedom Closet

Session Description

This session will explore the concept of oppressive workspaces as experienced by BIPOC. Although social workers embrace the values and ethics of the profession, oppression in our work environments continue to exist resulting in the need to retreat to safe spaces.  Attendees will engage in dialogue about psychological safety and ways in which safety is found in private gatherings or Freedom Closets.

Session Objectives:

  1. Attendees will learn about the implicit and explicit forms of racial oppression that exist in the workplace.

  2. Attendees will understand how bias, micro aggressions, and stereotype threats go unchecked in the workplace.

  3. Attendees will explore the importance of psychological safety for BIPOC in the workplace.

  4. Attendees will understand how informal safe spaces in the workplace are created by BIPOC as a refuge from the effects of white dominant culture.

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