Join Diversity Advocacy for discussion surrounding relevant diversity and social justice topics with the McLean County YWCA. All sessions are on Thursdays from noon–1:30 p.m. in the Escalante Room, Vrooman Center. No registration is required for this event.
Lunch will be provided with a vegetarian option. If you have dietary needs, please contact Violet Benn in Diversity Advocacy at (309) 438-5818 or tnbenn@IllinoisState.edu.
Thursday, January 31, 2019
Most of us probably fall in the camp of nonracists. Nonracists do their best not to intentionally participate in overt displays of racism. And that’s good, but not good enough.
If we want be a part of achieving racial equity in our society, we need to become an antiracists. And the first thing an antiracist must do is push themselves to unlearn and unpack all the unconscious, toxic, and deeply held beliefs we all have about race. We will spend this Lunch n’ Unlearn doing just that.
Thursday, February 28, 2019
Much of what we know about gender and sexual orientation is instilled unto us at such a young age that many of us grow into fully formed adults without recognizing this "gender education." We generally never question the basis of these teaching—that is, unless we fall outside of a designated box. We will use this Lunch n’ Unlearn to step outside of and smash some of these boxes as we deconstruct our experiences in relation to patriarchy.
Thursday, March 28, 2019
There’s nothing wrong with being polite, but sometimes this construct of politeness is weaponized and used to silence those who are most marginalized. So where do we draw the line? Whom does politeness serve? When is it okay to stop being polite and start getting real? We’ll spend this Lunch n’ Unlearn session answering those questions and more.
Thursday, April 25, 2019
How much money is in your bank account right now? What is your income? Have you ever gone without food because you couldn’t afford it?
If those questions made you a bit uncomfortable to read, it may be because in the U.S. it is considered very inappropriate to ask or talk about class and money. The taboo around this topic is one of the many factors that leave us helpless do anything to end poverty and ensure everyone has what they need to survive. With economic inequality growing like never before, the time is now to get uncomfortable. In this session, we’re talking about poverty, class, and food insecurity.