Jan. 28-April 8 — Justice League Events

Contact: Rachel de Simone, Assistant Director of Residential Life, 865-5705, rdesimone@champlain.edu

Champlain College Justice League

When and where: Monday, January 28, 2013 from 3:30 – 5 pm, Hauke Boardroom

Race, Class, Gender, and Sexuality

Facilitator: Faith Yacubian, Adjunct Professor in Social Work and the Core & Jenna Roy, ’13

Description: Sociology tells us that humans are social beings and behave in compliance with or resistance to societal norms and mores. Science tells us that humans are water based, require a nervous system, and have evolved. What would you say you are? This session will look at one aspect of human existence that draws from inquires posed by the fields of philosophy and women studies. We will identify the classifications, or socially constructed labels, we inscribe on ourselves and proscribe on others and where those identities converge. We will then examine the relationship between these identities and living in an unequal society; more specifically, how the function of power-oppression marks one’s advantage or disadvantage position.

We hope you can attend, and encourage your students to attend, some or all of these events!  If you haven’t already, please also check-out and “like” our facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/ChamplainCollegeJusticeLeague

Beyond the Gender Binary

Facilitator: Nicole Holtz, Area Coordinator & Jenna Roy, ‘13

Description: An icebreaker will be selected to allow participants to get to know one another and to begin working as a team.  Viewing the first 20 minutes of the documentary Transgeneration, participants will begin to learn about common issues/life experiences of people who identify as transgender.  Reflection time will be provided after the film followed by a group discussion.  We will then discuss sex, gender identity and sexual orientation as separate self-aspects that are continuum concepts rather than categorically-based. Through our dialogue and the use of a power point we will discuss the use of inclusive language and provide tools to use when acting as an ally to the transgender community.

Date and Time: Monday, February 11, 2013 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Location: Ireland 114


If it’s not equitable & just, it’s not sustainable

Facilitator: Christina Erickson, Sustain Champlain

Description: When people hear or read the word “sustainability” they often think of the environmental aspects, but the full definition and realization of a sustainable world includes equity and justice. Join us for a presentation on this topic and discussion about what it means in our community.

Date and Time: Monday, February 25, 2013 from 3:30 – 5 pm

Location: Ireland 206


Eating Animals, Interlocking Oppressions

Facilitator: Adam Rosenblatt, Assistant Dean for Global Engagement/Assistant Professor in the Core Division

Description: The idea of “intersectionality” or “interlocking oppressions” asks us to look not just at racism, sexism, or any other single form of inequality, but rather at the interaction between different forms of identity and marginalization. This idea has become increasingly influential in scholarship and social justice advocacy. Yet even as we begin to understand these new complexities, one boundary around conversations about justice tends to be left unquestioned: the boundary between human and non-human. This workshop is about non-human animals and justice. It is not a slideshow about the horrors of factory farming; rather, it explores the connections between how we think about the animals we eat and other issues of social justice: feminism, race, and genocide. Who is rational? Who is intelligent? Who feels pain, and who cannot? All of these categories are applied to animals on a daily basis, just as they historically have been to women, blacks, Native Americans, and many other groups. The workshop will introduce attendees to recent scholarship on the interlocking cultural objectification in which women are depicted as pieces of meat, meat is sold through images of available women, and meat-eating is the only way to be a “real man” (Carol Adams). It will also describe how racial ideologies and programs of extermination have often justified themselves by marking off certain people as animals (Joanna Bourke, Richard Rorty, Jonathan Safran Foer). The presentation concludes with a group discussion of an excerpt of  Art Spiegelman’s award-winning graphic novel Maus, which makes the unexpected choice not to “humanize” Jewish Holocaust victims but rather to depict them in the animal form in which the Nazis described them: as rodents. The workshop will end with ample time for questions and discussion.

Date and Time: Monday, March 11, 2013 from 3:30 – 5 pm

Location: Morgan Room


Taking Action: Becoming an Ally

Facilitators: Faith Yacubian and Rachel de Simone

Description: What does being an ally mean? Who decides who is an ally? Is an ally different than being a person of compassion and acceptance? How does being an ally impact social justice efforts?

Together, we will discuss the multiple definitions and contexts of the word ally. We will look at the history of and present day discourses of ally identity and its relationship to social justice and civic responsibility. In doing so, we will examine the process through which ally identity, as a means towards achieving equity, is developed and is made applicable to your leadership roles or professional studies.

Date and Time: Monday, April 1, 2013 from 3:30pm-5:30pm

Location:  Ireland 217



Safe Space: Creating a Welcoming Environment for LGBTQQIAA people

Facilitator: Rachel de Simone and Nicole Holtz

Description: As Safe Space program establishes an identifiable network of people who can provide resources, support, information, and a safe place for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, and allied people within our campus community. Participants will gain knowledge and awareness of the history and legacy of LGBTQQIAA discrimination and develop skills to become advocates for the queer community; ultimately striving to create an open, welcoming, and just community free of bigotry and discrimination.

Date and Time: Monday, April 8, 2013 from 3:30 – 5:00 pm

Location: Ireland 217


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