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Looking at Wednesday’s SEAT at the Table events and workshops

Amanda Hitchcock

On Wednesday, Oct. 28, SEAT at the table will continue to educate the Springfield College community with their program. Wednesday will have six programs scheduled throughout the day. All panels will be held on zoom due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Kicking off Wednesday’s SEAT at the table is Paris Lizana, Rebecca Lartigue, and Lakeisha Reed event of Exploring Race and Class Biases Against Personal Names

This workshop will dive deep into the issues of racism, classism, and implicit biases around personal names. The panel will also explore the effect of people circulating urban legends and mocking names for expressing ethnic identities. 

The second workshop held on Wednesday is Alysia Douglas and Sarah Zehnder’s Dancehall. This session is a part of a series titled “Dancers Against Racism: Move for the movement.” The class will focus on the fundamentals of dancehall, which originated out of Jamaica. Here students will learn the history behind dancehall, the steps, and how to execute them. 

Up next is Anthony Hill’s panel on Promoting Peace, Hope, and Healing: Moving from Surviving to Thriving. Hill’s presentation will focus on how members of the Springfield College community can have peace, hope, heal, and be effective in their role as student, faculty, and staff.

Muscular Christianity and Indigenitery, facilitated by Adam Jacobs, takes the next slot of Wednesday’s SEAT program. In this panel Jacob talks about the spread of “Muscular Christianity” and the utilization of YMCAs to promote entwinement of physical activity and spiritual devotion. 

Allison Gagne takes the next spot with her talk about Understanding and Interrupting White Fragility.

“The workshop includes exploring the definition of ‘white fragility’ through video clips, self-reflection, a spectrum activity and case studies to explore how to address white fragility,” Gagne said.

“White folks in particular will be able to identify times in which their own actions have derailed more important conversations about race, racism, diversity and inclusion, and how they can constructively address those actions in themselves and others,” she added

The last event on Wednesday is Egeria Koehn’s talk about Decrypting Stereotypes Against Black Women. This workshop is an open and honest discussion about stereotypes of black women and how communities can help improve the way society views them.

Wednesday’s workshops are only a small part of the week-long event focused on understanding social inequalities.

Photo: Office of Multicultural Affairs

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