“Throughout our UndocuQueer initiative we have heard so many perspectives on how to exist free from the forces of racism that take away from the value of our bodies. Indeed, our bodies consist so much of who we are, what we need, and what we want. Our wants, however, are often not shaped by us and makes us feel distanced from our bodies in harmful ways that damage our relationships with ourselves and with others. Indeed, because of shame and insecurity, we are often restrict who and what we want to fit ideals forced onto us. As we are committed to social justice, we at the New York State Youth Leadership Council feel compelled to open the space to discussions on how we relate to our bodies and others’ bodies. Thus, we are very proud to invite you to Decolonize Love!! Decolonize Love is a workshop that will attempt to create healthy perspectives of love and sex, understanding how love, sex, and power play off each other.”
Date and Time: December 9th, 2017 at 1pm
Location: NYSYLC office at 168 Canal Street 6th Floor New York, New York 10031
“The event will be structured as follows:
1pm-2pm: Ice breaker and queer identities discussion
2pm-3pm: Desirability politics: a discussion on what aspects of our lives influence who we are attracted to as romantic partners
3pm-4pm: Rape culture: a discussion on how our society normalizes sexual violence and how it shapes our relationships
4pm-5pm: food! please let us know of dietary restrictions!
5pm-6pm: Sexism: a discussion on how sexism and violence is protected
Please be mindful that this space prioritizes non-citizen & undocumented experiences. We ask that if you are not of those identities you consider whether this is your space. We recognize the subjects of our workshops are super heavy and we want to make sure the space is safe for you to engage if you choose to attend. You can choose to be present through the whole day or at a specific time. It is an open space! If you have any concerns or would like us to prepare in ways to accommodate you please let us know! As always, we are super excited to host you! We’ve hope you invite your friends! Even though this event is UndocuQueer programming, it’s open to all identities. However because of the subject matter, the event is 18+”
Rachel is currently pursuing a PhD in Social Sciences and Comparative Education at UCLA’s Graduate School of Education and Information Studies. She has worked closely with undocumented youth activists in several states, the Bhutanese refugee community and LGBT community in Oakland, California. Rachel taught in two public high schools in Okinawa, Japan for two years and has worked in the community college and higher education sector for Bunker Hill Community College, MassBay Community College, Harvard’s Graduate School of Education, Achieving the Dream, and Jobs for the Future. She received her Masters in Higher Education from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education and her Bachelors in Philosophy from the University of Chicago.
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