We had a great first cookies and beer! We had over 10 people come to talk, learn, eat and drink. After a drink or two we decided to learn how to play Dominion. Connections' members broke out into teams and worked together towards the common goal of collecting the most Victory Cards. In the end, Mark, Shannon and Brenna came out as the top three winners...by far... But that's ok, there is also the next time!
Social Identities –
We all have different social identities. Some are visibly apparent, and others are unknown to others unless we share them. Examples of social identities include:
Race, Gender, Class, Sexual Orientation, Ability, Nationality, Religion, Education, Etc…
It is important to be aware of our own identities and respect the identities of others. Each identity comes with the potential for privilege or oppression, and many of us may have privilege in some areas while facing oppression in others.
Line of access – social identities can determine one’s ability to access opportunity.
Access can come in the form of wealth, education, home ownership, healthcare access, or many other areas. Essentially it is one’s ability to obtain the “American Dream.” Social identities can determine whether one falls above or below the line of access. Those above will face less difficulty in obtaining access, while those below may face great difficulty and oppression. It is important to be conscious of this line of access in the context of social identities.
Here is an example of the crossing of the line of access for an individual that identifies as: white, Jewish, upper middle class, cis female, bisexual, and able bodied/minded. As you can see, there are many places where this person's identity crosses the line of access. This affords increased access to some resources such as health care, while also lacking some resources such as higher education in fields that traditionally under-represent women.
Presented to Connections by Ashley Gray, Diversity and Inclusion Lead , WUSM
Blog post written by Jessica and Rebecca
The ITAP Happy Hour on September 10, 2015 from 5-7pm was a roaring success! We had 24 people at the Happy Hour, with over 15 people who were completely new to Connections. Everyone enjoyed drinks and pizza, while participating in get to know you bingo, which seemed to spark some interesting conversations! After the Happy Hour many people stayed for ITAP Trivia Night, which was so much fun that those members are discussing going back as a group for another Trivia Night. Overall, the happy hour allowed for many people to hear about Connections in a laid back and fun setting! Thank you all for making it a success!
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