Workshop Descriptions

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SJE Workshop Offerings

  • Step Up Bystander Intervention Training
  • Inclusion Workshop
  • Social Justice Language and Key Concepts Workshop
  • Social Identity and Group Dynamics Workshop
  • Intersectionality Workshop

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View full descriptions of each workshop below.

**All workshops require a minimum of 2-3 weeks of advance notice of expected event date. Each workshop is designed for 90 minutes of engagement and dialogue with max capacity for 60 participants. If groups exceed the size, time, or notice expectations, please contact SJE staff directly.

Cycle of Socialization

The Cycle of Socialization is a theory and resource created by Bobby Harro, which walks through the ways in which individuals receive messages about social identity throughout their life. In this workshop, facilitators will walk through the cycle, and give examples from their own lives. Participants are then given a worksheet for them to choose a social identity to map out and reflect on messages received throughout their lives. The goal of this workshop is for participants to gain an understanding of the differences between personal, cultural, and institutional messaging around social identities, as well as allow them an opportunity to reflect on ways they have been ,socialized.

Exploring Social Identity

In this workshop, participants will have an opportunity to reflect on social identities such as race, ethnicity, gender, sex, class, ability, citizenship, age, and religion. Facilitators will help participants explore the concepts of social identity, and the ways in which they experience power, privilege and/or marginalization as a result of having these identities.

Social Justice - Key Concepts

While Social Justice language is used on many college campuses, time is rarely spent ensuring a mutual understanding of these terms. In this workshop, participants will assess their own understanding of common social justice key concepts such as prejudice, discrimination, and oppression. In this assessment, participants will compare their own understanding with definitions provided and articulate how these concepts show up in their everyday lives.

Intersectionality Workshop

“There is no such thing as a single-issue struggle, because we do not live single issue lives” – Audre Lorde. This workshop is designed for participants who have already completed the Social Identity workshop or have a deeper understanding of social identity. Participants will have an opportunity to share personal narratives of how their social identities layer and relate to each other. Facilitators will help the group further explore the dynamics of power, privilege, and oppression woven within each intersection of their identities.

Step-Up Bystander Intervention Training

Step Up is a bystander intervention training program that aims to create a more engaged Northwestern community by providing students, faculty, and staff with the basic tools to safely and effectively intervene in situations where someone might be in danger. Participants in this 90 minute training will leave with an understanding of the barriers to intervention and the strategies they can take to intervene.

Demystifying Class

Oftentimes most people are assumed to be “middle class”– but who really is middle class? And what does that mean? Request this workshop to better understand class/socioeconomic status, your own class identity, and how class impacts your Northwestern experience. Participants will leave with a common understanding and framework along with some tools to start noticing how class and classism play out in their everyday lives.