How Can I Create Positive Change?

Self-Work

  • Begin by asking yourself these questions: 1) what does my lived experience lead me to believe? and 2) how do I feel about other perspectives?
  • Understand and accept otherness. Groups with inequitable access to power are encompassed in the notion of otherness
    • Learn more about this here: http://othersociologist.com/otherness-resources/
  • What are your privileged identities? Learn how you may consciously and/or subconsciously impact others due to your privileged identities.
    • Not sure what your privileged identities are? Take this quiz here: http://www.buzzfeed.com/regajha/how-privileged-are-you#.atzKvrmpo
  • Research, read, watch videos, and attend events to raise your consciousness!

Speak Out

Bystander Intervention - When made aware of an act of bias, intervene as a bystander!

Bystander effect is a social-psychological phenomenon where individuals do not offer any means of help in an emergency situation to the victim when other people are present

http://www.upworthy.com/its-heartbreaking-to-see-how-people-react-to-the-first-half-of-his-test-compared-to-the-second-2?c=ufb2

5 Steps to Intervention

  1. Notice the Event
  2. Decide if the event is a problem or an emergency
  3. Assume personal responsibility
  4. Know how to help
  5. Implement the help

Advocate for Change

Understand Ally vs. Activism

Allyship

Problems: Rather than empowering social action, allyship gives people with dominant identities a title for another identity group. This creates space for entitlement, rather than proactive activism to disrupt oppressive happenings.

Activism

While being cognizant of privilege and how that impacts a community, this is process resulting from actions taken for the goal of social change!

Basic ways to engage in activism

  • Educate others
  • Utilize your circle of influence to disrupt exclusion and discrimination
  • Community Orgs
  • Writing, dancing, or any form or art
  • Intervening in injustice
  • Rallies, forums, protests
  • Write a letter to figures, conduct surveys

SUBMIT A REPORT

Report a bias incident