Learning to Listen: Non defensive listening strategies to become a strong ally

Title: Learning to Listen: Non defensive listening strategies to become a strong ally
Location: University Centre (UC) 441, University of Guelph
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Want to learn how to deepen your anti-oppression practice? Ever felt defensive when receiving some feedback?

Learning how to listen to comments, concerns, and feedback about the privilege you hold is a tool you will return to again and again as we work to build inter-personal, organizational and institutional relationships that challenge systemic oppressions. It can be difficult to hear when you are being racist, or ableist, but responses of defensiveness and denial can be subtle, and can still cause harm.

Together in this space we will learn about our defensiveness, and how to stay open and grounded so that these moments can be opportunities to further deepen our anti-oppressive practices.

Workshop facilitator:
Leah is a community organizer based in Toronto, that has spent over a decade involved in struggles for justice within apartheid Canada. Leah’s involvement in the environmental movement led her to stand in solidarity with Indigenous communities in the struggle for Sovereignty and Self-Determination. Leah has also been part of building communities that fight for justice for queer and trans people, women, low-income, disabled and racialized people. She has worked with groups across Turtle Island on fighting sexism, homophobia and trans-phobia and in solidarity with the movement for migrant justice.

Please note: The building and the room are wheelchair accessible, and there are accessible washrooms. Child care is available – please get in touch so we know numbers and ages and can plan appropriate activities.

Start Time:  6.00 pm

Date: 2014-05-13

Finish Time:  8:00 pm