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In this workshop, we’ll discuss the intersection of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI)and mental health, how the current DEI space is failing us and ways to move forward.
About this Event
Real talk: what in the world is happening with the DEI space? As practitioners working at the intersection of DEI and mental health, we are failing the field. This session explores the limitations and inherent issues of how the mainstreaming of DEI has replicated the very dynamics it seeks to dismantle. Is DEI enough to meet the moment and movements we’re in now? Has it ever been enough? And if DEI will not save us, what do we practice instead?
Our session will be a mix of micro “lecture-rants,” small group discussions, and full group reconnects. We practice the art of adaptability, and while there is a set agenda, we also move where the conversation takes us. Consider this a “lab” where we’ll be co-questioning, co-exploring, and co-ranting together, which is an elegant way of saying that we are not experts, simply curious learners seeking community feedback. This particular conversation gets us fired up so we invite you to bring your questions, tensions, and rage about the current state of DEI. Let us rage together.
Our instructors are Connie Chiu and Dena Scott.
Connie Chiu is a DEI practitioner focused on racial justice and movement building. She holds race, identity, and healing at the center of her work through trust-building, humility, and humor. She is a lover of stories and storytelling, and her hobbies include second-hand bookstores, creative writing, public transportation, music that moves, nourishing people through food, and complicated conversations.
Dena Scott is a licensed clinical psychologist driven to listen, serve, and connect. She was called to the mental health field as a young child and considers her career her heart’s work. When she is not engaging in her heart’s work, she can be found listening to anything neosoul, connecting with loved ones, reading an intriguing article, or painting another colorful canvas for her walls.
At AAJIL, we believe in practicing a culture of mutual, relational generosity rather than a culture of the commodity. Please consider showing your gratitude and appreciation for Connie and Dena’s labor in offering this free learning opportunity by donating directly to them: Venmo @connienichiu or PayPal: paypal.me/andnowcollective