News and Announcements | April 14, 2023

Student created and led experiential sessions on anti-racism, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging

On Wednesday 4/26 and 5/3 the Silberman School of Social Work, MSW course, Critical Social Work: Bridging the Micro-Macro Divide with Applied Theatre, presents four student created and led experiential sessions that explore topics in anti-racism, diversity, equity, inclusion, and belonging (ADEIB).

Click on the workshop titles in the schedule below to learn more and register. All workshops are held on Zoom. Space is limited.

Workshop Schedule

Wednesday 4/26
1:00 – 2:10pm: Over, With: Exploring Communication and Conflict
10-minute break
2:15 – 3:25pm: Identifying White Supremacy in the Body

Wednesday 5/3
1:00 – 2:10pm: What is Gender Affirming Practice? An Immersive Exploration
10-minute break
2:15 – 3:25pm: Mental Health Possibilities for Silberman/Hunter Students

Questions? Contact Alexis Jemal at aj1423@hunter.cuny.edu. These workshops made possible by a CUNY Transformative Learning in the Humanities (TLH) grant. Learn more about TLH.


Over, With: Exploring Communication and Conflict

When: Wednesday 4/26, 1:00 – 2:10pm
Student Group/Company: Radical Rhizomes
Participants: All are welcome

In this hour-long experiential workshop, CUNY community members are invited to join in applied theater games to connect with one another and explore how we show up in (mis)communication & conflict in relationship to our roles and identities.

Registration Link: Over, With: Exploring Communication and Conflict

Learning Objectives:

  • Relationship building:
    • Participants will be able to collaborate and communicate with groups members who hold varying positions within CUNY to complete the session activity
  • Critical consciousness raising:
    • Participants will be able to identify how miscommunication feels in their bodies
    • Participants will begin to normalize conflict and practice critical reflection and accountability
      • challenging our initial instincts during instances of conflict
    • Participants will begin to understand how the individual experience is connected to the systemic issues
  • Role investigation:
    • Participants will work to understand our roles in communication within social groups
    • Participants will explore different roles in experiences of miscommunication
    • Participants will interrogate how our social positions and power differentials affect our experiences in classrooms/within systems

Identifying White Supremacy in the Body

When: Wednesday 4/26, 2:15 – 3:25pm
Student Group/Company: The Enders
Participants: All are welcome

A 60-minute long experiential workshop using applied theatre techniques to explore and identify how white supremacy lives in the body. Content Warning: This session will include clips/content with examples of white supremacy as a tool for reflection.

Registration Link: Identifying White Supremacy in the Body

Learning Objectives:

  • Help people identify how they feel in their bodies when exposed to white supremacy (WS) culture
  • Acknowledge the impact of WS on our bodies
  • Exercise the skill of identifying how WS shows up in spaces (educational, personal, professional, etc)

What is Gender Affirming Practice? An Immersive Exploration

When: Wednesday 5/3, 1:00 – 2:10pm
Student Group/Company: Queer Quorum
Participants: All are welcome, especially Silberman students/ faculty

This hour-long workshop will allow participants to think creatively about what would be affirming for gender expansive clients in a clinical setting by watching and participating in a family therapy roleplay scene.

Registration Link: What is Gender Affirming Practice? An Immersive Exploration

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will have the opportunity to explore their own gender identities
  • Expand ideas about how social workers can serve trans & gender expansive (TGNB) clients
  • Examine ways that family dynamics play into care for TGNB clients

Mental Health Possibilities for Silberman/Hunter Students

When: Wednesday 5/3, 2:15 – 3:25pm
Student Group/Company: Mighty Mortals
Participants: All are welcome, especially Silberman students

Participants will participate in an engaging experiential exercise where we collectively understand the support systems that are available to students.

Registration Link: Mental Health Possibilities for Silberman/Hunter Students

Learning Objectives:

  • Participants will have the opportunity to reflect on themselves and how they handle intense mental health experiences.
  • Engage in the understanding that Hunter/Silberman does have resources that are available for all students.
  • Exploring the roles of authority in relation to students and the emotions that can arise.

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