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Friday, September 24 • 2:00pm - 3:00pm
When Oppression Isn't Only Systemic: How to Effectively Interrupt Racism and Sexism While Maintaining Relationships

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Even though the field of public defense is about working for justice, we know too well that the field is not exempt from oppressive beliefs, acts, and comments.

How do we live our values of working for justice, and maintain relationships, in the face of expressions of oppression, such as racism, sexism, and other '-isms' that maintain systems of power. In this interactive workshop, participants will:
  • explore how white supremacy, an overarching form of oppression, is infused in American culture and begin to envision an alternative to white supremacy culture
  • strengthen communication skills, specifically tools of non-violent communication
  • develop and practice strategies for interrupting oppression

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Lillian Huang Cummins

Mitigation Specialist, SAGE Mitigation
Lillian Huang Cummins (she/her) is a clinical psychologist and writer who has worked and volunteered at the intersections of equity, culture, health, and education for over 20 years. She is a licensed clinical psychologist in the state of California and has both research and clinical... Read More →
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Heather Sweeney

Mitigation Specialist, SAGE Mitigation
Heather Sweeney (she/her/hers) is a white cis0gender woman. She has over 30 years of experience working with adults, children, and families as a social worker, teacher, and community activist. Heather works as a Mitigation Specialist with SAGE Mitigation based in the Chicago area... Read More →

Friday September 24, 2021 2:00pm - 3:00pm EDT