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Saturday, August 4 • 11:15am - 12:00pm
Beyond Equality and Inclusion: Reimagining our Vision of Social Change - Sam Bullington

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The imagined destination for social justice in U.S. society is often termed as “equality” and “inclusion” but what are the power dynamics inherent in this model? Such models are based on assimilation into a dysfunctional mainstream, which requires marginalized peoples to become more like privileged folks and doesn’t require privileged folks to change at all. Their role is “helping” marginalized folks become more like them, which will only bolster their dominance in society and perpetually create new outsider groups. I instead call for a decentering framework to prioritize marginalized voices/well-being and point to the need for change within privileged communities—for their own happiness, in addition to a more just society. Sam Bullington is a college professor, writer and public speaker, shamanic counselor and healer, and founder and director of Phoenix, Colorado's Transgender Community Choir.

Saturday August 4, 2018 11:15am - 12:00pm MDT
7 - Workshop Tent