ROOTED (Respecting Ourselves & Others Through Empathy & Dialogue) is a group of trained facilitators dedicated to creating student-led spaces of solidarity, empathy and learning for members of the Columbia community to explore identity, power and privilege and how these forces impact experiences on campus and beyond.
We will be hosting two Dinner & Dialogue events in Spring 2022. Students of all identities and experiences are invited to participate in these powerful peer-facilitated conversations. Each conversation’s goal is to explore how power and privilege intersect with the topic; what participants can learn from hearing one another's experiences; and what can be collectively gained through recognizing our own power and social responsibility.
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Thursday, March 31 - Beyond 125th Street: Unpacking Safety Stereotypes in Columbia’s Surrounding Neighborhoods (6:30-8:00 p.m. in Lerner 555)
In this workshop, participants will unpack their conceptions of safety within Columbia’s surrounding communities. We will explore historical events that have impacted social dynamics in Harlem and question their role in our perception of the neighborhood. Participants will not only examine Columbia’s role in harmful public safety systems, but will also challenge their own personal thinking regarding the racialization of crime. The group will collaborate to brainstorm ways to hold ourselves and our institution accountable for socially just modes of safety.
Thursday, April 21 - Gender Reveal Party (Congrats, it’s a social construct!) (6:30-8:00 p.m. in Lerner 555)
Join us as we cut the cake to reveal that gender is a social construct! This dialogue will unpack gender norms and explore various modes of gender expression. We will discuss how gender norms originated in society and how they show up within and beyond the Columbia/Barnard community. By engaging with examples from literature, consumerism, social media, and more, we will explore what gender means to us today. Together, we will generate approaches and strategies to deconstruct gender norms and create spaces that liberate us from a gender binary and the oppressive nature of others’ expectations of our individual expression.