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.
Our trained student facilitators have prepared three interactive workshops to lead for interested clubs and organizations. 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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October 21st - The New N0rMaL?¿?: Transitioning Back During the Pandemic
This dialogue unpacks our experiences and emotions during the multifaceted transition back to campus amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. We will discuss the subjective nature of the transition and diversity of students’ lived experiences -- including topics such as mental and physical health, social life, and academics. We will also explore our individual emotions, values, and boundaries regarding campus life during the pandemic. Participants will leave the dialogue with a toolset to navigate difficult conversations that may arise among peers and other members of the Columbia-Barnard community.
November 11th - Food for Thought: Deconstructing Fatphobia
In this dialogue, we want to take a close look at how fatphobia exists in a broad cultural context and within our own campus community. We’ll get up-to-date together on popular terms and movements related to fatphobia, like “thin privilege” and “Health at Every Size.” We’ll examine how fatphobia enforces and is informed by racism, sexism, classism, ableism, and more, and examine how assumptions we make about one another based on perceived weight can be unconsciously influenced by these oppressive ideologies. Finally, we’ll check in on how we see fatphobia on campus every day, and how we can hold our community accountable.
December 2nd - Dating GU4001: Examining your attractions, preferences, and biases
This dialogue will explore how social norms and systems of oppression may impact who we are attracted to. In what ways do our implicit biases and internalized prejudices influence who we want to date? This workshop will touch on racism, fetishization, religion, and queerness in dating.