Change is possible, and it starts with each of us!
Katherina Alvarez, Ph.D., a dog trainer, social psychologist, racial equity, and anti-oppression educator committed to collective liberation, will raise social justice awareness among our beloved dog professionals community by unlearning (un)conscious oppressive social patterns and learning anti-oppressive practices. She is the author of the newly released article The Reality of Being a Black, Indigenous, and Global Majority Dog Professional."
This webinar will discuss how oppressive systems work, how we may (un)consciously support them, how our social circumstances and privilege frequently result in power imbalances that we are unaware of, and how we can make society more fair, humane, and just. We will learn about our role in perpetuating inequitable systems and how each of us can make a difference. Working against these systems benefits everyone.
In this webinar, we will share the lived experiences of BIPGM dog professionals interviewed for a qualitative research study, as well as insights from researchers, scholars, writers, and activists leading the way to positive social change. We will speak about some of the difficulties that BIPGM dog professionals face in their daily lives and work, as well as how their experiences can inform broader discussions about social justice, equity, and inclusion. By bringing together diverse perspectives and voices, we hope to encourage a deeper discussion of the complexities of these issues and inspire meaningful action toward positive change.
We will hold a shame-free, courageous, and compassionate space, as well as encourage empathy, active listening, and a willingness to learn from BIPGM experiences. We aim to foster a positive learning environment to keep participants on the learning edge as we learn about privilege, social power, white supremacy, racism, ableism, heterosexism, and other oppressive systems.
We will create the space for acknowledging, processing, and healing from our collective history of injustice, as well as any emotions that may arise, in order to move toward healing, reparation, and reconciliation and build a stronger, more resilient community.
This unique webinar will offer insight and inspiration for building a more equitable community. You will walk away with a better understanding of how to actively work in your personal and professional lives to dismantle systemic oppression and promote positive social change.
Live Webinar with Q&A Session. Dr. Alvarez will be joined by PhD Candidate Kassidi Jones to respond to questions that have come up in the care spaces during the latter part of the webinar (see more below about care spaces). See you Wednesday, May 31st, 10am-12:30 pm Pacific Time.
Will be recorded for registered students to watch later.