From March to May, Building the Fugitive Academy (BFA) is hosting an international virtual conference series, “Communication, Culture, Media, & Rhetoric Scholars on the Work of Transformation.” BFA will feature experts, activists, and academics from all over the world to speak on ways in which the culture around labor and scholarship ought to transform.
Dr. Srivi Ramasubramanian’s recorded workshop titled "Thriving Against Whiteness" will also feature University of Memphis Associate Professor, Dr. Andre E. Johnson and is moderated by UT Austin Faculty Member Jo Hsu. This session will take place on Friday, March 19, 2021 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ET (10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. CT) over Zoom. Dr. Srivi and Dr. Johnson will use an interactive hands-on workshop format. They will focus on self-compassion in responding to micro-aggressions and macro-aggressions for the end goal of mutual accountability. For the first half-hour, Dr. Srivi will speak and then spend the remainder for Q&A.
Dr. Srivi and Dr. Johnson will address topics such as:
Holistic approaches to wellbeing
The three components of self-compassion
Approaches to cognitive reframing
The necessity of friendships outside of the institution
As a Professor and Presidential Impact Fellow, Dr. Srivi will draw information about working in higher education from her own experience and research. In this presentation, she will draw on her experience living as a brown immigrant woman, her scholarship on inclusive communication, and her community-based diversity initiatives. She will share some personal reflections on tools and strategies that helped her thrive within historically white communities and workplaces.
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Content-wise, the workshop conducted by Dr. Srivi’s seminar will include skill-building around two deliverables: developing strategies for navigating whiteness in the academy and cultivating communities of care.
In a space as white as academia, Dr. Srivi aims to develop actionable strategies for BIPOC and allies to work in the face of whiteness. Dr. Srivi also hopes to teach on cultivating communities of care for intersectionally marginalized groups existing in the academy.
This workshop will help attendees to think about how they might navigate their institutions. In turn, this session will facilitate audiences in creating tactics of self-care outside of their academic communities.
Notably, the session will be recorded so anyone can return to the recording to view it.
The workshop will take place right before the unrecorded session on "Thriving Against Whiteness."