How Culture Matters: Tools for Social Justice through Self-Empowerment

Gazelle Samizay and Helena Zeweri will be co-leading a social justice workshop at the 2018 Afghan American Conference at NYU:

Through interactive writing and dialogue, we will explore how personal stories and histories can empower participants to contribute to social justice efforts. More specifically, participants will be asked to think about how culture has played a role in both enabling and hindering their involvement and interest in broader social and political issues. Through encouraging an honest exploration of individual life stories, including the role of gender, race, and class, we will collectively brainstorm which cultural norms we can (re)activate in order to meaningfully participate in different civic, political, and social advocacy efforts.

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