Cornell students Brittany Atchison and Chris Davids attended the Social Justice Training Institute – a national developmental program for college students committed to dialogue regarding inclusiveness and equal access – held at the University of Illinois, May 20-25, 2008.
During the experience, students explored individual identities in an intensive laboratory setting, intending to increase their multicultural competencies as agents of social change. Participants explored facets of oppression at the individual, group, cultural and societal levels, while examining dominant and subordinated group dynamics. A further goal of this training was to gain a broader understanding of the breadth and depth of institutionalized oppression and to examine the personal impact of oppression as members of a global community.
This presentation details the personal journeys of Atchison and Davids on the path to social justice advocacy, and will explore how the Social Justice Training Institute was the impetus to those discoveries.
Brittany Atchison, ’10 Northfield, MN
Majors: Politics, Ethnic Studies
Chris Davids, ’09 Louisville, CO
Majors: Psychology, Spanish
Sponsor: David Yamanishi