We are in extraordinary times with the perfect storm of a COVID-19 pandemic and demonstrations for racial justice all around the world. These events expose the many racial disparities in our society, particularly as it relates to black people. In what ways do advocates working to end gender- based violence need to pivot in their work or enhance measures they have already implemented in order to better serve the black community? We will look at how stress, isolation, economic anxiety, joblessness and lack of access to resources impact black survivors of gender-based violence and the communities in which they live.
We will end the session by starting to complete an action plan (again, as I do in all my trainings) that participants can use with constituents on their campuses and in their communities. Participants will be able to take all these tools with them to implement in their communities.
In this workshop, advocates will have the opportunity to discuss:
-Ways that COVID-19 has unique impact on black people and their communities
-Historical and contemporary influences on the experiences of gender-based violence against black people in the US
-How to show up for members of the community who identify as black
-Specific recommendations to forge a new way forward and create community with black people in our work to end gender-based violence