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West Shore Community College’s Humankind series is pleased to host a workshop titled “Understanding Oppression,” on Monday, March 18, at 2:00 p.m. at the William M. Anderson Library.

The event is a part of Humankind’s theme of the year, “Inclusion: Conversations Around a Crowded Table,” focused on building empathy towards those different from us in order to help everyone feel like they belong and have a seat at the table.

The workshop will be run by Elizabeth Garcia and Boonika Herring from the Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation. Everyone is welcome to attend and there is no cost.

The Battle Creek Coalition for Truth, Racial Healing, and Transformation is part of the national Truth Racial Healing and Transformation (TRHT) initiative. Initiated by the W.K. Kellogg Foundation in Battle Creek, Michigan in 2016, TRHT now has multiple branches nationwide.

The goals of THRT are to acknowledge and address historic and current impacts of racism, and to foster change as we move forward. A core part of this work is to help communities understand the psychological and sociological underpinnings of racism. The workshop on oppression is part of this work, and aims to help people understand what oppression is, and how it can manifest in people’s lives.

“Oppression is an important topic for us to understand, particularly in terms of how it is connected to current social problems,” said Dr. John Moore, WSCC associate professor of psychology. “Oppression is complex and nuanced in terms of how it can show up in our everyday lives. We are very thankful to have Elizabeth Garcia and Boonika Herring from TRHT visit us to help us learn more about this subject.”

Humankind is WSCC’s arts and culture lecture series that consists of presentations, workshops, film series, art exhibitions, performing arts events, and much more.

For more information about other events in the Humankind series, visit the West Shore website or contact humankind@westshore.edu.