Let's get something out of the way right off the bat:
Learning, UNLRNing, relearning, shifting, acting, it’s all crucial for transformative, disruptive change.
UNLRN PRJCT takes an approach that incorporates education, but emphasizes a sustainable, comprehensive, actionable approach to creating equity. Starting with you and your communities, at work, and at home.
UNLRN PRJCT work assumes:
History is now.
Without attending to our personal histories, and societal ones, we lose a grasp on changing our present. To step forward, we have to look back, even if it’s difficult and feels counterintuitive at first.
Intersectionality is a methodology, not a descriptor.
Our intersecting identities may be intersectional, but their existence, or the existence of diversity in workplaces, does not guarantee inclusion, or equity, or justice. There is an urgency responsibility to action in taking up Kimberlé Crenshaw’s groundbreaking work on intersectionality and intersectional feminism. It is meant to be woven as a practice through our lives.
Sustained work means sustainable work.
This is that long time work, and we’re in it for the long haul: Unlearning damaging practices, relearning the histories and principles that have shaped our world as we know it, and taking action to shift our realities takes time. Whether you take one course, or start a long-term collaboration with U.P., know that this work is necessarily ongoing and all-encompassing.
Centering and amplifying marginalized voices is key.
UNLRN PRJCT will always put marginalized voices first, amplify them, and act to support them. Race, gender and sexual identity, class, ability, nationality, language, age, and so on—these are all socially constructed aspects of our lived experience in the world, and those who experience oppression and marginalization on the basis of these constructions deserve justice and equity in every way.
Ready to UNLRN? If you’re curious, take a look at the work UNLRN does, and book a consultation to find out about custom packages, and other opportunities to work with Ro!
"Social justice requires confronting the ideological frameworks, historical legacies, and institutional patterns and practices that structure social relations unequally so that some groups are advantaged at the expense of other groups that are marginalized.
In our view, diversity and social justice are inextricably bound together. Without truly valuing diversity, we cannot effectively address issues of injustice. Without addressing issues of injustice, we cannot truly value diversity."
- Adams, Bell, Griffin. Teaching for Diversity and Social Justice. (2016)
“Intersectionality is a tool that we can all use in moving toward a more just future.”
- Patricia Hill Collins & Sirma Bilge. Intersectionality. (2016)