Stories 'n' Steps: Narratives of Gendered Experiences at CSU
Darrie Matthew Burrage,Cindy L Griffin
Monday, January 11th 2016
Longs Peak Room (LSC)
Among the different identities we carry, gender tends to take precedent as a dominant feature of our everyday lives, and can become highlighted in our interactions with others. We all have encountered moments of challenge, revelation, and triumph related to our gender in one way or another. Which of these experiences should be told? How can our stories help us and others grow? This interactive session will be discussion-based and will focus on participants giving words to the moments when gender has mattered to their experiences here at CSU.
Goals and Target Audience:
The goals of session are as follows: (1) Model the Environment We Seek to Cultivate on Campus – Create a safe space for participants to be their most vulnerability by having session facilitators demonstrate their own vulnerability and active listening skills. (2) Understanding Gendered Experiences – Have participants reflect and be able to identify how their gender has informed different experiences they have encountered here at CSU. (3) Writing Skills – Have participants practice articulating their gendered experiences to one another and to themselves by using writing as the method of achieving such ends. (4) Opportunities to Share – Provide an opportunity for participants to have their writing be safely stored and carefully shared with the CSU Stories-n-Steps grant project.
There is no particular target audience of this session; however, we hope to have representation from participants no matter the gender (or any other point of identity) and position at the university (faculty, staff, student, etc.).