The in-service training continued with presentations on the topic of equity and empowerment. The ORCC VISTAs had lively and engaging discussions on race and social justice as it related to society, their service sites, and their lives. They also engaged in an in depth presentation and exercise exploring the topic of oppression.
Highlights of the weekend included:
- Allisha Tull led a very engaging activity on the Needs & Haves of VISTA members. This allowed individuals to identify the skills and tools of others and work together to provide quality service to their respective service sites and the communities they work in.
- Josh Todd provided a thought provoking, in-depth discussion about Equity & Racial Justice using key work from the Equity and Empowerment Lens. After the training, VISTA members will have to opportunity to participate in a monthly web training about Equity and Racial Justice from a leading scholar on the topic.
- Hannah Forman led an inspiring, thought provoking, and engaging activity called Theater of the Oppressed. The Theater of the Oppressed was created by Augusto Boal to use theatre as means of promoting social and political change. During this experience, VISTAs were able to recognize oppression through scenes they acted out, confront oppressive speech and behaviors, and learn how to use the tools they learned in their daily lives.
Through these discussions of power and privilege, we found that we all brought different ideas to the table and took away new lessons. We found that we all had things that we needed and things that we could give to each other. We finished the weekend in the spirit of mutual support that strengthened our community and in turn, our work.