Kyaien O. Conner writes: Cultural code-switching involves the suppression of multiple aspects of one’s cultural identity, which can include the type of clothing worn, hair style, speech, or behavior. In the broadest sense, code-switching involves adapting the presentation of oneself in ways that disconnect them from the cultural or racial stereotypes of their group.
In a thousand different ways, underrepresented groups in this country leave so much of themselves at the door in order blend into the dominant culture for survival and in order to be accepted by mainstream America.
In this intimately honest and authentic workshop, we will explore through personal stories and interactive exercises, not only the issue of code-switching, but the emotional and physical cost that this type accommodation has on underrepresented groups. In addition, we will also explore what changes are needed in order for underrepresented groups to bring their full selves into the room.
Participants will learn:
- What are some of the statements/actions that causes someone to code-switch?
- How to notice when someone is code-switching and how to respond
- How code-switching affects someone personally and professionally
- 22 Statements That Stop a Diversity Conversations
- What someone leaves at the door because of code-switching
- Exploring the price one can pay for not code-switching
Audience: Educators, Corporations, Government Agencies, Social Agencies, Human Resources, Administrators, Therapists, Counselors, Students and Managers
Duration: 2-6 Hours