Over the past 10 years, I've cultivated a community-focused teaching practice that is founded upon a commitment to non-mastery, inclusivity, and anti-oppression. Now what do all of those jargony terms mean?
a.k.a. It's okay if I don't get it!
How often do you feel like you gotta “fake it til you make it"? This impulse is soooooooo natural. But unfortunately it promotes an approach to learning that is focused on individual achievements and turns us into our own worst critics. When we're stuck in the mastery-mindset we create real barriers to ourselves and others, and it's hard to truly grow.
Ever sat in a room where someone is talking and thought “I just have NO clue what they’re saying?” Ever released a sigh of relief when someone raised their hand to ask for clarification? Well you’re not alone. Part of the work that I do in my teaching is help you let go of the impulse to perform mastery and become curious about the possibilities that emerge when we admit the limits of our knowledge.
a.k.a. Everyone is invited to the party!
We all enter conversations with different experiences, knowledge, backgrounds, and opinions. This diversity is what makes learning – and learning with others – so exciting! But it can also be challenging to come up against viewpoints that are different from and perhaps in opposition to our own. When we approach these moments with openness, we can be transformed by new ideas and can begin to be compassionate towards others as well as ourselves.
Inclusivity not only means that you accept and welcome folks whose identities might not align with your own; but it also means that you are willing to listen to how those different identities shape their experiences in ways that you cannot understand. To be inclusive means to accept difference, rather than erase it.
a.k.a. Don't be a jerk!
We all come into the world with different experiences based on our race, gender, sexuality, class, ability, ethnicity, and religion. As a cis-gender white woman, I believe I must always situate myself in relation to others: how might I have more opportunities to be heard as a white woman than a woman of colour? How can I use my power and privilege to enact the change that I want to see in the world?
These are the questions that led me to develop workshops and services that you’ll find here. I recognized that my academic training, teaching experience, and my commitment to allyship were powerful tools that could benefit others -- both inside and outside of academia.