Erikson has created a dynamic interactive two-part workshop series that explains how deficit language is dehumanizing and deflects from the structural racism and flaws baked in our systems. In Decolonizing Data and Language Part 1: Advance Racial Equity & Systemic Solutions, you will get an introduction into the dangers of labels and “othering” and explore ways to effectively use structural data over individual data to illuminate systemic barriers and reveal root causes. In Decolonizing Data and Language Part 2: Aligning Intentions with Impact, you can build on the learnings from Part 1 over two days and learn how to apply it directly to your work, incorporate it into your regular practice, and share it with your organization.
Within this 90-minute workshop, participants will:
Explore the dangers of labels and “othering
Identify deficit language terms
Apply a structural analysis to data and use organizational data to focus on internal structures and processes
Identify how language changes can advance public awareness of the need to create systemic solutions to systemic problems.
Using labels, deficit language and problematic data infographics when advocating for children and families can have unintended consequences that dehumanize people and populations. This common practice places the onus of systemic problems on those individuals experiencing the negative consequences of structural racism.
This session is designed for professionals who want to be or are engaged in creating systemic change and helps to:
the psychological process of demonizing communities of people for system flaws and circumstantial conditions outside of individual control.
for changes to policies, systems, and funding at the local, county, and state levels.
gaps and barriers in services and processes.
align resources and tailor supports to address root causes.
Check out what our presenters have to say on advocacy without labels or deficit language.