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Anti-Discrimination Response Training: A Social-Emotional Learning Workshop for Active Listening

Date: 1:00pm - 5:00pm PDT May 12, 2018 Location: Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)

Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO)

Anti-Discrimination Response Training (ART) is a witness-centered, group-based social skills approach, helping participants develop the verbal and behavioral skills necessary to respond to different instances of discrimination.

Participants in this workshop will practice identifying different kinds of discrimination and bias-motivated behaviors, and engage in activities that will help them respond in ways that deescalate the situation.

The first half of the workshop will introduce the participants to social emotional learning (SEL), its definition and why focusing on it is important. Next, several SEL programs will be briefly introduced to the audience.

The second half of the workshop will focus on the ART including brief overview of the theory and research supporting it (social learning theory, emotional intelligence and SEL).

Participants will work on:

1) Identifying the different kinds of discrimination and how they are expressed and manifested

2) Discussing the multi-directionality of discrimination

3) Practicing skills in responding to hypothetical discrimination scenarios using ART’s cue cards developed by Dr. Ishiyama

Participants will:

  • Analyze how prejudice and discrimination operate
  • Practice responses (as described above)
  • Identify how they can use these techniques in their daily lives in both personal and professional settings
  • Recognize the components of SEL
  • Be able to explain why SEL matters in schools
  • Be able to identify the SEL components included in ART

This workshop is part of the Portland United Against Hate training series and is free and open to the public.

Accessibility Needs and Accommodations: This workshop location is wheelchair accessible. Please note any additional accessibility needs (including ASL interpretation or non-english language translation) you may have during your registration. We encourage registrants to make our office aware of any requests no later than two weeks before the workshop date. While we will make an effort to secure accommodations upon short notice, we cannot guarantee they will be available. 

Details & Registration

Date & Time: Saturday, May 12, 2018, 1-5 p.m.
Location: Immigrant and Refugee Community Organization (IRCO), 10301 NE Glisan St, Portland, OR

Lina Darwich, PhD; Adam Zarakov, MA, MAT

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About the Presenters

Lina Darwich, PhD is an assistant professor of teacher education at Lewis & Clark Graduate School of Education and Counseling. Prior to this she was in the Faculty of Education at the University of British Columbia, where she taught classes focused on human development, diversity and social justice, and on creating supportive and caring learning environments for all students. Lina’s commitment to diversity and equity guides her teaching and research. Her research is linked to diversity and our universal and basic need to belong. As a teacher-educator, she has the opportunity to raise future educators’ consciousness of issues of social justice, equity and diversity, and can urge them to become active agents of change toward more inclusive, caring, and equitable learning environments for their own students.

Adam Zarakov, MA, MAT is the Language Arts Teacher and ESL Coordinator at Youth Progress in Portland, OR. Previously, he taught middle school Language Arts at Trillium Public Charter School and was a Language Arts Teacher and K-12 Librarian and Resource Specialist at La Paz Community School in Guanacaste, Costa Rica. Adam holds a B.A. from U.C. Berkeley, an M.A. from American University, and an M.A.T. in Secondary Language Arts with ESOL Endorsement from Lewis & Clark College. His work as an educator is guided by the belief that young people learn best when they have a trusting relationship with their peers and teachers, the chance to explore the topics and issues that matter to them most, and a clear sense of how what they are learning connects to their own lives and the world outside the classroom.


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