I’ve really enjoyed that we have had guest speakers during our group meetings. One that stood out to me was Tiffany Brown with Detroit Food Academy and 3D. Developing Despite Distance was especially interesting to learn about from Ms Brown because parental incarceration is part of what I’ve been researching with my community organization. Beyond her presentation about the organizations, it was inspiring to listen to her story. While I don’t have a personal connection to parental incarceration, I’ve learned so much more about parental incarceration, the effects on children, and ways that we can work towards reversing, preventing, and allowing parents the opportunity to change without focusing on punishment.
I like that we have the opportunity to listen to guest speakers because it gives us more insight into what other fellows have been working on, and how those organizations got started. I think it will be cool to reflect on the guest speakers and then on the perspective of the fellows at the Symposium. I think it is important to learn about the other community placements in DCERP, and having guest speakers is a great way to be introduced to them. I’m looking forward to the learning group presentations as well! It’s exciting to be able to work in small groups about topics we are interested in, while also getting to know each other in a smaller setting. The learning groups are also a way for us to show creative interests, and reflect on how those differ amongst all of us.
Also, I wanted to thank Ataia and the Anti-Racism group for their amazing presentation on Tuesday. Discussing privilege and taking the time to recognize your own privilege can be difficult, and uncomfortable at times, but it is incredibly important, and yesterday was a reminder of that. Tuesday’s presentation was just another example of how great our cohort is. It was a welcoming space to share our thoughts on some of the questions, and openly reflect on our privilege and anything we may not have thought about or found surprising.