Get Real About Discrimination

The final empowerment group meeting of the 2011-12 school year is on April 20, 2012. No future meetings are scheduled at this time.
Link to article about the Get Real About Discrimination Empowerment Group in the Indiana Daily Student (IDS) newspaper on Feb. 6, 2012

Get Real About Discrimination (GRAD) weekly Empowerment Group:
> Every Friday during the school year in the IMU Persimmon Room
> Doors open at 5:30 pm — we begin promptly at 6:00 pm
> Newcomer briefing begins at 5:40 pm
> Observers and Participants welcome!

Get Real About Discrimination Empowerment Group and Kay Johnson are proud to be the 2011 COMMUNITY AWARD WINNER of the Indiana University DR. MARTIN LUTHER KING, JR. BUILDING BRIDGES AWARD!

Need a voice?
This is your chance to speak up and speak out! This is a place to be mad and be sad and let out whatever is inside you. Get Real Empowerment Group meetings consist of small intimate groups (7 or less participants) that are open to everyone and are designed to be safe places to share. The meetings are especially meant for anyone who has ever felt silenced and/or excluded—which is pretty much everyone.

Click here for a GRAD brochure (IU 2011 pdf)

Are you looking for a place to practice self-actualization?
Get Real About Discrimination (GRAD) was founded by Kay Johnson in 2008. At IU, GRAD’s primary activity is sponsoring a free weekly personal empowerment group every Friday during the IU school year (and some Fridays during the Summer) in the Indiana Memorial Union (IMU) Persimmon Room—located in the tree suites section on the mezzanine level of the IMU. The Get Real Empowerment Group is a healthy place to experience self-actualization. It is a place for participants to voice their feelings about and experiences of discrimination, mistreatment and rejection. It is also a place for listeners to become educated about what discrimination looks and feels like. By encouraging those who have experienced discrimination to express themselves publicly without judgment or criticism we promote healing and we practice becoming a conscious and loving community.

GRAD is all about supporting people’s right to be authentic. The empowerment group may also be of particular interest to educators and students who are learning about diversity, discrimination, support groups, public speaking and/or group dynamics. Besides individuals, small classes and groups (less than 20) are welcome to observe.

The doors open at 5:30 pm—we begin promptly at 6:00 pm. Whether you want to participate or just observe, everyone is welcome. Once the sharing begins, no one is allowed to enter. We welcome and personally brief all newcomers about twenty minutes before each meeting. At 5:40 pm, we take 15-20 minutes to explain the Get Real Empowerment Group to newcomers and any interested parties. No one is required to stay. The Get Real Empowerment Group is, however, better understood through experience rather than just through explanation. At 6:00, you and your colleagues may choose to participate or observe an actual empowerment group meeting. If you have any questions or would like to learn more, feel free to stop by the IMU Persimmon Room before the meeting to pick up a brochure and/or sign-up for our email list, or you may contact Kay Johnson at: kayjohnson-at-noglstp-dot-net.

We are Ending Ignorance through Conscious Listening and Healing the effects of Discrimination through Authentic Public Self Expression.

Everyone is welcome.

Link to front-page article about Get Real About Discrimination in the Indiana Daily Student (IDS) newspaper on Sept. 24, 2010

What is discrimination?

Discrimination is a choice. Everyone discriminates. To discriminate is to be human. We all have likes and dislikes. Some people like ketchup, others prefer mustard. It is through the act of choosing that we define who we are. For example, who do we discriminate against at our meetings? We meet in a non-smoking facility, so we discriminate against smokers. We discriminate against people who are not of average size—all the chairs are the same. We discriminate against people who live far away. And we discriminate against latecomers. To not discriminate is to have no boundaries.

Having said that, there is fair and unfair discrimination. Let’s say I go to Indianapolis and apply to play basketball for the Indiana Pacers. It is likely they would not hire me. If so, they have discriminated against me. They have chosen others instead of me. If they choose to not hire me because they believe others are better at basketball than me, they are perfectly justified. Nonetheless, it would be normal for me to feel excluded and rejected and disappointed. Not being chosen hurts regardless of the reason. We are not talking here about discrimination under the law. However, if the Pacers refused to hire me because of the color of my skin or the clothes I wear, that would be unfair discrimination. But either way, fair or unfair, discrimination hurts, the feelings are real, and they need to be voiced.

That is what the Get Real About Discrimination Empowerment Group is all about.

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