Undoing Bias

Fellowships

 CERRU runs two competitive student fellowships, which are the backbone of the organization. Through these two fellowships, we mentor and train a next generation of leaders who will be operating in an increasingly multicultural world. 

(Dialogue Fellow 2014-2015, Social Change Fellow 2015-2016)

 “[F]acilitating dialogues makes you always...present, and listening - not just listening to hear, but listening to understand and respect, and create this environment of sharing different views of other people, and that helped me a lot.”

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Race and Class

 Racism, xenophobia, nationalism, Islamophobia, Antisemitism are all sources of inequities that affect our ability to treat each other as human through undistorted eyes. Often when we think of race, we view Black people as the single object of racist harm. This fellowship will take a semester to explore the ways race and class impact people of all races, including Black, White and People of Color.

The fellowship provides fellows a foundation for the following:

  • How systems of racial bias were created in the United States
  • The values of racist ideology
  • Ways in which we as individuals uphold racist ideology and bias
  • Ways the systems of race and class bias impact us and our relationships to self and others 

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Gender

 Sexism, misogyny, transphobia, homophobia are all sources of inequities and traumas that affect our ability to connect with each other and live an actualized life. Often when we think of sexism, we view women as the single object of sexist harm. This fellowship will take a semester to explore the ways in which gender and sexuality bias, impacts gender non-conforming people, women, and men.

The fellowship also provides fellows a foundation for the following:

  • How systems of gender bias were created in the United States
  • The values of sexist ideology
  • Ways in which we as individuals uphold sexist ideology and bias
  • Ways this system of gender bias impacts us and our relationships to self and others 

(Facilitator 2013-14, Social Change Fellow 2014-15)

 "While I was on the Ibrahim trip [in Israel/Palestine]...we saw...some really heavy stuff...I could tell it was weighing on a lot of us, and that we should have some larger conversation...I was like, “Can I facilitate this dialogue?” So I ended up just doing that with the group...“What’s your most impactful moment of the past couple of days?” And then...as I...got to hear everyone, I recognized that there was a couple of trends going on, and so we were able to sort of unpack those as a group...there was some tension arising, but...I think it was very...useful."