BAM-Best Advocacy Movement training is about helping you grow and expand your multicultural understanding. You’ll learn about diversity and how to be an active advocate and leader for social change. Please make a splash in this project with us at the CWC! During this training you will complete activities and watch video clips about interesting topics, answer questions to expand your multicultural understanding, and have opportunities for self-reflection.
So… get ready for BAM!!
This term refers to an ongoing learning process characterized by the following five components:
- Awareness — gaining an understanding of ourselves as cultural beings and the ways in which you experience privilege and oppression.
- Skills — gaining specific tools for reflecting on multicultural competence and for putting one’s competence into practice. When we use skills we are actually doing something to contribute to a more socially just world!
- Sensitivity — attaining a critical consciousness that culture is a foundational part of our interactions.
- Knowledge — building a more complete and accurate understanding about other’s culturaland socio-historical backgrounds.
- Humility — being open to other cultures with awareness that our knowledge and understanding of different cultures will be limited.
Five aspects of multicultural competencies are embedded within the entire BAM! experience.
When we are more multiculturally informed and aware, we can contribute to a more socially just world.
Greater awareness of what our identities are and how these translate into privilege and oppression enables us to communicate and raise awareness about the relative privilege and oppression that we all experience every day. This awareness can empower us and set an example of how advocacy benefits everyone, regardless of our privilege and/or oppressed identities.
We can develop and enhance our skills in how to act in solidarity with members of commonly oppressed communities.
Gain greater awareness of how social justice informs and impacts our mental, emotional, and social well-being.
Strengthening one’s multicultural competencies is an exciting life-long process. There is always something new to learn about ourselves and others by practicing culturally attuned communication.
PRE-TEST YOUR KNOWLEDGE
Start the modules with a pre-test to assess your current knowledge about issues related to identity, diversity, and social justice. This will serve as a guide to help gauge how your knowledge base and perspective may be different after learning the material that will be presented.Test Your Knowledge
We recommend completing these 4 modules in order to obtain the whole experience, but if you feel like you’re itching to check out a later part before an earlier part, that’s cool too!
Awareness of Multicultural Identities — Learn about culture, intersecting identities, and who we are as a cultural beings!
Power & Privilege — Explore experiences of power and privilege that impact us and others around us.
Oppression— Identify the faces of oppression and examine how oppression hurts everyone.
Advocacy — Consider what advocacy looks like and how to take action as an advocate for social justice!
These topics may be hard or challenging to understand. That’s okay!. When we are confronted with topics we are unfamiliar with, like multiculturalism, social justice, or oppression; it is very normal to experience a wide range of emotions. These are typical of the multicultural identity development process, as well as of the process of becoming a social justice advocate.
There are no absolutes to doing social justice work. We can never be certain of the emotions it can bring up in ourselves, or how other people will respond. While investing in social justice work, it is essential to invest in self-care and healing.