Understanding Social Identity

Through this workshop, participants will gain a better foundational understanding of social identities, what they are, how they are formed, and how social identities interact with systems of oppression in the form of social advantages and disadvantages. YW Boston facilitators will introduce key concepts and historical context about which groups have accumulated social advantages and disadvantages. Ultimately, participants will be able to apply learnings to their personal experiences.


Workshop Overview

Introduction: Workshop Objectives
Facilitators will lay the foundation for the workshop, introduce dialogue practices, and have participants get to know one another.

Section I: Social Identities
Facilitators will introduce the concepts of social identity and shared social constructs. Participants will reflect on their own social identities individually and as a group. 

Section II: Frameworks, Definitions, and Theory
Participants will explore frameworks and definitions of identity, manifestations of oppression, and intersectionality of social identities. This will create a shared understanding and lay the groundwork for deeper analysis.

Section III: Theory to Practice
Participants will review case studies and reflect on advantages and disadvantages as they relate to social identities.

Section IV: Envisioning
Individuals will envision empowerment towards action to address bias, privilege, and disadvantages as they relate to diversity, equity, and inclusion.