Programs & Keynote Topics

Qy'Darrius McEachern speaking about diversity and microaggressions

More Than Black Boxes:

The Negative Impacts of Performative Activism on Real People

Session Description

Remember that day everyone’s Instagram feed turned black? June 2, 2020 was called #BlackOutTuesday and it has been described as one of the most-widespread demonstrations of protest in the history of social media.

It made a lot of people feel good and like they were engaging in true activism.

Qy’Darrius (Q) reflects on this day and subsequent examples of online activism in this signature program and asks, “what if it was more important for Black people to be liberated from anti-Black racism than it is for you to be perceived as a good person?”

This question gets to the heart of a core issue of diversity, equity, inclusion and belonging; the appearance of allyship without true advocacy is hollow, dangerous, and creates toxic spaces for Black students, faculty, and staff.

This dynamic program is intended to challenge and inspire those who want to do good to truly do better.

Who is the ideal audience?

Students, faculty, and staff who want to develop strategies around activism & advocacy, and want to challenge systems of oppression such as racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, etc.

What will you get from this talk?

  • Explore examples of performative activism & allyship 
  • Identify ways in which people of good intention can fall into the trap of slacktivism 
  • Consider the short- and long-term impacts of performance on students, faculty, and staff
  • Develop strategies to move from performative actions to true activism for justice

“Q’s presentation is what we all need to hear at this time.”

IFC member, University of Missouri

Black lives matter while were still alive too shirt Qy'Darrius McEachern

[micro]AGGRESSIONS:

A Discussion on Power, Privilege, and Culture

Session Description

There’s nothing small about microaggressions. Their impact and cumulative weight are more than any individual can and should endure. For too long these words and phrases have been used without considering their harm.

In this thought-provoking and interactive program, Q helps audience members to develop a deeper understanding of how language matters related to inclusivity. In doing so, he guides a dialogue on the dynamics of power and privilege through the lens of language, and how word choice can influence group dynamics. Through powerful activities and dialogue, attendees will better understand how to foster inclusivity and challenge themselves to lead and support students authentically.

Who is the ideal audience?

Students, faculty, and staff who want to challenge microaggressions in their spaces, and create more liberating spaces for marginalized people.

What will you get from this talk?

  • Explore the concept of microaggressions and how it impacts individuals and groups 
  • Dialogue about how language is a manifestation of power dynamics
  • Develop strategies related to fostering inclusivity and respect through the minimization and elimination of microaggressions

“When leading workshops about microaggressions, Qy’Darrius broke down the subject in an informative and collaborative way. Whether or not we were new to the conversation, we each gained a deeper knowledge of microaggressions and the relationship between power and privilege. The constructive dynamic allowed for us to engage in meaningful discussion about these topics.”

President, The Texas State Strutters

Contact Q

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“Whenever you actually create that true change, then there are so many dynamics that positively shift across the organization.”

Qy’Darrius McEachern