Vision, Values, Mission & Process
We view this workshop as a step toward creating communities free from oppression. We will recognize our structural identities as a product of a historical system of power, privilege, and oppression, and use this awareness to reclaim our gender, sexuality, body, and life. We see GPS as one platform of many through which to work towards this vision.
- We prioritize creating a space for traditionally marginalized identities.
- We believe social identities (race, class, gender, ability, culture, sexual orientation, etc.) are deeply intertwined with sexuality, as well as with one another.
- We believe an essential component of (sex) education is the discussion of identity in conjunction with oppression, power, and privilege.
- We welcome participants in Providence , RI of all genders, sexualities, and backgrounds.
- To raise consciousness about how oppression functions and to challenge normative ideas of gender, sexuality, identity, etc.
- To create a non-judgmental, accessible, and anti-oppressive environment where participants can:
- confidentially share information and resources, support and challenge each other, and
- learn and grow individually and collectively.
- To encourage people to explore and take ownership of their experiences, desires, and/or bodies.
- We use a model of facilitation to challenge hierarchical education and promote collaborative learning.
- We aim to facilitate honest and inclusive dialogue through open communication and anti-oppressive language tools.
- We share the space by listening and supporting one another.
- We center personal narrative and self-reflection as tools for dismantling oppression.
- We strive to incorporate feedback in order to continue working and challenging ourselves and our model.
- We designate one of our sections for people of color.