Nwando Ofokansi

Community Relations and Allyship in Trump's USA

Nwando Ofokansi

Community Relations and Allyship in Trump's USA

Biography

Location: Memorial Union Senate Chambers Room 300

From the Black Lives Matter Movement, to Blue Lives Matter, to All Lives Matter, to Trump’s election victory, to the emergence of the “Alt-Right”—the United States is in tumult. We have racism with no racists, workers’ rights activists who are anti-Black, and pro-Black movements that are anti-LGBT+. It seems that long-strained community relations have been definitively severed. Upon winning the US presidential election, Trump remarked that “it is time for America to bind the wounds of division…. It is time for us to come together as one united people.” However, calling for unity is not enough. Building a united front means that we need to truly reconcile our differences and establish a common ground of values. To do this, the many communities of the US need to be able to communicate. Our intercultural interactions need to move beyond cultural appropriation and performative allyship. We need to build true understanding and respect. Before progress must come unity, but before unity must come empathy. This workshop will break down some fundamental components of cultural competence. Participants will learn tools that will allow them to navigate diverse communities effectively. By promoting a culture of empathy and understanding, we can build meaningful solidarity and exact positive social change.