Dialogue groups provide an opportunity for participants to engage with members of the local community on specific issues of interest. Community members with specific expertise in the evening’s topic are invited to co-facilitate the discussion. This evening, we will be discussing "Construction Zone: Identities at Work", facilitated by Harrison Oakes.
In Harrison's own words:
"We go through life with a good idea of what we are expected to be like. Boys should be tough; girls, gentle. We may not know why or even how we have these ideas, but we know they are there. As we grow up, we negotiate our identities in many ways, adopting and abandoning as we move along. But where do these identities come from? What informs them? Are we really in control of them? These are some questions that fascinate me and I love talking to people about them to further our collective understanding of how our identities shape - and are shaped by - the environments around us. I hope you'll join me in having this discussion."
Harrison is a PhD candidate in Social Psychology at the University of Waterloo. He is a passionate social justice advocate and dedicated to advancing knowledge about the diverse experiences of marginalization. Currently, he studies masculinity, the impact of social environments on perceptions of other people’s sexual identities, processes and consequences of assuming other groups’ identity, emotion processes and rejection sensitivity in social conflict, identity threats on prejudice and discrimination, societal shifts in ideology, and the role of perceived intent in making inferences about the people a speaker describes. When not researching, he’s either sleeping, drinking coffee with a friend, or thinking about all the work he should be doing but isn’t.