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Just Rescue

Who has the power to choose who lives or dies? Who writes the moral code we live by? Who “unwrites” this code? Even with limited information, we are socialized to make quick decisions about another person. This directly relates to how we work with, talk to, and support other people. When given an opportunity to examine “back stories” and assumptions, participants learn the positives and negatives of stereotypes. Participants can use this knowledge to make informed decisions in the future.

Learning Outcomes:

  • To identify default decision-making processes with regards to logical, relational, creative, and emotional connection.
  • To recognize and challenge three stereotypes or assumptions they hold about others
  • To identify three stereotypes/assumptions participants have about others
  • To name one to three intersecting visible/invisible identities

Comments from attendees:
“I identify as Hmong and live in North Carolina. This activity helped me understand how it feels to be oppressed by more than one label and understand unlike others who only know of the label."

"The Just Rescue activity really opened my eyes to the many different stereotypes people use by just reading two or three words. I need to think before I think – not just think before I speak.”

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