Equality and Diversity : Multiple experiences
This conversation should help people develop an understanding of multiple labels. In simple terms, people will be invited to think about the advantages and disadvantages they have experienced by being part of different groups.
Whether imposed by others through labels, or self-represented through chosen badges, the different groups we belong to make up our identity. Our identity is ever changing. The labels we chose to share may depend on context, time, place and people. The labels we may acquire are often imposed or determined by custom or circumstance. [see Blogging and Badges ]
Groups in a similar fashion have an identity, in that they have shared characteristics, however the prejudice these evoke may be either advantageous or dangerous when transposed to assumptions or expectations. Therefore, viewing labels and badges as positive or negative is overly simplistic. However, as we all know, some afford privilege in some circumstances and disadvantage in others. It is this articulation of oppression on different levels that can help professionals acknowledge their power, and act in ways that aim to empower others.
Applied to a working context, this should help people focus on what makes a respectful culture. The conversation will help untangle the difference between labels and badges. It will help people think more clearly about how to deliver an outward focus in the development of inclusive practice. This should help people describe user led participation, and help promote the involvement of individuals from marginalised groups and their decision-making power.