Listen to Youth Voices: A Dialogue on Race and Oppression

Too often, youth are not seen as experienced enough to understand or develop solutions for the significant social problems we face. We turn to experts and authority figures instead. But like many social movements of the past, young adults are fueling today’s protests and demands for social justice. The U.S. is at a critical juncture, and it is the youth of our society that will pave the path to our future. Join us or tune in for this revealing and insightful discussion with a group of young people from Colorado Springs.

Host: Abby Ferber

Director of the Matrix Center for the Advancement of Social Equity and Inclusion at the University of Colorado, Colorado Springs and Professor of Sociology and Women’s and Ethic Studies. The Matrix Center offers the annual Knapsack Institute: Transforming Teaching and Learning, the Graduate Certificate in Diversity, Social Justice and Inclusion, and and publishes the online, free journal that she co-founded and edits: Understanding and Dismantling Privilege.

Ferber is the author of White Man Falling: Race, Gender and White Supremacy, the forthcoming White Privilege: What Everyone Needs to Know, and edited Home Grown Hate: Gender and Organized Racism. She co-authored the American Sociological Associations’ Hate Crime in America: What Do We Know? and Making a Difference: University Students of Color Speak Out; co-edited Privilege: A Reader, The New Basics: Sex, Gender and Sexuality, and The Matrix Reader: Examining the Dynamics of Privilege and Oppression. She is currently co-authoring the second edition of The Matrix of Race: Social Construction, Intersectionality and Inequality.

She is the recipient of numerous awards, and is a frequent public speaker, workshop and training facilitator.

Jasmine Hammond

Jazzy wants you to know the only reason she knows the little she does about systemic discrimination is because she took what Trevor Noah said seriously: “traveling is the antidote to ignorance”. Through traveling she learned that the US is just an idea. The values and dreams of its citizens are no different than anywhere else in the world. Unfortunately, white normative standards are the same here as they are anywhere else in the world. Jazzy was an expatriate in Vietnam and Spain where she taught English, has a background in developmental and cognitive disabilities advocacy, currently lives in Colorado Springs, and organizes a philosophy group for young professionals and students. If you live in the Springs and would be interested in a group like that hit her up because she would love to have you.

Shayana Dabney

Shayana Dabney is a Senior at CSU-Pueblo where she is a Double Major in Political Science and History, President of the Black Student Union, Vice President of Pueblo Young Democrats and Chapter President of Tau Tau Chapter – Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Loran Trey Smith

Active member in the local Colorado Springs community with mentoring young men in tandem with Alpha Phi Alpha fraternity and the African American Youth Leadership Conference. Former member of UCCS black student union, and World Tae Kwon Do Federation certified first degree black belt.

Xander

Xander is an interdisciplinary student at UCCS. They currently aspire to have a career in advocacy and journalism, hoping to use both their privileges and oppressions to better minority communities. Xander primarily studies communication, sociology and women and ethnic studies (with emphasis on queer and marginalized bodies) in order to bring their experiences and aspirations together. They have committed themselves to being a life-time listener and ally to everybody’s whose voice has been silenced by the imperialist, white supremacist, queer phobic, capitalist patriarchy.

Josh Roggie

Josh Roggie is a graduate of Southern New Hampshire University with a Bachelor’s Degree in Creative Writing. He believes telling stories is the way to change people’s minds and has pursued that through his recently released book, Shame: An Unconventional Memoir. He is a member of the Colorado Springs community.