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Monday, July 10, 2017


#7 – Biracial Families Resisting Racial Microaggressions: Stories and Experiences of One Family
Oberlin College, Ohio, July 9 - 15, 2017

Patricia Trudeau, MSW, MEd, UU Ministerial Candidate. Intern Minister, First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, ON patrudeau@Hotmail.com
Wilburn Hayden, MSW, PhD, York University School of Social Work Professor. whayden@yorku.ca



Multiracial families are increasing in our society. The Pew Research Center has found that one in seven new marriages in the U.S. involve spouses from different racial groups. Some of the best guides—and those closest at hand—on the journey toward a multiracial society may be members of our congregations who are living in biracial marriages or relationships. This workshop will share stories of microaggressions and resistance as challenges that affront biracial families in negotiating daily life in a white hegemonic society.

Patricia Trudeau (white Canadian) and Wilburn Hayden (black Canadian-American) have been married for nearly 25 years and raised their biracial son in both countries. They have been members of Neighbourhood UU Congregation in Toronto since 2007 following nine years at First Church Pittsburgh. Patricia is completing a Masters of Divinity Degree at the University of Toronto, Emmanuel College, a candidate for Unitarian ministry and Intern Minister, First Unitarian Church of Hamilton, ON. Wilburn is a leading expert on Black Appalachians and Professor at York University, School of Social Work.

Day 1: Introduction; Demographics and Trends; Stories; Defenses to Racial Microaggressions; Transracial Adoption; Definitions; Microaggressions Categories; and Discussion.
Day 2: Images in the Media: Ads, Television & Films - Exerts from “Loving” and Discussion.
Day 3: Biracial Microaggressions; Examples of Microaggressions toward Multiracial Persons and Families; Group Exercise; and Questions.
Day 4: Growing Up Biracial - Donovan Hayden; Group Exercise and Discussion.
Day 5: Group Presentations, Addressing Microaggressions in UU Congregations and Final Discussion.


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