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Bindis, Burqas, and Blackface: When Does Cultural "Borrowing" Become Ignorant Appropriation?


In recent years the term cultural appropriation has emerged as a hot-button topic in society and can carry significant implications for marginalized cultural groups. This workshop will discuss what is cultural appropriation and how do we celebrate a culture versus appropriating it. We will explore this pertinent issue through looking at specific examples in the media and community, the impact of cultural appropriation as well as strategies at the individual, institutional, and societal levels to reduce it.  

Learning Objectives

  • Introduce the concept of cultural appropriation and explore examples as they relate to education, media, and the workplace.

  • Discuss the implications of cultural appropriation on marginalized groups including the psychological, emotional, and social impact.

  • Explore various strategies to reduce appropriation at the individual, institutional, and societal levels.

  • Foster a dialogue around the intersectionality of cultural appropriation and microaggressions.

Board Accreditation

MN Board of Social Work
     2.0 CEUs   (CEP-275)

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