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OU workshops to educate greek students on social issues

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Unlearning Workshops

A screenshot of the Unlearning Workshops on OrgSync. The workshops are for the greek community and will focus on learning about social issues such as ableism, sexism, racism and classism.

An upcoming set of workshops will allow OU students in greek life to learn about social issues affecting their organizations and the university. 

The "Unlearning: Workshops for the Greek Community" series will begin with a 9 a.m. event April 7. While the April 7 session will discuss ableism, seven other sessions through April 27 will discuss sexism, racism and classism. 

The workshops, originally a pilot program in spring 2016, are a joint effort between OU Student Affairs, the OU Women's and Gender Studies program and the Center for Social Justice, said Kylie Frisby, public relations and marketing coordinator at OU Career Services.

"It came out of just discussions with greek students saying, 'We feel like these are things in our community, within the whole OU community, and we want to know how to combat them and how to deal with those things,'" Frisby said.

While OU students also currently go through the Freshmen Diversity Experience, these voluntary workshops will target students who never received those trainings and will be more tailored toward greek environments, Frisby said. If students attend four sessions to cover each of the topics and complete OU's LGBTQ Ally training, they can become a certified Diversity Ally, Frisby said.

Attendees will hear from professors, Student Affairs employees and other faculty members at the workshops, and they will have an optional hour-long discussion after each two-hour workshop to dialogue with one another.

While the workshops were designed to address the greek experience, Frisby said registration is open to all and the workshops’ focus will broaden some time next year.

"I think it gives you a really great insight, and you start to notice things around campus and in your community that you're like, 'that's actually not OK, I can't believe I didn't notice that before,'" Frisby said. "It gives you good foundational knowledge of these things and then you have discussions with your peers and figure out your views on them and what you want to do about it."

To register for workshops and see specific event subjects and times, visit the workshops' Orgsync page.

Correction: This article was updated at 11:30 a.m. to reflect that while the Unlearning workshops are focused on the greek experience, registration is open to all students. 

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