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Wednesday, March 4, 2020

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Posted: Monday, February 24, 2020

Webinar: 'The Dehumanization of Indigenous Women' - March 4

Please join us for the webinar "The Dehumanization of Indigenous Women," presented by the National Council on Race and Ethnicity (NCORE), on Wednesday, March 4, from 4:00 to 5:30 p.m in Caudell Hall 127. 

According to the FBI, indigenous women are three times more likely to experience rape or sexual assault than black, Latina, or European American women in North America (Perry, 2004). Historically, indigenous women have experienced and continue to experience both racism and sexism through the colonization of North America. The presenters contend that indigenous women are viewed as less than human, that is, they experience dehumanization by non-Native people. Thus far, no empirical research has investigated the objectification of indigenous women through the dehumanization framework (Haslam, 2006). Through both quantitative and qualitative research methods, the presenters will investigate various ways that indigenous women experience dehumanization and the mechanisms underlying how they are dehumanized by others.

This session will examine the effects of dehumanization on indigenous women and their lived experiences both in and outside of the University of Oklahoma. After a discussion centered on these issues, the presenters will discuss the implications that dehumanization has for indigenous women inside higher education. The presenters will then offer recommendations for best practices when incidents of racism and sexism (i.e., dehumanization) occur on campus and how to support and empower indigenous women through relationship building. This session should particularly benefit those working with and advising ndigenous students (student affairs and academic affairs).

Stephanie Cross is a proud citizen of the Comanche Nation. She is a doctoral candidate in the psychology department at the University of Oklahoma. Her research interests include stereotypes and prejudice, specifically toward Native Americans. Ms. Cross's dissertation explores the objection of Native American women using an experimental research design.

Emma Allen is a third-year doctoral student in the adult and higher education program at the University of Oklahoma. She is a citizen of the Cherokee Nation and is also of Kiowa and Caddo descent. Ms. Allen's research focuses on Native American doctoral students’ experiences with microaggressions and how these microaggressions relate to settler colonialism. 

This webinar is sponsored by the Civic and Community Engagement Office’s Ad Hoc Committee on Indigenous Perspectives.

Submitted by: Tonya J. Ackley
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