Week 04 – Lab Reflection + Reading Response

Lab Assignment

  1. I-Connect Diversity & Inclusion Workshop is a training that is designed to help students embrace differences and to build a welcoming campus community. The workshop uses collaborative exercises and discussions to build communication skills to work in diverse environments. The function of this workshop is to provide students with important discussions about our similarities and differences. The needs addressed by this workshop are the demands for diversity and inclusion in our communities and universities.
  2. Data such as the race of students at the University of Illinois would exemplify the need for this workshop. The tension between students would also urge the university to implement diversity and inclusion workshops to help improve communication between students.
  3. Research:
  4. One of the barriers this workshop faces is the lack of facilitators needed to run them every year. When I went to one of these workshops, students were not engaged in the discussions. It felt forced and awkward. The biggest challenge I believe the program faces is recruitment and engagement. I don’t believe anyone is opposed to the program because it enhances communication in a diverse environment. But people could argue that the program isn’t engaging students in thoughtful discussion.
  5. The program needs more students to participate in the workshops. More engagement would provide the workshops with more facilitators that could connect with the incoming students. The strategy is encouraging the students to participate in civil and exciting discussions about ourselves.

Reading Response

The three strategies that students, campus groups, and leadership used to communicate those concerns were the concerns of free speech. The first barrier these leaders addressed were the limits and right to free speech. Fear of the red scare was prevalent in the 1960s (Metz 12). George Stoddard’s walk between publicly rejecting communism while supporting the right to free speech exemplifies one of these strategies that combatted this barrier. (Metz 12). This strategy helped to discuss the limits of free speech while avoiding the red scare at the time. The next barrier these students, groups, and leadership were faced with were the boundaries of womanhood that were placed by society. In order to combat this barrier, women claimed public roles that were meant for men and clashed the expectations of male friends who were trying to prove their manhood (Evans 338). The final barrier faced by these groups was the objectification of women. Independence for men was prevalent, however, the same freedoms were not given to women. In order to combat this barrier, Anne Koedt’s “The Myth of the Vaginal Orgasm” issued a move for female sexual autonomy by attacking the assertions made by Sigmund Freud (Evans 344). It pushed sexual autonomy and independence from their male counterparts.

5 Questions:

  1. Were there other limits of freedom that were caused by the second red scare in the 1960s?
  2. Why was freedom of speech the battleground for professors and legislations during this time?
  3. Why were public roles meant for men important for women to claim in order to combat these barriers made against feminism?
  4. Are there negative impacts made by Sigmund Freud’s assertions?
  5. How has womanhood changed from the 1960s to the modern-day?

1 thought on “Week 04 – Lab Reflection + Reading Response”

  1. Hi Goose,
    I enjoyed reading your post! I like how you incorporated the concerns of free speech. This relates to an example that I used in my reading response to how women fought for their freedom of speech through facing barriers that men created for them due to gender roles.

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