The impact of the sociopolitical climate in the U.S. on people of color with racial insight and awareness is profound and often unacknowledged. Colloquially, having racial awareness and insight and understanding the ubiquity of systemic racism and oppression is referred to as being “woke.” This session will include findings of a qualitative study on the experiences of woke counseling professionals of color. Recommendations for integrating cultural narratives and fostering systemic change are provided.
Attendees will understand the importance of using language from a individual's community to better understand their lived experiences within academic and counseling settings. Attendees will be introduced to the term 'woke', its origins within the African American community, and its relevance to understanding race, systemic racism, and racial insight in academia and other settings.
Attendees will understand the importance of race and other intersecting identities in shaping the lived experience of counselors, counselor educators, and clients. Attendees will understand how power, privilege, oppression, and internalized oppression all coexist and coincide to marginalize certain groups while benefiting others.
Attendees will learn the importance of honoring the cultural narratives that clients and students share in their own words, using cultural concepts originating from within their community. Attendees will recognize the importance of minimizing jargon and embracing the meaningful language used by clients and other community members.