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  • Good morning, Alex! Thank you for coming to our weekly debriefing! As you know, we engage in a reflexive conversation each week in order to better understand how we can better help our community. In this way, we try to decenter power dynamics, while still acknowledging tha power exists. Anyway, let's get started! Is there something in particular you wanted to talk about this week?
  • Thank you, Elizabeth. This week, I didn't have anything too pressing to attend to. Instead, I wanted to thank you for these weekly check-ins. I I appreciate that this center values growth and bravery more than being safe and neutral It's so important to consistently think about the ways in which we engage with our community members, and think about how our identities affect our lives and our work.
  • Yes, I agree! It is important that we name our politics, instead of pretending that power dynamics do not play out in our everyday lives. While it pleases me to know that nothing disruptive came up this week, I want to remind you that this is a space for voicing concerns or expressing discomfort. While working at the writing center is something we all enjoy, we may also feel dissatisfied with how a consultation with a client went. Clients can challenge us in ways we may not be ready for in the moment. But it is most important to listen and engage with that person from an orientation of love and respect.
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