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UNA - Taking Up Space: The Roots and Implications of Sizeism

Wednesday, June 21, 2023
9:00 am11:00 am

This is a UNA Member only event. UNA Members, please make sure to log in to register.

UNA members are warmly invited to join Kaitlin Deselle and Minnesota Council of Nonprofits for a session which will explore sizeism and ableism through the intersectional lens of sexism, racism, and classism.
In a culture trained by centuries of sexism and racism to objectify women’s bodies, to privilege thinness, and to condemn fatness, the importance of celebrating and respecting fat bodies can be difficult for some to grasp. Social systems of sizeism and ableism deny fat bodies equal worth, access, and value. Outdated practices in the healthcare industry invalidate personal autonomy, pathologize, and endanger big bodies. Anti-fat bias in hiring and recruiting can mean missing out on talented candidates who we assume to lack individual willpower or discipline simply because of their size. In this workshop, we explore sizeism and ableism through the intersectional lens of sexism, racism, and classism. We discuss the implications of anti-fat bias in the workplace and learn to create inclusive spaces for bodies of all sizes.

Who Should Attend
Executive Directors, Board Members, Development staff, Volunteers, Program Managers, and anyone who would like to develop this important skill!

Pricing: $45 for UNA members / $65 for non-members

How to Register

UNA Members, please log in above to receive the member discount code and registration link
Not-yet-Members can register by visiting the event registration page via MCN
Kaitlin Deselle, M.S., brings over 10 years of inclusive leadership experience and business innovation to her role as director of client support & development with Strategic Diversity Initiatives. With a strong corporate background in crisis and change management, she is passionate about building empowered teams and organizational cultures that interrupt systems of oppression and marginalization. Kaitlin serves as a Diversity Educator and on the Chancellor’s Commission for LGBTQ People at the University of Tennessee, where she earned a Masters degree in Educational Psychology with a research focus in Critical HROD and Queer Empowerment. As a queer woman and fat liberation activist, Kaitlin is passionate about creating safer spaces where all bodies are celebrated and have agency. Her approach to social justice work balances reformist activism with mindfulness and emotional intelligence.

This training is brought to you by our partner, Minnesota Council of Nonprofits.