The (Activist) Hats I Wear
A Reflection on Positionality and Justice by @joycming
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My background in industry makes me wary of just building it and waiting for them to come. As a
I wonder about the best balance for me between:
- THEORY: creating knowledge & influencing how others build/design tech) vs.
- PRACTICE: interacting with people & seeing tangible impact)
My research actually has me advocating for
rights & voice for frontline health workers in NYC & India
But also around me, I see opportunities for solidarity
- UNIONIZING: the Google Walkout and Cornell Student Union
- ORGANIZING: social justice manifesto @ CHI, with other researchers
- SUPPORTING: opportunities for students to connect and support each other
And even around me as a
there’s so many causes & areas I’m learning a lot about
- SUSTAINABILITY: just transition & integrated approaches to planet health
- FAITH & ACTION: different ways that faith communities mobilize and act
- ABOLITION: how to integrate the mindset with other causes
- WELLNESS: promoting dialogue around mental health and wellness
- LOCAL POLITICS: galvanizing the local community to vote & act
I wonder how to balance all of my different hats…
- What do I prioritize?
How do I integrate different parts of me?
- What type of impact do I want to make?
What type of impact can I make?
What is the best way I can leverage my different identities and positions?
I’m hoping to learn from other scholars & community members.