Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes

What is this?

WALKING IN SOMEONE ELSE’S SHOES
Awareness Training Activity (Feb 2019)
Gigi Coulson, Interim Society DEI Officer

This is an Awareness Training Activity created by Gigi Coulson. The activity consists of two parts:

  1. Reading the experiences and feedback shared by people on the following categories
    1. Comfortableness with the Climate of DEI in the SCA
    2. Do you consider the SCA to be Inclusive?
    3. Do you think the SCA values a diverse membership?
    4. Have you experiences exclusionary, hostile, or offensive conduct?
    5. Have you experienced discrimination?
    6. Anything else you’d like to say?
  2. Discussion (or self reflection) topics and questions.

What do I do with this?

  • The first thing to do is read, listen, and self-reflect. Recognize that there are issues going on in the world and our organization is not insulated from that.
  • Next, make a conscious decision to practice awareness — keep an eye out for actions or words in SCA spaces that are exclusionary, hostile, unwelcoming, or offensive.
  • Remember that discrimination, sexual harassment, bullying, and hate speech will not be tolerated in our Society.
  • And finally, know that you can take action.
    • If you see someone violating our codes of conduct, say something.
    • Phrases like “we don’t treat people that way in the SCA”, “that violates our core values”, “that action/statement isn’t acceptable”, or even “hey, that’s not cool” or “this makes me uncomfortable” can be enough to disrupt or deescalate a problematic interaction.
      • Use the 4 D’s:
        • Direct: directly intervene
        • Distract: distract either party
        • Delegate: get help from others
        • Delay: check in later
    • And always, report any incidents to your local Seneschal who will take action and also report up the Seneschalate chain.

Resources

Walking in Someone Else’s Shoes
Office of Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion
Equity & Inclusion 101