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Finding Hope While Addressing Discrimination

Discrimination can take a toll on various aspects of your life, especially coupled with being a student. If you would like to learn more, please join us at La Casa Cultural Latina on Tuesday, November 28th at 7 P.M. We will define and discuss discrimination, its impact on students, resiliency, and coping strategies. In the meantime, here are some tips for how to get the most out of the upcoming workshop:

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Give yourself permission to feel vulnerable.

Talking about discrimination can be difficult and stir up some heavy emotions. It is okay to acknowledge them, and if you feel comfortable sharing, please do.

Bring someone you trust.

Having somebody with you at the workshop can make you feel better. You might feel more empowered to share with a support system by your side. You would also be providing someone else an opportunity to learn more about themselves.

Make light of a dark situation.

While discrimination is a heavy topic, it is important to maintain a sense of optimism. Although it is a constant battle, there are people fighting it every day to make the world a better place.

Utilize your resources.

At UIUC, we have various resources that you can access in order to flourish as a student. Some of these include:

* The Counseling Center: 217-333-3704

* Office of Minority Student Affairs (OMSA): 217-333-0054

* Bias Assessment and Response Team (BART): go.illinois.edu/intolerance

* Office of Inclusion and Intercultural Relations (OIIR): 217-333-1300

* Cultural Houses:

Bruce D. Nesbitt African American Cultural Center
Asian American Cultural Center
La Casa Cultural Latina
LGBT Resource Center
Native American House
Women’s Resources Center

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