Working Toward Justice Through Body-Map Storytelling

by Center for Women and Gender Equity

Social Justice gender justice It's On Us

Tue, Feb 15, 2022

6 PM – 7:30 PM EST (GMT-5)

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The process of sharing stories helps people recognize themselves and others in an empowerment process. Join us for a body map storytelling workshop as a space to share, honor and uplift. The use of body-map storytelling serves as a means to hold space for the impact of harmful experiences through active participation and mapping of individual bodies and the surrounding communities with the goal of imagining a more just world. No artistic or mapmaking experience needed. This workshop will be facilitated by noted scholar Dr. Elizabeth L Sweet and will be trauma-informed and center the experience of those impacted by harm. Pre-registration is requested via RamConnect. Enrolled participants will be provided a free art kit to support participation in this experience. Brought to you by WCU It's On Us, The Center for Women & Gender Equity, Office of Diversity, Equity & Inclusion & The Counseling Center. This workshop is funded by a 2021 It's On Us PA Grant. For more information, contact the Center for Women & Gender Equity via e-mail (


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Elizabeth L. Sweet

Focusing on planning theory and qualitative research methodologies, Professor Sweet teaches in the Departments of Urban Planning & Community Development and Africana Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston. She engages in collaborative community economic development, specifically the links between economies, violence, and identities. Using feminist, anti-racist and decolonial frameworks, her work in U.S. Native, Black, Latino and Latin American communities has led to long term collaborations and inclusive projects that both push the boundaries of planning theory and methods while at the same time provides practical planning interventions. She has proposed the use of body map storytelling and community mapping as innovative ways to co-create data and strategies with communities on a wide range of issues and urban problems. Sweet has also been very active in promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion within universities through organizing events, student recruitment, and publishing both research and teaching articles on the same. 


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