The Blue Line began as a group sharing space where students from public colleges and universities in and around Bangalore, India could share their experiences of caste marginalization, how it affected their lives and, in turn, their mental health. Participants in this session will join facilitator Sri Vamsi Matta in drama/theatre methods, movement practices, art therapy, and dialogue surrounding mental health, equity, and social justice. What are the things that make you feel like you don’t and do belong? Who are the people who make you feel like you don’t and do belong? How do we create bridges between these spaces to lead to belonging? The takeaway, Vamsi hopes, is to create dialogues around the intersection of social identity and mental health.
YWCA Madison’s Racial Justice Summit (October 3–5) is one of the largest multiracial, intergenerational, and interdisciplinary annual gatherings of people committed to racial justice, collective healing and liberation in the United States. The 2023 Racial Justice Summit, offered virtually on October 3–4 and in-person on October 5, will build on YWCA Madison’s values of Humanity, Community, Growth and Restoration and invite us to practice Creating New Possibilities for Intersectional Racial Justice, Collective Healing and Liberation.