You Say Potato, I Hear Tomato: Cognitive Dissonance & Navigating Institutional Bureaucracy

Facilitated by Meera Seshadri, MSPH & LB Klein, MSW

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

4:15pm-5:30pm EST / 1:15pm-2:30pm PST


We are pleased to announce our very first CAPPA Live Webinar! While working to end gender-based violence, we continually navigate university systems that also perpetuate other forms of oppression. Particularly at predominantly white institutions where the history of social justice movements have often been co-opted and/or shaped by white supremacy, social change requires a conscious, difficult choice between either working toward gender or racial equity. Participants will gain greater understanding of the impact of implicit biases, learn tools to overcome them and help reshape our movements, reflect on their own goals and dreams, and identify proactive behaviors to change culture.




Participants will be able to:

1. Understand how implicit biases affect interaction and collaboration. 

2. Learn tools for overcoming biases to reshape the way social justice movements are created and sustained. 

3. Reflect on their own experiences, goals,and dreams. 

4. Identify actions along every level of the social-ecological model that integrates work toward both gender and racial equity. 


What is a CAPPA Live Webinar?

We will send more instructions via email, but you'll be attending through Google Hangouts on Air as a viewer. You do NOT need a microphone or camera, as you'll be able to ask questions and participate by chat/typing. The platform will also work on your mobile device, but you would not be able to participate by asking questions or giving feedback. We will send more information when we confirm your registration. You can register at this link:



Who are the presenters?


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Meera Seshadri, MSPH is the Associate Director of Harvard University's Office of Sexual Assault Prevention & Response. She works at the intersection of sexual health promotion and sexual violence prevention, promoting bodily integrity, sexual and reproductive autonomy, and gender equity through behavior change communication programs. Using behavior change communication, she works across the social-ecological model to advance gender equity, promote consent, and confront rape culture in communities worldwide. Understanding how social inequalities and rape culture affect the health, access, and mobility of adolescents is an essential focus of her work. Meera is passionate about mentoring students into social change agents and activating communities for cultural reform.  Previous roles include survivor advocacy and violence prevention at Emory and Georgetown Universities, community-based participatory research on gender equity and the built environment for high schools in Bangalore, India, and HIV/STI prevention education for adolescents in Oakland, CA. Meera is a purveyor of all things unconventional and whimsical, inspired by ingenuity and progress. She loves dark roast coffee, live music, wildlife documentaries, urban wandering, her city by the Bay, the Fall, magical realism, the art of curating, and plotting the revolution. You'll find her dancing between the sea and the Moon. She co-chairs the training committee of CAPPA. You can follow her on Twitter @MeeraSeshadri.



LB Klein, MSW has dedicated her academic and professional career to ending gender-based violence, supporting survivors, and advancing social justice. She is a researcher and educator who provides consultation and training across the United States and Canada. LB serves as a lead trainer for Prevention Innovations Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, through which she trains colleges, universities, and community organizations to implement Bringing in the Bystander®. LB is also a graduate student in the Program on Gender-Based Violence within the University of Colorado Denver School of Public Affairs. Her research currently focuses on campus sexual assault and intimate partner violence prevention programs, trauma-informed organizational cultures, and compassion satisfaction. She also writes for several publications. LB previously lead Emory University’s Respect Program and the St. Louis County Domestic Violence Court volunteer program.   She currently lives in Atlanta, Georgia with her partner, a canoe, and a lot of books and enjoys yoga, laughing (loudly), gratitude, cheesemaking, post-apocalyptic science fiction, T.rexes, and the occasional dance break. She will be a doctoral student in the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill's School of Social Work this Fall. She co-facilitates the founding leadership of CAPPA. You can follow her on Twitter @LB_Klein.

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