Triggers and Trigger Warnings at the Symposium

The Power and Privilege Symposium cares deeply about the health and mental safety of all students and staff who attend the Symposium. One of the reasons the Symposium was created was to give a platform to under represented voices on campus and make students feel like they were being heard. To that end, the Symposium staff has reviewed the workshops, lectures, and panels and tagged ones that may be particularly triggering so that attendees may get the most out of their Symposium experience.

A trigger is is an experience that causes and individual to relive or remember a traumatic memory. A trigger is thus a troubling reminder of a traumatic event, although the trigger itself need not be inherently frightening or distressing.

Due to the nature of the Symposium – where discussion of challenging or potentially distressing issues is encouraged – many of the workshops could be potentially triggering. The directors of the Symposium and workshop leaders have tagged events which will discuss or may include images of sexualized, racialized, or gendered violence, as well as discussions of self harm, suicide, and depression. However, we cannot tag every potential trigger and so we encourage students and staff to review descriptions of events before they attend so that they can choose which events are best for them and their emotional safety. Descriptions are currently being added to the event schedule and should be available by the night of 2/10.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

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