PACT and GWG held event on how our identities impact our field experiences

  • Our identities are multidimensional and complex. Many times this may mean that our identities do not fit under a single category or label.
  • In some contexts, identity can be a luxury, not a choice: we can sometimes take our right to claim an identity for granted, but not every person may have that right.
  • We should question the concept of survival — basic human needs also relate to having spaces where we feel safe.
  • Always scan for allies when you walk into the room and work together!
  • Recognize your own privilege and power and speak out against discrimination!
  • Do research on local realities and listen to ideas from diverse people on the ground before implementing programs — how would they interpret the situation and work to improve conflict dynamics in their communities?
  • Recognize local norms to engage with each member of the community to the fullest.
  • Avoid extractive interactions: always share back your data, results, and findings with communities in an accessible manner.
  • Apply new lenses and perspectives to programs you are already a part of.
  • Manage your own expectations and be persistent — what are your main personal objectives when you go into the field and what is possible in the time you have?
  • Take CGA opportunities to work in the field. Leverage the Workshop in Applied Peacebuilding and do fieldwork for your thesis/capstone.
  • Take steps to build your risk tolerance. Build your safety networks, know your limits, reflect, and phase into risk.



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