Guest Artist, The LGBTQ Center – Rainbow Alley
Syah Taylor serves as the Manager of Rainbow Alley, at The Center on Colfax. Originally from Little Rock, Arkansas, Syah's introduction to social justice advocacy began with attending Little Rock Central High School, the first high school to be racially integrated in the South. Syah earned their B.A. in psychology at the University of Memphis where they served as president of the Stonewall Tigers Gender and Sexuality Alliance for 3 years while also creating Campus United, which focused on teaching students about systemic oppression. During this time, Syah also worked with a team of 5 LGBTQ+ high school youth, to make positive social change in the Memphis Area for LGBTQ+ youth. Syah, recently graduated with his M.A. in Counseling Psychology at the University of Denver where he also worked providing social justice related trainings to various departments of the University.
Facing Our Inner Demons: Identifying and Reframing Internalized Oppression
Beginning, Intermediate, Advanced / Acting, Dance, Musical Theatre, Tech, , / Regular
Syah Taylor, Manager of Rainbow Alley, will define internalized oppression and identify the damaging effects it has on the mental health of LGBTQ+ individuals through an intersectional lens in this workshop. Through dialogue, participants will identify internalized oppression in their lives. Participants will learn tools and strategies from a strengths-based approach rooted in positive psychology that can be implemented in their careers, school life, and personal development. Disrupting these unhealthy beliefs and behaviors can lead to increased self-motivation, productivity and overall life satisfaction.