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Challenging Multiple Oppressions in Counselor Education
Challenging multiple oppressions in counselor education
Stuart F.Chen-HayesLehman College of the City University of New York

Being “out” as a gay, gender-variant counselor educator in a multiracial/multilingual family has led me to witness numerous instances of oppression. Oppression is defined as prejudice multiplied by power used by members of the dominant group to keep nondominant group members from accessing resources and opportunities. For example, persons from nondominant family structures, sexual orientations, gender identities and expressions, languages, and racial and social class identities are denied access to resources individually, culturally, and systemically via heterosexism, transgenderism, linguicism, racism, and classism. I conclude with implications for overcoming multiple oppressions in counselor education.

My noticing and naming oppressions began in the 1980s as a graduate student ...

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