Association of Size Diversity and Health 2018 Conference
August 3-5, 2018, Portland, OR
"Uniting Against Oppression: Navigating the Learning Curves in the Health at Every Size® Movement"
ASDAH is a social justice oriented organization that is committed to promoting size diversity for everyone while dismantling the systems and behaviors that contribute to size oppression. Recognizing that size discrimination does not occur in isolation, ASDAH seeks to utilize an intersectional approach that acknowledges intersections of race, socioeconomic status, gender, and able-bodiedness, among other forms of oppression. To that end, ASDAH’s mission is to partner with service providers, educators and advocates to dismantle weight-centered health policies and practices, ensuring that people who live with multiple forms of oppression focus our work.
While some of us have been doing this social justice work for decades, others of us are newer to the journey of exploring privilege and oppression. Similarly, while some of us are experts in the HAES® principles, others have just recently been introduced to these life-changing concepts. We seek to unify under our clarity of the ASDAH mission, providing enriching content for everyone.
This year’s conference theme is greatly informed by the last conference, “Difficult Conversations: Building Relationships in the HAES® Community and Beyond.” We want to continue the work that started in 2015 and acknowledge that we are still learning and growing. On this journey, we are all students. We all have much un-packing and re-learning to do around the ways we have been indoctrinated into oppressive thinking by “othering” individuals, bodies, places, and cultures.
This conference is for all of us. We will have sessions for beginners in anti-oppression and HAES® work, and sessions for “veterans” in applying what they have learned regarding social justice in the context of their professional, clinical, or advocacy work. The goal here is to be welcoming and open to each other, understanding that we all have gathered unified in spirit to stand against size oppression around weight stigma, as well as others forms of oppression. We have all gathered because we care. We have a stake in this work because dismantling oppressive systems matter to us. We will create a brave space. Stronger through our differences, we are here to navigate the learning curves. Together.
About the Conference
This year's conference will be held at the University Place Hotel and Conference Center in downtown Portland. The conference will consist of both panel presentations and workshops in order to encourage optimal discussion and learning. There will also be a silent auction in which many exciting HAES services and goods will be offered.