Writer, Theologian & LGBTQ+ Activist
The Reverend Monroe is an ordained minister, religion columnist and motivational speaker. As an African American feminist theologian, she speaks for a sector of society that is frequently invisible. Read More >
LGBTQ Issues in Religious Communities| PBS: Amanpour & Co
This talk or workshop provides spiritual guidance to help promote social action. Read More >
It looks at holistic and inclusive approaches of working on multiple issues- misogyny, xenophobia, racism, anti-Semitism, Islamophobia or homophobia, to name a few- by doing the following:
The above-mentioned objectives will allow for broader solutions to social justice problems that address multiple movements simultaneously and different dimensions of intersectional activism that single-issue organizing failed to recognize. Read Less ^
All relationships are relationships of power. Our understanding or lack of understanding about power is reinscribed in both your social and sexual relationships. Read More >
We will explore how abuse of power is integrally tied to sexual, racial, class and religious stereotypes and misinformation we act out in bed. As a site of subjugated knowledge, we will gather to examine our bedroom politics as a lens to critique our actions with one another and in the world as religious activists aimed at doing social justice work. Read Less ^
This talk or workshop works toward the goal of a participatory and multicultural community by examining the intersection of race, gender, class and sexuality, and how they impact identity, identification, and community building.
Monroe's prejudice reduction workshop serves as a vehicle in shaping awareness of systemic racism, sexism, heterosexism, and other “isms” within institutions and an analysis of the specific barriers to change. Read More >
The specific goals of the workshop are: Read Less ^
Goal and Aim: team building workshop has a one simple goal and aim. Read More >
Work Preferences Workshop is an application of a flexible small-group activity to enable players to express, explain, and exchange what they need, want, or like in a work and learning situation.
Work Preferences Workshop has two important outcomes: Read Less ^
This talk or workshop will examine the ways in which whites are harmed by a system of institutional racism, even as that system provides immense privileges to them based on skin color. Although people of color are the targets of racism, whites, ironically, become the 'collateral damage' of the system that bestows such privileges upon them. Read More >
Specifically, the workshop will look at the ways in which racial privilege "traps" whites, mentally (in terms of encouraging racist mindsets and internalized beliefs in supremacy), culturally (in terms of requiring "whites" to relinquish their actual cultural/ethnic/national identities for the sake of 'becoming white'), economically (in terms of forcing allegiance to an economic system that disempowers most whites too), politically (in terms of encouraging whites to support public policy that is against the best interests of most persons, including most whites), and even spiritually.
This workshop also examines the ways in which systemic privilege "sets up" whites for a fall, by encouraging dysfunctional notions of entitlement that lead to a host of destructive and pathological cultural tendencies among the dominant group. Read Less ^
"Rev. Irene was a delight to work with and have at IU Southeast! She challenged attendants to simply search outside the box; she encouraged all of us to question. Part of our job in the Student Program Council is to stretch both body and mind by offering programs that promote a well-rounded and diverse education; per attendant and event feedback the lecture is considered quite a success!"
“We could not be more appreciative to Rev. Monroe for sharing her time and wisdom with our community. Her energy was infectious, connections to community and organizing incredible, and passion for people obvious. Her speech was timely and needed as part of our annual Rainbow Lunch, where she seamlessly connected racial justice, LGBTQ+ activism, and spiritual life. She later had a conversation with students where she made connections in a less formal setting. We were more than thrilled to have her with us, especially in a virtual format due to COVID-19. We would highly recommend her!”
"She was absolutely amazing. I have had numbers of emails and drop-ins just to tell me how much they loved her presentation. The student reception was well attended and she was very generous of her time with them and they too are grateful for the time they had with them. This was a very good choice she left us inspired and thinking more critically."
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