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March 4, 2019 | 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Category: Other
Location: Student Center Hilberry D | Map
5221 Gullen Mall
Detroit, MI 48202
Cost: Free
Audience: Alumni, Community, Current Graduate Students, Current Undergraduate Students, Faculty, Staff

Participate in an interactive workshop geared toward examining and dismantling rules (control/coercion) based relationships. We will focus on creating voluntary relationships for mutual benefit, brainstorm on the culture of entitlement and the meaning of autonomy, and gain tools to incorporate empowered, anti-oppressive attitudes in everyday decisions.   Links for more reading (not required to participate!): What is the Relationship Escalator (the existing system that everyone is funneled into)? The Relationship Anarchy Manifesto (principles for non-coercive relating & community): This workshop was developed through Metro Detroit Polyamory’s Relationship Anarchy Discussions. Find Metro Detroit Polyamory’s 10+ events monthly listed on Facebook, Meetup, and Fetlife. RA specific discussions are on First Saturdays@1pm in Detroit.   PANEL BIOS: Lily Ellis, M.S. is a queer feminist in her fourth year of a Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program. She loves to do couples therapy, and her perspective on relationships and relating has been shaped by the honor to see "behind the scenes" of her clients' relationships. Relationships and relating and can be hard! As well, she is a published scholar on queer relationships, and has plenty of queer joy outside of her professional life. Juno Moriah is a facilitator for Metro Detroit Polyamory’s discussion group on Relationship Anarchy, the organizer of a Nonviolent Communication Practice Group, and a sex worker. Juno has gone through numerous trainings on sexual consent, recognizing and responding to abuse, as well as workplace organizing as a member of the Industrial Workers of the World. She was a co-facilitator of the Relationship Skills Class for the LGBT community at Affirmations Community Center, as well as a volunteer for Alternatives for Girls’ Street Outreach Program for street-based sex workers. Juno is a strong proponent of individual agency, self-determination, and hedonism. Benzi Holler is a Detroit transplant from Tucson, Arizona who has been practicing non-monogamy for 9 years and strives to create a culture of intimacy through encouraging mutual vulnerability and autonomous relating. She organizes and facilitates one of Metro Detroit Polyamory’s Relationship Anarchy discussion groups. Sociology and relationships are general areas of interest to her, but her research focuses on non-monogamy, relationship anarchy, youth liberation, and incel culture. Nicole Rohrkemper is a lifelong resident of Metro Detroit, and has 17 years experience in community organizing and group facilitation for queer and radical folks.  A key component of her queer praxis is anti-monogamism. In 2016, she founded metro Detroit’s Relationship Anarchy discussion group. She helps co-cultivate other queer community (from speed-friending, to cishetmono-norm-challenging social events), and is working with others to create space for a gathering to apply the lens of anarchist principles to interpersonal relating, to be held May 2018.

For more information about this event, please contact LGBT Student Advisory Board at 3135771010 or