A Thoughtful Approach to Cultural Collisions and Anti-Racism
Fumble Forward is a framework for approaching the most awkward and challenging moment of a delicate, charged, tense, or harmful conversation. That most difficult moment is brought forward as a springboard for healing and understanding. When misunderstanding, emotionality, and resentment begin to fester—and most people crave avoidance—Fumble Forward aims to redirect mounting negativity into breakthrough moments through intellectual and cultural humility. Through intentional community, we will work towards encountering the unexpected and unknown with confidence, awareness, and calm.
Donna Mejia, the framework’s originator, will summarize the framework and welcome all into exploring shared questions and discussion. All proceeds will be donated to the Dairy.
Donna Mejia is CU Boulder’s Inaugural Chancellor’s Scholar in Residence at the Renee Crown Wellness Institute; Associate Professor, the Department of Theatre and Dance; and Affiliated Faculty for the Departments of Women & Gender Studies, Ethnic Studies, and the Center for Teaching & Learning. Mejia is steeped in artistic traditions of the African and Arab Diaspora, and emerging fusion traditions in Transcultural Electronica. She serves as Faculty Director of the Crown research programs focusing on embodiment and trauma-informed somatic additions to programming, cultural retentions and innovations, intersectionality, anti-bias and anti-racism efforts, gender equity, healing, and well-being through the arts. Her awards include a 2021 Legends of Dance Award by the Carson Dance Library, the 2022 CU President’s Faculty DEI Award, and a CU Boulder Outstanding Graduate Mentor Award, and the 2011 Fulbright SJC Honor for International Dance Scholarship. For more information about her publications, performances, awards, and endeavors, please visit: https://donnainthedance.com/