These tools can help students understand what saviorism is and how to avoid it. The video linked below describes saviorist approaches and how it views the individual providing the service as the main character, rather than the community in which the individual is infiltrating. Saviorism uses cliches and heroism, especially when engaging with communities abroad.

This article, from The Onion, is a satirical approach to saviorism. It mocks those who boast about service and focus entirely on the social capital of participating in such, not the benefit it can have.

  • Faculty and SLTAs can use these resources to help students visualize saviorism in community-engagement and stimulate conversations on how to avoid it with their community partner.