FOSTERING WELLNESS AMIDST INSTITUTIONAL ANXIETY AND RACIAL STRESS
with Dr. Howard Stevenson and Dr. David Olsen

A workshop for all faculty, counselors, diversity practitioners, and school administrators looking for ways to better understand and cope (and help others better understand and cope) with stress and racially stressful encounters.

March 2, 2020 • 8:00 am – 3:30 pm
Choate Rosemary Hall, Wallingford,  CT

On Monday March 2nd, 2020, in partnership with CAIS and the Commission on Diversity in Independent Schools, Choate Rosemary Hall will host a full day event on racial literacy and coping in the face of racial stress and conflict, as well as understanding how anxious systems and individuals interact and how to implement healthy boundaries and lower stress reactivity. Participants will explore these topics through workshops led by Dr. Howard Stevenson and Dr. David Olsen.


 

Racial Stress, Conflict, and Literacy: Dr. Howard Stevenson will introduce participants to his model for racial literacy and coping in the face of racial stress and conflict. Attendees will take part in hands-on activities designed to build their self-awareness and ability to practice stress management and stress reduction techniques (and offer these to students) during and after racially stressful encounters.  Dr. Howard Stevenson is the Constance Clayton Professor of Urban Education, Professor of Africana Studies at the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate School of Education, and Director of the Racial Empowerment Collaborative at Penn designed to promote racial literacy. He is an expert on how racial stress and trauma impact daily life and author of Promoting Racial Literacy in Schools.

 

Burn out, Boundaries, and Self-Care: Dr. Olsen’s workshop is designed to help educators better understand how anxious systems and individuals interact and how to implement healthy boundaries as individuals and, in turn, help create healthier school communities. Dr. David Olsen is the Executive Director of Samaritan Counseling Center and Adjunct Faculty at The Sage Colleges. He is an expert in the field of advanced family therapy and author of Saying No to Say Yes.

 


 

The schedule for the day includes both collective conversation and workshops designated by affinity groups (PoC and White identifying). The schedule includes:

Morning

 

8:00 – 8:45

Continental Breakfast and Registration (full group conversation)

8:45 – 9:00

Welcome and Overview

9:00 – 11:30

Workshop 1 (choose one)

  1. Dr. Stevenson’s Racial Stress, Conflict, and Literacy Workshop – (PoC-identifying faculty)
  2. Dr. Olsen’s Burn out, Boundaries, and Self-Care – (White-identifying faculty)

Afternoon

 

11:45 – 12:45

Lunch (full group conversation)

1:00 – 3:30

Workshop 2 (choose one)

  1. Dr. Stevenson’s Racial Stress, Conflict, and Literacy Workshop – (White-identifying faculty)
  2. Dr. Olsen’s Burn out, Boundaries, and Self-Care – (PoC-identifying faculty)