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Faculty Wellness and Belonging in Academic Spaces

Hosted by Stanford Doerr School of Sustainability, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Office & Jennifer Saltzman
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About Event

RSVP is now closed for this Friday's workshop, but we still have space. If you are interested in attending, please send an email to Isabel Carrera Zamanillo at [email protected]

Wellness is often seen as a non-academic component, separate from faculty activities and goals. In this workshop, Dr. Otalvaro from Stanford LifeWorks and Dr. Chima from the Stanford Flourishing Project will discuss the relationship between wellbeing and academic spaces. They will offer faculty and lecturers tools and methods to advance a sense of belonging in classroom and lab settings. Participants will also have an opportunity to experience a community-oriented guided meditation to reflect on teaching practices and faculty wellbeing.

We will meet in the sunken circles, so bring sunglasses and a hat.

Gigi Otálvaro, Ph.D. – Associate Director of LifeWorks

Gigi Otálvaro is an educator, interdisciplinary performance artist-scholar, writer, and psychogeographer. As Associate Director of the Division of Health and Human Performance, she leads LifeWorks. Her research and pedagogy engage mindfulness-based art practice, Latina/x and women of color feminisms, queer of color critique, sexual commerce and performance, as well as art and activism. Prior to her current position, she was a Teaching Fellow in the Program in Writing and Rhetoric, where she taught research-based writing courses exploring the connections between visual art, performance, embodiment, and mindfulness. She has a Ph.D. in Theater & Performance Studies with a minor in Art History from Stanford University, an M.A. in Visual and Critical Studies from California College of the Arts, and a B.A. in Hybridity and Performance from Brown University. Recent publications have appeared in Latin American and Latinx Visual CultureOpen Space (San Francisco MOMA’s online platform), Art Practical, and Performance Research. She is the recipient of the first-ever Carl Weber Prize for Integration of Creative Practice and Scholarly Research (Theater & Performance Studies) and has also received awards from Stanford’s Office of the Vice Provost for Graduate Education, the Women’s Community Center (the university-wide Graduate Feminist Scholar Award), Core77, Franklin Furnace Fund for Performance Art, the San Francisco Art Commission, the Potrero Nuevo Fund Prize, and the National Association for Latino Art and Culture, among others.

Aneel Chima, Ph.D. - Director of Health & Human Performance & The Flourishing Project

Aneel’s core interests exist at the intersection of the science of wellbeing, leadership praxis, and transformative technology studies. The questions animating his work are: What is the future of human flourishing in a hyper-complex, ever-accelerating cultural context where technology is ubiquitous? How do we practice flourishing authentically, propagate it effectively, and create vibrant, inclusive communities that ignite it? Aneel is passionate about using psychological insights to affect sustainable social change. Currently, he serves on the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Integral Studies (CIIS) and of Consciousness Hacking, a global community exploring technology as a catalyst for human transformation. He holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the Institute of Transpersonal Psychology and a B.A., with honors, in consciousness studies from the University of California at Santa Cruz.

Attendees will earn E-digital DEI stickers for attending this event, but it is open to all the Stanford community.