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Events Friday, Dec 3, 2021 8:45 am - 8:00 pm

Teach-In: Cultivating Seeds of Community Wellbeing and Happiness

Add to Calendar 2021-12-03 08:45 2021-12-03 20:00 America/New_York Teach-In: Cultivating Seeds of Community Wellbeing and Happiness The first of three teach-ins meant to build community understanding of mental health, equity, and belonging.
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Cultivating Seeds of Community Wellbeing and Happiness: A #Better Together Teach-In

Join us for a day of virtual drop-in workshops and activities, to study, reflect, connect, and take action for mental health and wellness. Sessions include meditation, belonging, art and gratitude, poetry and storytelling, and more.

Register now. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email. See below for schedule.

Did You Know?

The first teach-in was held in March of 1965 at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, as an alternative to a teaching strike protesting the Vietnam War. About 3,500 people participated in an exciting day and night of debates, lectures, movies, and musical events protesting the war. News spread quickly, and by the end of that year, 120 campuses had held similar teach-ins. This model of gathering, teaching, and learning for a specific cause outside of the curricular structure has inspired other initiatives across the decades. Among these initiatives include Black Lives Matter teach-ins held in 2015-2016 at university campuses across the United States.






Morning MindfulnessTake a moment to rest, refresh, and de-stress with a mindfulness practice

Jacob Aqua, graduate student and Counseling Center intern

8:45-9:15 am 

Opening Welcome
and Moment of Inspiration 

Interim Dean Amy Rutstein-Riley, Marianne Adams, CAPS 



Community Building Circle (for Graduate School of Education community). How are we showing up for one another? Join a virtual circle to strengthen our GSOE community.

Tina Carter De La Cruz, Patricia Crain de Galarce



Trauma of the Times and Why Belonging Matters 

Joe Ristuccia, Lesley Institute for Trauma Sensitivity  

10:00- 10:30 

Supporting Employees During Difficult Times 

Ashley Murray, Doctoral Student

10:30- 11:00 

Strength in Our Scars
This art-based storytelling of resilience will result in a community wall hanging 

Lela Clawson-Miller and team from the Center for Inclusive and Special Education 

11:00 - 11:55 

Wellness Break

  • Meditation space 
  • Dance and movement 
  • Laughing yoga 
  • Peaceful painting 

Christina Chandler, Diane Ronchetti Cooper, Yazmin Colon Garcia, Jacob Aqua


12-12:55 pm 


The Armor Workshop: explore the intersectionality of identity that helps shield and protects through art and story. Join and create.



Reflections of Trauma and Resilience using a lens of intersectionality.

Jennifer Herring 


Connect with a sense of warm-heartedness, gratitude, and interconnectedness 

Jacob Aqua


Tea Time with Toddlers
Join with your child and discuss working and studying from home with little ones 

Tracy Greenfield, Alicia Gray, Yazmin Colon Garcia 



Telling Our Stories: self-advocates speak out. A conversation to enhance a culture of disability pride.

Linda Lengyel and Lesley Students 

3:30 – 6:00 

Creating Classrooms of Belonging and Wellness

David Levine, Teaching Empathy Institute

6:00- 7:00 

Fireside Chat
These are trying times for transformative teachers. Come process your troubles and share supports.
Amy Rutstein-Riley and GSOE faculty and students  7:00-8:00 pm
Graduate School of Education