18th Annual Activism Symposium: "Exploring the Mind: Battling the Stigma of Mental Health"
For the 18th annual Activism Symposium, this year's topic is "Exploring the Mind: Battling the Stigma of Mental Health." Join us for a day of understanding the complexity of mental health. Sessions will be hosted throughout the day.
The Activism Symposium is a day-long collection of student panel discussions, presentations, workshops that culminates with a keynote talk. This year's keynote is presented by Rhea Parks, creator and founder of a mobile app that encourages, inspires and promotes others to become their best selves spiritually. She currently works as a therapist for the Hillside Family of Agencies and the Family Center in Syracuse, N.Y.
To see a tentative schedule of event and activities, along with descriptions, please click here. (Access is limited to members of the Wells College community.)
Schedule of Events
Kaylen Furr '21: "More Than Just an Eating Disorder: Breaking Stigma"
Courtney Good '19: Title TBD
Amanda Kelly '12: "How to Make a Peer-led Support Group on the College Campus?"
Lunch - catered by Hallmark Dining
Keynote Speaker: Rhea Parks
"R.E.A.C.H. for a Forgiving Community: Thoughts to Words to Action"
John Tolley '19: "Autism and Mental Health with the Modern Political Climate in America"
Workshop with Sarah Van Orman and Stephanie Zuber: "Impact of Mental Health"
President's Advisory Committee on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (PACDEI) Book Club Reflection
with Sarah Markowitz, associate professor of psychology; Sara Levy, associate professor of education; Rebecca Myers, visiting instructor in English; Carol Henderson, library director; and Latesha Fussell, director of campus life for diversity and inclusion
"UMOJA's Talk-Back: Unpacking the Black Solidarity Conference"
with Brandon Jackson '19, Diamond Benson '21, Ketricia Timmons '19
About the Activism Symposium
Since 2002, the Activism Symposium has been an annual opportunity for the Wells community to gather and learn more about the difference we each can make individually and collectively in this world. The purpose of the student-centered symposium is to promote civic engagement, encourage critical thinking, and find links between the academy and the world at large. One objective of the day is to empower Wells and local community members to use the college as a space for advancing social justice and community development through interdisciplinary study.