• October 3, 2018
  • 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Namaste Hall
    California Institute of Integral Studies
    1453 Mission Street
    San Francisco, CA 94103
Add to Calendar 10/03/2018 7:00 pm 10/03/2018 9:00 pm America/Los_Angeles Community Diversity Panel on Homelessness and Social Action Community Diversity Panel on Homelessness and Social Action with Panelists: Sekayi Edwards, Traci Ruble, Laurel Elliott, Sean Stefon Bell and Richard Buggs as moderator. Namaste Hall
California Institute of Integral Studies
1453 Mission Street
San Francisco, CA 94103
Office of Alumni and Office of Diversity and Inclusion cmitchell@ciis.edu false MM/DD/YYYY

Free Event with Light Refreshments

Direct questions to Cynthia Mitchell at cmitchell@ciis.edu 

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Event flyer with shopping cart and panel photo under it Sponsored by the Office of Alumni and the Office of Diversity and Inclusion

"In the Beloved Community, poverty, hunger and homelessness will not be tolerated because international standards of human decency will not allow it."---- Martin Luther King Jr

This panel is intended to generate a conversation around how CIIS alumni and students are engaging the emergency of homelessness in the Bay Area. We hope that the conversation can demonstrate how CIIS can be a positive influence in supporting the homeless population, how our graduates can become involved in these efforts, and how we can all take action to address this increasingly challenging reality.

Many issues may come up along with the discussion about mental health access such as the tech boom and its negative effect on the middle class, as well as the current political climate.  We aim to inspire current students and to give alumni a chance to share with us what they're up to after graduation. 

Light refreshments will be served.

Sekayi Edwards (EXA ‘13) Behavioral Health Clinician at Southeast Child/Family Therapy Center, is a lifelong student of imagination and creativity. His exploration of the personal, cultural, and spiritual meaning that creativity brings to healing. Sekayi is a musician, composer of instrumental music, game developer, and expressive arts therapist working with children, youth, and families living in San Francisco.

Traci Ruble (ICP '05) CEO of PSYCHED Magazine and Director of Sidewalk Talk, a community listening project with city chapters across the US, Canada, Portugal and South Africa. Recently featured in Forbes Magazine, she is in private practice and previously worked in tech, selling software to the federal intelligence community. Traci also studied politics at UC Santa Barbara.

Laurel Elliott is a Drama Therapy Counseling Psychology student completing her studies at CIIS. She is interning at Because Justice Matters, a faith based community organization in the Tenderloin which specializes in providing services for the women and girls who live in the neighborhood. She has been delighted and blessed to witness client's use of drama therapy techniques in processing significant trauma and adverse childhood experiences.

Sean Stefon Bell (EXA '18) is an AMFT currently working with children and families in the Contra Costa County and anticipates starting his small, supervised, private practice working primarily with queer people of color in the East Bay Area. He worked formerly as an MFT trainee at Queer LifeSpace (QLS) a nonprofit counseling agency that sought to bring sustainable mental health and substance abuse services to the LGBTQ+ community. Formally trained as an artist, he utilizes the visual arts, literary and poetry therapies, sand tray, mindfulness, metaphor, and narrative techniques. Sean Stefon practices under Afrocentric, trauma informed, cultural relational, and emotion focused frameworks and spent several years working with "at-risk" youth and homeless teens and families in residential milieus.

Moderator:  Richard Buggs (CLN '96) Dean of Alumni 

For questions, contact Cynthia Mitchell at cmitchell@ciis.edu

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