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Self and Community Care [clear filter]
Saturday, June 15

9:00am MDT

Loving Oneself: Engaging in Sustainable Community Activism
Limited Capacity seats available

In this workshop, participants will join in discussions surrounding stress and burnout, learn how to recognize signs and symptoms of these conditions, and will engage in mindful meditation practices related to healthy coping mechanisms for healing and sustainability.

Presenter Bios:

Maria Vega Clark is a native Puebloan. A progressive activist since participating in the Chicano Movement in the 70’s. Started through high school organizations as well as a member of the Teatro de La Lucha. Attended CU-Boulder Study Abroad Program in Xalapa Vera Cruz, Mexico. Participated in excursions through southern Mexico and Guatemala. Participated in the Longest Walk from Boulder to Pueblo late 1970’s. Background includes Early Childhood Education, the Bilingual Program in Denver, CO, and Community Advocacy for students and families attending public schools.  Received a B.A. in Anthropology through USC – Pueblo with a minor in Spanish. Moved on to receive a Master’s degree in Counseling through Adams State University in 2010. Supportive member of the Cinco de Mayo Committee, Abolish Columbus Day/ Día de La Raza Committee. “I am  usually supporting any cause that needs to be addressed to support the oppressed and help create equality.” Currently teaching High School Spanish.

Yvonne J. Montoya is an Associate Professor of Communication & Rhetoric at Colorado State University-Pueblo. Additionally, she is the Director of the Communication & Rhetoric minor and course director for COMR 103 Speaking & Listening. Dr. Montoya's research interests include work-life wellness, organizational socialization and retention, and communication-centered interventions for coping with stress and trauma.  Her Ph.D. is in Communication with an emphasis in organizational communication. She also holds a Master's degree in Organizational Management and a Bachelor's degree in Communication. She has taught numerous face-to-face and online courses and workshops emphasizing interpersonal, organizational, spiritual and intercultural aspects of communication.

Patricia O'Brien is a community organizer and social worker in Pueblo, CO with many years working to end violence against women and abolish the prison industrial complex.

Saturday June 15, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Chameleon 004 (Lower Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA
Sunday, June 16

9:00am MDT

Supporting Resilience for Artists and Educators
Limited Capacity seats available

Program Description: This collaborative/interactive session focuses on cultivating resilience while working inside (and challenging) oppressive systems. Session includes discussion, embodied practices, and resources.  

Abstract: This collaborative and interactive session focuses on cultivating personal and creative resilience while working inside (and challenging) oppressive systems. Specifically, we are investigating the most pressing needs related to wholeness and wellness inside educational institutions, creative companies, and community organizations. We speak from the wisdom of our experience as: womxn of color, an immigrant, and as a first generation college graduate.

We will structure the session in three parts, beginning with the panelists sharing their perspectives and experience that prompted this conference offering. Next, we will facilitate three embodied practices that we have found useful for self and community care that may also serve our attendees. These are (tentatively):
  • An active/physical approach to “polling” in a room full of people to encourage civil discourse. This is a twist on the forum and image theatre concepts.
  • Using image theatre to demonstrate abstract concepts such as oppression, patriarchy, etc, and re-shaping them into more positive, evolved figures.
  • An activity in which the group creates a pie chart of how our time is spent, then recreating a pie chart of how we wish our time was spent. We can also use bodies to physicalize this.
  • We will conclude will a facilitated group discussion in which participants can offer their own tools and wisdom on this topic, and provide a printed handout with additional resources and research.  

Challenging Questions
1. What are the pressing needs related to wholeness and wellness for graduate students, theatre artists, and educators?
2. What are three embodied personal practices that cultivate our health and well-being, and fuel our continued work?
3. How can we challenge oppressive systems in order to support more sustainable and meaningful creative and academic pursuits?

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Stacey Cabaj

Assistant Professor of Acting and Pedagogy, Loyola Marymount University
Stacey Cabaj is an award-winning actress, performance pedagogy specialist, and voice coach. She holds an M.F.A. in Theatre Pedagogy from Virginia Commonwealth University and a B.F.A. in Musical Theatre from the Boston Conservatory at Berklee, as well as teaching certifications in... Read More →

Sunday June 16, 2019 9:00am - 10:30am MDT
Cottonwood 217 (Upper Level) 2200 Bonforte Blvd, Pueblo, CO 81001, USA