Full course description
November 23, 2021
11:15am - 12:00pm
In this short but reflective time we have together, you can expect to put self care into practice, learn about the fundamentals and participate in a facilitated discussion that invites us to think about our own commitment to self care but also simple and profound actions for elevating the act of self care to community care and why this matters. And, there will be door prizes!
Johannah Black, Educator Sexual Violence Prevention and Response Office
Johannah May Black (she/her) comes to UBCO from Mi'kmaki (Nova Scotia), the unceeded and traditional territory of the Mi'kmaw people. For the past four years, Johannah lived and worked in Antigonish where she worked as a sexual violence prevention educator at the Antigonish Women's Resource Centre & Sexual Assault Services Association. During her time in Nova Scotia, she created and facilitated the Waves of Change Bystander Intervention Training Program in partnership with Nova Scotian post-secondary institutions. Waves of Change was recommended as best practice in the Council of Nova Scotian University Presidents' (2018) Changing the Culture of Acceptance report. Johannah has also been an active member of the educators’ community of practice through the national Courage to Act project, a participant in the Nova Scotia Mass Casualty Commission, and a volunteer with Students For Consent Culture. In addition to her experience as a sexual violence prevention educator, Johannah also taught Introduction to Women's and Gender Studies at St. Francis Xavier university for four years. Johannah writes about misogynist violence, community care, and anti-capitalist approaches to social change. Her work has been published in various newspapers and academic journals. She has a co-authored book forthcoming in the new year. Johannah has an MA in Immigration and Settlement Studies from X University (formerly known as Ryerson University) and has completed all but dissertation in a PhD in Political Science from York University. Johannah is passionate about education as a tool for transformative justice, survivors' solidarity, and the decolonization of academic spaces.
Amanda Swoboda, Wellbeing Specialist Workplace Health and Wellbeing , Human Resources
Amanda’s (she/her) work involves coordinating health promotion events, campaigns, delivering mental health training, and consulting with leaders and teams to support psychological health and safety in the workplace. Amanda is passionate about empowering individual wellness and safe and supportive workplace culture. Amanda has over 20 years of experience working in community mental health settings, from supporting individuals as part of the de-institutionalization movement, psycho-social programming, community based research and workplace mental health training. Amanda has a Bachelor Degree in Social Work.