Teaching and Learning as an Act of Love, Resistance, and Healing

Thursday, October 28, 2021 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

Virtual Event

An ATL Conversation with Dr. Mays Imad, Pima College

Please register here; you will receive a registration confirmation with the Zoom info to join (and a link to a brief survey to complete before attending the workshop).

Session description:
Amidst continued uncertainty in the COVID pandemic, how are we engaging with our students and colleagues within our institutions and classrooms, this fall and beyond? What can we, educators, possibly do to help attend to their mental health and ameliorate their exhaustion and distress, while at the same time, intentionally engaging in self-care? In this session we will briefly consider the neuroscience of toxic stress and its impact on our ability to engage, connect, and learn. We will examine principles and practical examples of trauma-informed approaches and reflect on the connections between trauma-informed education, healing, and restorative justice.

Speaker information:
Dr. Mays Imad is a neuroscientist and professor of Pathophysiology and Biomedical ethics at Pima Community College, the founding coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Center, and a Gardner Institute Fellow. Dr. Imad’s current research focuses on stress, self-awareness, advocacy, and classroom community, and how these impact student learning and success. Through her teaching and research, she seeks to provide her students with transformative opportunities that are grounded in the aesthetics of learning, truth-seeking, justice, and self-realization.

Outside of the classroom, Dr. Imad works with faculty members across disciplines at her own institution and across the country to promote inclusive, equitable, and contextual trauma-informed education. She passionately advocates for institutions to make mental health a top priority and to systematically support the education of the whole student. Mays received her undergraduate training from the University of Michigan–Dearborn where she studied philosophy. She received her doctoral degree in Cellular & Clinical Neurobiology from Wayne State University School of Medicine in Detroit, Michigan. She then completed a National Institute of Health-Funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona in the Department of Neuroscience.

View Dr. Imad’s recent publications

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