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Fall 2020 Speaker Series: Dr. Mays Imad on Trauma-Informed Pedagogy
October 2, 2020 @ 11:00 am - 12:30 pm
Leveraging the Neuroscience of Now: Trauma-Informed Pedagogy in Turbulent Times
To be able to help students, we need to first be able to recognize trauma in ourselves. In this seminar, we will consider the neuroscience of traumatic stress and its impact on student learning. Specifically, we will address the impact of the ongoing pandemic and the long-ignored calls for racial justice on our sense of self and overall well-being. What lessons can we learn from neuroscience to help us better negotiate the pain and anxiety in ourselves and our students? How can we leverage the healing power of the community to help us move forward and help ourselves and our students continue to learn and thrive?
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 relate to cognition, metacognition, and, ultimately, 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, and self-realization. Dr. Imad received her undergraduate training in philosophy from the University of Michigan and her graduate training in Cellular and clinical neurobiology from Wayne State University-School of Medicine.