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Friday, November 8 • 4:00pm - 5:00pm
Self-Care as a Temporary Fix for Institutional Problems

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This session will explore the idea that self-care is a Band-Aid, or a temporary fix for institutional problems. While it is important to take care of oneself, the current self-care culture may reveal how our institutions are failing to take care of us. Burnout, empathy fatigue, and activism fatigue are common among higher education faculty and staff. These issues intersect with privilege such that diverse faculty and staff are overworked and underpaid, engaging in the invisible labor of supporting minority students and meeting institutional needs for diverse representation. When employees are stressed and lacking support, mindfulness is often proposed as a solution to the problem instead of systemic change. Participants will be invited to share their experiences with the current self-care culture. Participants will brainstorm solutions that seek to address institutional barriers so that we can move beyond a quick fix.


Friday November 8, 2019 4:00pm - 5:00pm EST
165-69 Lincoln Campus Center, 1 Campus Center Way, Amherst, MA 01071

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