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LEAP Session: Mindfulness and Health in Black Family Settings

Join Dr. Kesha Morant-Williams present the value of mindfulness and health in black family settings.

Friday, December 2nd, 2022

12:00pm-1:30pm

via Zoom

About this event

Dr. Kesha Morant-Williams, Author, Associate Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences

This presentation explores mindfulness practices relevant within African American families but centers around Black women in family settings because they are often the health decision makers, and they provide instrumental and other social support not only to their immediate household but also to their broader extended family.

Dr. Kesha Morant Williams is an Associate Professor of Communication Arts & Sciences. She teaches courses including research methods, interpersonal, health and African American communication. Her research interest focuses on interpersonal communication, health communication and popular media examined through a cultural lens. She is a featured scholar in the documentary Beautiful Me. Her relationship-centered teaching and research have been recognized throughout the university, in the community, and nationally. In 2018, she was awarded the Rex Crawley Service Award at the National Communication Association Conference in Salt Lake City, Utah and delivered a TEDx Talk entitled, “Wednesdays With Willie.” Additionally, she is a 2019 Lancaster YWCA Woman of Achievement. Her research has been published in peer review journals including Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Medical Humanities, Journal of Black Studies, Howard Journal of Communications, Journal of Media and Religion, Journal of Communication & Religion, Sexuality and Culture, Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric and the books Inter/Cultural Communication: Representation and construction of culture in everyday interaction and Race, Gender & Identity. She is the editor of Reifying Women’s Experiences with Invisible Illness and the book Contemporary Christian Culture: Messages, Missions & Dilemmas.

Espanol:

La Dra. Kesha Morant Williams es la asesora principal para la diversidad, equidad y pertenencia en Elizabethtown College. En consonancia con la Oficina de Diversidad, Equidad y Pertenencia, supervisa los esfuerzos y objetivos de diversidad, equidad y pertenencia del Elizabethtown College.

Firme creyente en el poder de las palabras, la Dra. Morant Williams desea explorar el impacto del lenguaje y el poder en las experiencias de comunicación. Sus intereses de investigación se centran en la comunicación relacional en entornos personales y profesionales. Sus intereses profesionales incluyen la creación de vínculos entre los ambientes académicos y los más prácticos. Su enseñanza e investigación centrada en las relaciones es reconocida en la educación superior, la comunidad y a nivel nacional. En 2018, fue galardonada con el Premio al Servicio Rex Crawley en la Conferencia de la Asociación Nacional de Comunicación en Salt Lake City, Utah. En 2022, recibió una Mención Presidencial por su trabajo en la Asociación de Comunicación de los Estados del Oeste.

Sus investigaciones se han publicado en revistas especializadas, como Journal of Health Communication, Journal of Medical Humanities, Journal of Black Studies, Howard Journal of Communications, Journal of Media and Religion, Journal of Communication & Religion, Sexuality, and Culture, Journal of Contemporary Rhetoric y los libros Inter/Cultural Communication: Representation and construction of culture in everyday interaction y Race, Gender & Identity. Es editora de Reifying Women’s Experiences with Invisible Illness y Contemporary Christian Culture: Messages, Missions & Dilemmas. En colaboración con Advantage Lancaster, es la autora de The Color of STEM, una revista que destaca a las mujeres negras y morenas de Lancaster PA interesadas en las disciplinas de ciencia, tecnología, ingeniería y matemáticas (STEM, por su sigla en inglés). Actualmente, está escribiendo un libro de autoría única que combina lo práctico y lo analítico, ofreciendo una descripción auto etnográfica de la importancia de las relaciones con propósito y la comunicación intencional. En 2018, pronunció una charla de Tecnología, entretenimiento, diseño (TEDx, por su sigla en inglés) sobre un tema similar.

Antes de incorporarse al Elizabethtown College, la Dra. Morant Williams fue profesora asociada de Artes y Ciencias de la Comunicación en la Penn State University, Berks. Además, fue profesora adjunta de estudios de comunicación en la Eastern University, reportera en Lancaster Newspapers y trabajó para varias organizaciones sin ánimo de lucro en Lancaster, PA.

La Dra. Williams obtuvo un doctorado en Comunicación y Cultura por la Universidad de Howard, un máster en Humanidades por Penn State Harrisburg y una licenciatura en Estudios de Comunicación por la Universidad de West Chester.

LEAP SESSIONS

As the Community Foundation, we know that Lancaster County is at its most extraordinary when we’re all challenging ourselves to learn, grow, and find new (or time-tested) ways to develop ways to care for our community. We are proud to leverage the extraordinary wealth of expertise, insight, and innovation to bring our community the most exciting slate of free learning sessions yet. We hope you will join us for one or all of these opportunities, and bring your questions, ideas, and hopes for taking this learning beyond the session into our shared work of building a more equitable future for our community!

MEET-UP GROUPS

The Community Foundation is committed to working with our community benefit sector to build capacity, enhance networks, and create connection! We have created a series of meet-up groups for CBO professionals to gather together, share successes, build capacity, and learn from each other. 

We have sessions for CBO development/fundraising professionals, communications/marketing CBO professionals, Executive Directors, and CBO professionals interested in exploring and deepening the work of using diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) in their organization’s mission.

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