The pressures and expectations that confront humans are constantly changing, and can become all-consuming. Amid efforts to be fully present, show up for others, and integrate professional and personal, how do we devote time and intention to care for ourselves, both in community and as individuals? Through programs associated with Care and Well-being, The Commons and collaborative partners will explore the ways in which we can better understand the practice and components of care and well-being.
Questions for exploration include:
- How do communities make space for individual care?
- How does research on care connect to practice?
- Can stigmas associated with stress be overcome? And associations with selfcare be reimagined?
- Who has access to services and institutions that provide opportunities for care?
- What is the relationship between social justice and care?
- How are the concepts of health and well-being the same/different?
- What does care look like beyond systems of Healthcare?
- How do the expectations in higher education compare to those in other realms?
- How is the university a fertile ground for addressing these ideas?
Hosted by The Commons, the IPSR Center for Compassionate and Sustainable Communities, and the Spencer Museum of Art, and the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity; with support from the Center for Faculty Development and Mentoring, the Center for Teaching Excellence, and the Environmental Studies Program.
Recently, media outlets have offered space for a conversation that many of us know all too well--that of depletion with no reprieve in sight, and specifically, within the realm of higher education. What do scholars observe about trends in burnout and demoralization across the nation? And how might ideas like Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone’s “Active Hope,” revitalize us?
Higher Ed, We’ve Got a Morale Problem — And a Free T-Shirt Won’t Fix It, Kevin R. McClure
The economy of higher education is broken, but is KU taking the right steps to rebuild?, Chad Lawhorn
Defining Active Hope in a Changing World, Joanna Macy and Chris Johnstone