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From Unwell to Wellness: Mitigating Role Strain and Fostering Success in Community Colleges

From Unwell to Wellness: Mitigating Role Strain and Fostering Success in Community Colleges

Keynote speaker: Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher

This Faculty Development Day keynote address at Waubonsee Community College by Dr. Eboni Zamani-Gallaher, director of OCCRL, will examine the issue of holistic well-being and development for community college students as an equity issue, given the disproportionate attention paid to their mental health in the extant literature. The presentation will highlight stressors for diverse groups and contextualize various aspects of role strain, role conflict, barriers to wellness, and how systemic inequities affect students (i.e., their physical, physiological, and psychosocial holistic health) and, subsequently, their success.

Attendees will have the opportunity to consider the nuances of wellness relative to awareness, choice, and the process involved in attaining and maintaining a healthy well-being. The critical importance of cultural proficiency and employing an antideficit lens in working with community college students will also be discussed. The session will close with a discussion on strategies, skills, and support systems that facilitate the promotion of healthy well-being.