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WISR Graduation Ceremony, September 12, 2020

The WISR Community is Invited

Saturday, September 12th

10:00am Gather

10:30am Program

Music (including Drumming), Poetry &

a Celebration of our Graduates!

The Program in PDF format to download

Video/phone conferencing Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85848395793

Phone# 669-900-6833 with ID# 858 4839 5793. To RSVP or for help with technical difficulties call 510-655-2830 or email johnb@wisr.edu and provide a phone# in case of technical difficulties.

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Celebration of Graduation

 

Saturday, September 12, 2020, 10:00am gather; 10:30am program

Processional  ~ Pomp & Circumstance by Edward Elgar, performed by Stephen Douthit, WISR Student, MS in Psychology Program

Introduction & Bahai Prayer, Blessed is the Spot ~ Marilyn Jackson, PhD, Faculty & Executive Assistant to WISR’s President

Song ~ The Wind by Cat Stevens ~ WISR Ad Hoc Ensemble

Welcome ~ Brian Gerrard, PhD, Faculty & Chief Academic Officer

Drumming ~ All Nations Drum of Oakland, CA

Introducing The Graduates ~ John Bilorusky, PhD, WISR President and Faculty; Ronald Mah, MA, LMFT, PhD, Faculty, Alumnus & Director of MFT Program

Voices of the Graduates ~ WISR Graduates talk about their experience studying at WISR, and their plans for the future

Family and Friends of the Graduates ~ Family members and friends are invited to say a few words on how they see the WISR program has shaped the life of the graduates

Conferring of Degrees ~ Marcia Campos, MA, WISR Board President

Holy Curiosity ~ Sung by Sudia Paloma-McCaleb, EdD, Faculty, Director of Doctoral Program

Poem ~ I Dream a World by Langston Hughes, read by Kelley Marable

Recessional ~ Hanif & The Sound Voyagers, introduced by Monika Scott-Davis

Closing Words ~ Jober Tarin 

Photo Taking (with screen shots)

Thanks to all the participants and special thanks to Elsa-Jennie Bliss, Kelley Marable, Monika Scott-Davis

Candidates and Their Degrees 

Kelley L. Marable

Bachelor of Science

Community Leadership and Justice

August 31, 2020

 

Danish Qasim

Master of Science 

Education and Community Leadership

September 30, 2019

 

Monika Scott-Davis

Doctorate in Education

Higher Education & Social Change

 

Sajad Shakoor

Master of Science 

Education and Community Leadership

March 24, 2016

 

Ahmad Jober Tarin

Master of Science in Psychology

February 13, 2020

 

Click here for the Current Monthly Seminar Announcement in downloadable pdf or html

WISR SUPPORTS FACEBOOK AD BOYCOTT IN JULY!

WISR faculty voted June 26, 2020 to suspend our purchase of Facebook Ads during the month of July, in support of civil rights groups that have called for boycott of Facebook, because of Facebook’s failure to limit “racist, bigoted, anti-Semitic, white supremacist and otherwise violent content.”

 

 

RACIST POLICING PANEL

A PANEL DISCUSSION

Saturday, June 27, 2020
10am-12pm

Organized by Rosa Reinikainen, MFT, WISR Adjunct Faculty

Panelists:

Sevgi Fernandez, WISR Alum, Founder & President of Together We Stand

Richard Lawrence, MDiv, author of Light, Bright, Damn Near White: Stories and Reflections of a Multi-Racial Black Man’s Battles Against Racism in America

Monica Scott-Davis, LMFT, WISR Alum, Behavioral Health Clinician at Roots Clinic, Oakland & Private Practice in Berkeley, CA

Racist policing has a long history in the United States. From slave patrols to Jim Crow Laws and in present time with what Michelle Alexander calls “the New Jim Crow” there has been a long lineage of violence, harassment, harm and killing of Black and Brown people. Recent killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade and Rayshard Brooks by police and the lynchings like those of Ahmed Aubery, Robert Fuller, and black and trans women Raia Milton, Dominique Rem’mie Fells and many others have spurred a call to action. These killings add to the long list of African American people who have been killed by police officers and other lynching type of killings. We can not sit back and stay blinded to these injustices. There are currently protests and demonstrations of different forms happening around the country as well as around the world. The time for change has come.

This seminar is a panel discussion on the subject of Racist Policing and how we can create change. Therapists and Educators have a particular responsibility to address and dismantle racism. Racist Policing along with systemic forms of racism is particularly traumatic for black people. As therapists and educators we have a duty to help change and dismantle the traumatic, humiliating systems that deny black and brown people of their dignity and humanity. Panelists will discuss their work, world and lived experience related to this subject.

Video/phone conferencing Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/82810919867; ID 828 1091 9867; phone# 669-900-6833. To RSVP or for help with technical difficulties call 510-655-2830 or email rosa.reinikainen@wisr.edu and provide a phone# in case of technical difficulties.

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Center for Child & Family Development Joins WISR!

The Center for Child & Family Development officially joined WISR this week. The Center has for 35 years provided children and families, particularly under-served families, with school-based family counseling services in Bay area public, private, and Catholic schools while also providing supervised training and internship opportunities for individuals training to be licensed therapists. Toni Nemia, LMFT is the Executive Director and Jacqueline Shinefield, EdD is Chair of the Advisory Board. This is an important new opportunity for WISR to collaborate with a group committed to education for social justice. The Center will be a very valuable practicum option for those WISR MFT students who wish to gain experience in school-based family counseling in the Bay Area, and an unpaid internship option for recent WISR MFT alums.

 

Coronavirus Pandemic, Part II

 

Pandemic Stress Reduction Project

Report from the Disastershock Global Volunteer Team

 

Saturday, May 16th

10:30am to 12:30pm PT

Part Two, WISR seminar series on the Coronavirus Pandemic:

Immediate Tasks and the Bigger Picture

Dr. Brian Gerrard, WISR’s Chief Academic Officer and several of his colleagues . . .

The Disastershock Global Volunteer Team consists of 70 members from 22 countries. This international team, formed in April, 2020, has as its mission translating the Amazon book Disastershock: How to Cope with the Emotional Stress of a Major Disaster into 20 different languages and providing them free to parents, educators and mental health professionals around the world. The team leaders: Brian Gerrard and Sue Linville Shaffer, together with the Chinese team leader – Ning Tang; the Spanish team leader – Damian Gallegos-Lemos; and the New York City team leader – Jacqueline Shinefield, will give a progress report on how their specific sub-teams are helping families to cope with the stress caused by the Covid 19 pandemic. Attendees will learn about the real-world challenges for making psychosocial interventions during a disaster.

To join from a distance use Zoom Meeting ID: 196-243-617  https://us02web.zoom.us/j/196243617 or by phone 669 900 6833. For help with technical difficulties call John Bilorusky at 510 601 8164 or email johnb@wisr.edu.

Perspectives on The Green New Deal & Environmental Justice, Where Do We Go From Here?

Saturday, April 25th, 10am-12:30pm

Join us to hear our three panelists, followed by discussion.

The Green New Deal: A Capitalist Solution to a Capital Problem? Cara Judea Alhadeff, PhD (www.carajudea.com/www.zazudreams.com),
is a member of WISR’s Academic Advisory Board and former Professor of Gender and Critical Pedagogy at UC Santa Cruz . She is a fine-art photographer/ video-artist, Iyengar yoga teacher, and author of dozens of books and articles on philosophy, art, gender, ethnic, and cultural studies. Dr. Alhadeff will discuss how activists can live their ethics in order to collectively organize for climate justice. Dr. Alhadeff states that At this juncture of geopolitical,ecological, social, and corporeal catastrophes, we must question and critically reframe supposed solutions such as ‘sustainability,’ ‘the Green New Deal,’ and the Renewable Revolution (‘renewable’ energy alternatives to fossil-fuel addicted economies). These relational paradigm shifts must include historical, cross-cultural, and intergenerational perspectives.

The Green New Deal and the Transformative Power of Change: Sudia Paloma McCaleb, EdD is a WISR Faculty member and Director of WISR’s EdD Program, formerly of New College of CA. She is also Director of the Center for Critical Environmental and Global Literacy (www.ccegl.org) which builds collaborative relationships between Bay Area educators (and beyond) and indigenous communities in Oaxaca, Mexico and Sonsonate, El Salvador.  Dr. Paloma McCaleb has led a dozen interactive (with music and discussion) workshops on “The Green New Deal” (GND), a conceptual framework for future legislation in Congress that will address the climate crisis while ensuring that social justice is held paramount during the course of the transition. 

Environmental Justice: Kyle Bilorusky, BA candidate in “Society and Environment” at UC Berkeley. Kyle has recently assisted Sudia Paloma, in introducing the Green New Deal at the ethnically diverse Oakland Tech High School. Previously, Kyle did internships in the office of Congresswoman Barbara Lee, and California Public Interest Research Group, and was mentored by Margaret Gordon, head of the West Oakland Environmental Indicators Project. Kyle Bilorusky will present insights from his honors thesis on increasing attention to Environmental Justice in secondary school high school curricula. 

To join from a distance use Zoom Meeting ID 690-486-240, https://zoom.us/j/690486240 or by phone 669 900 6833. For help with technical difficulties call 510 655 2830 or email john.bilorusky@wisr.edu.

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Upcoming Seminars at WISR–Online Only! By Zoom

The Western Institute for Social Research (WISR — pronounced “wiser”) offers individualized BS, MS and EdD degree programs for working adults living in the Bay Area, throughout the US and around the world. Tuition is an affordable $625/month, our MS in Psychology leads to the State MFT and LPCC licenses, and students may design interdisciplinary and tailored-made areas of study within Education and Social Change, and Community Leadership and Justice. WISR faculty are a distinctive group, who combine intellectual rigor with practical know-how, and they are eager to guide, mentor, support and collaborate with each student in personalized ways.

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 UPCOMING SEMINARS 

 

All seminars are online by zoom, community friends welcome!  More detailed information, including list of MFT seminars, and  technology discussions at:  https://www.wisr.edu/hot-news/

Saturday, April 25th, 10 am- 12:30 pm:  THE GREEN NEW DEAL & ENVIRONMENTAL
JUSTICE, WHERE DO WE GO FROM HERE?  join by zoom:   https://zoom.us/j/204739752

Saturday, May 2nd, 10 am to Noon: HUMAN DIGNITY AND HUMILIATION DIALOGUE  join by zoom: https://zoom.us/j/259655949

Saturday, May 9, 10 am to Noon: MFT Practicum Process Group and Seminar on TeleTherapy—zoom info to be announced.  Contact johnb@wisr.edu for details.

Saturday, May 16th: 10:30 am to 12:30 pm. NEW!  JUST ANNOUNCED! There will be another WISR seminar for mutual support, discussion, and idea- and information-sharing on the current crisis, and beyond-on Saturday, May 16th, 10:30 am: Topic: Coronavirus Seminar–Immediate Tasks and the Bigger Picture —  Time: May 16, 2020 10:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada — Join Zoom Meeting  — https://zoom.us/j/196243617?pwd=aGExb1l2QmM2QjVOV2NCK1hhTUh4dz09  

Saturday, May 23rd, 10am-1pm. PSYCHOPATHOLOGY AND DIAGNOSTIC PRINCIPLES VI.  Join by Zoom: https://zoom.us/j/192461465       

Saturday, May 30th, 10 am to 12:30 pm: PROFESSIONAL WELLBEING, A TURNING OF THE SOUL! join by zoom:  https://zoom.us/j/239196828 

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WISR Web Page For the Larger Community on the Coronavirus

MOBILIZING & COMING TOGETHER DURING THE CORONAVIRUS

REV. RICHARD LAWRENCE REFLECTIONS ON BATTLES WITH RACISM Saturday, March 14, 2020, 10:00 am-12:30pm

Richard Lawrence' book, Light Bright Damn Near White

Victor Bloomberg, LCSW, WISR EdD Student, and Richard Lawrence, MDiv, WISR Board of Directors, Facilitators. 

In conversation with therapist Victor Bloomberg, author, activist and retired minister Richard Lawrence recently asked, “How is it that I’ve always known that I’m loved and lovable despite all of the abuse that I’ve suffered from racism?” Implicit in Richard’s question is a premise: the power required for emancipation is love. Our dialog is intimate. Intimacy is healing, empowering; and the vulnerability is mutual. Clinical education for psychotherapy attempts to teach methods of intimacy constrained by the Hippocratic Oath. We hope to show examples of non-clinical intimacy guided by the same ethics. Richard and Victor plan to use the seminar conversation and post-seminar feedback to guide their continuing efforts. Their project’s goal is to create short videos that can be used at WISR and in the community to support social justice activists.

This will be the premier showing of an 8 minute video that Richard and Victor produced. In it, Richard shares an incident of racism and imagines turning it into an educational resource to combat racism. The significance of racist injustice is discussed. It is the second video produced by Victor and Richard in the past few months. The first video they produced was shared on the WISR Community Discussion Forum at Google Plus. The theme that ties each video is: “Respect for dignity empowers and emancipates.” The first video provides some context for the seminar. The Youtube  link is: https://youtu.be/jfj6YK6cACA . Following the premier of the second video, the seminar conversation will begin!

Richard Lawrence and Victor Bloomberg co-founded a nonprofit,  “Info Power To The People, Inc.,” in 2004. Its mission is to support the development of  grassroots organizations. Both of them emerged from the historic wave of movements for human and civil rights during the 1960s. Richard’s work with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and Rev. Jesse Jackson in Chicago instilled in him a lifelong dedication to social justice activism. Richard’s memoir is the foundation for continuing conversations between him and Victor. It is: “Light, Bright, Damn Near White: Stories and Reflections of a Multi-Racial Black Man’s Battles Against Racism in America” 

To join from a distance use Zoom Meeting ID 204-739-752, https://zoom.us/j/204739752 or by phone 669 900 6833. For help with technical difficulties call 510 655 2830 or email john.bilorusky@wisr.edu

WISR 11th ANNUAL CONFERENCE SCHEDULE

 

Thursday through Saturday, October 24-26, 2019


TRANSFORMING OURSELVES AND THE WORLD:

The Western Institute for Social Research (WISR)
Learning Community in its 45th Year

 

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