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WISR Discontinues BS Program to Continue to Emphasize Graduate Programs

In order to focus on our graduate programs, which have always been our main emphasis, we have discontinued our BS program in Community Leadership and Justice, as of February 2021 (all BS students enrolled in the past five years have completed their degrees!)

CANNABIS AND THE CANNABINOID HEALTH SCIENCES

CANNABIS AND THE CANNABINOID HEALTH SCIENCES

Saturday, February 27th
10am-12pm

Uwe Blesching, PhD, WISR alumnus. With the increasing acceptance and legalization of medicinal a

nd recreational use of cannabis health care providers from all the healing arts are challenged to learn more about this new and emerging field in medicine, the cannabinoid health sciences. Does cannabis work? Can it work for me or those in my care? And, what is the evidence? 

In this seminar we will answer these broad questions with some basic answers. More specifically: You will learn about the endocannabinoid system (ECS), its rudimentary mechanisms of action and its functions; how endocan

nabinoids, phyto-cannabinoids, and other compounds interact with this system; discuss the safety profile of cannabis, its potential side-effects and addiction potential, higher-risk populations; and understand the potential role of cannabis as an ‘exit drug’.

Uwe Blesching is a medical writer, author, and speaker in the areas of cannabinoid health sciences and mind-body medicine. He is the author of multiple books including the Cannabis Health Index, Breaking the Cycle of Opioid Addiction, and Your Cannabis CBD:THC Ratio. He served patients and the community for twenty

 years as a Paramedic for the City of San Francisco and holds a BA in Humanities from the New 

College of California and an MA in Psychology and a PhD in Higher Education and Social Change from the Western Institute for Soc

ial Research. He is the Co-Founder and Chief Science Officer at CannaKeys.com.

Video/phone conferencing Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87334052593; ID 873 3405 2593; phone# 669-900-6833. For help with technical difficulties call 510 655 2830 or email john.bilorusky@wisr.edu

New Book by WISR Alumni

Now Available!

A beautifully illustrated, well-researched book, Dancing for Peace, by the Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project–a history of tribal government and treaty violations by the U.S. to today’s new tribal Constitution. 

The Omaha Tribal Historical Research Project (OTHRP), the designated cultural authority of the Omaha tribe, is conducting a fund-raiser to support their many efforts to educate tribal members and the larger society, to advance the tribe’s interests, and to preserve its cultural heritage.

Anyone wishing to donate at least $10 (half the proceeds to OTHRP, and by OTHRP’s wishes, half to WISR as decades-long collaborating and supporting organization) will receive access to an eBook (4 pdf files), Dancing for Peace (2021).

Access to all four pdf’s may be obtained by donating to WISR and OTHRP, at least $10.00 to the PayPal merchant: mail@wisr.edu –please check the option that the money is for “friends and family” since this the purchase of the pdf’s is a donation to two tax-exempt organizations (WISR and OTHRP who are sharing the donations equally, at the request of OTHRP).

Once you’ve made the donation, please request access to Dancing for Peace from either Margery Cofffey (margerycoffey@yahoo.com ) or John Bilorusky (johnb@wisr.edu) and you will receive a link to access and download the 4 pdf files.

Dancing for Peace takes a look at Traditional Tribal government documented by Dr. Francis La Flesche, Esq., in The Omaha Tribe (1911). It traces both the Treaty era from the Papal Bull in 1493 to the ending of that period in 1872 along with a discussion of the time in which the Treaties occurred and a critical look at their contents.

In 1934 the Congressional passage of the Indian Organization Act (IRA) imposed upon Indian Country, including the Omaha, a cookie-cutter “tribal” constitution that proved inadequate and alien to ancestral governance. Today, most Indigenous Nations have adopted new Constitutions, but not yet the Omaha. OTHRP has compiled a new Omaha Constitution based upon the 2007 Constitution of Ecuador, which reflects the United Nations Declaration of Indigenous Rights. Both this constitution and the UN Declaration are included along with a Traditional Tale comic on Coyote and greed.

This book is copyrighted by OTHRP, and since the pdf’s are eBooks that you have received as a “thank you” for your donation. Therefore, the links accessing the pdf’s and the pdf’s themselves are not to be shared with anyone outside your family or immediate circle of closest friends. That is, you should only share them with others the same way you would loan a paperback book to one of your immediate friends or family members. Since the access to the pdf’s can be obtained for a very modest $10 donation ($10 donation for access to all pdf’s) and since this is an important fund-raiser and source of publicity for OTHRP and WISR, we encourage you to suggest to others, such as coworkers and community/professional colleagues, that they make a $10 donation to obtain access.

Thank you for your support of OTHRP and WISR, Dennis Hastings, Founder/Director of OTHRP, Margery Coffey, Assistant Director of OTHRP, richard chilton, Project Facilitator, OTHRP, and John Bilorusky, President and Faculty Member, WISR.

Dennis Hastings and Margery Coffey earned their MA and PhD degrees at WISR. 

 

 

 

 

 

 

WISR Newsletter: February 2021

WISR Newsletter: February 2021 (go to “Read More” and click on link to view)

HUMAN DIGNITY AND HUMILIATION QUARTERLY DIALOGUE

MFT & Interdisciplinary Seminar 

Saturday, January 16th

10am-12pm

Rosa Reinikainen, MFT, WISR Adjunct Faculty, Facilitator. 

We are so fortunate at WISR to be linked in with the global network of Human Dignity and Humiliation Studies.  Evelyn Lindner and Linda Hartling have dedicated their lives to the important study of these dynamics.  Understanding the dynamics of humiliation is critical to healing from these cycles and restoring our innate dignity.

We live in a highly interconnected world. Humiliation cycles happen in a social, political, environmental, relational and interpersonal level, as well as an internal level.  It is important to look at our participation in these systems. There is escalating social instability, political unrest, violent conflict, economic injustice, and climate change and now a pandemic, which is already increasing and exacerbating existing inequality. There are massive issues with Police murdering 

back and brown people. We are having increasing climate disruption leading to floods, wildfires, earthquakes, and hurricanes. In looking at these dynamics we can create the impetus to design innovative, sustainable, and mutually dignifying solutions to these problems. We will discuss how we can create systems that ensure equal dignity for all. 

This seminar is a discussion about Human Dignity and Humiliation.  It is a ‘come-as-you-are’ discussion, meaning you do not need to have a deep understanding of these ideas.   We have all had experiences that are relevant to the discussion. These dialogues can help create change. Come discuss human dignity and humiliation with me.  

Video/phone conferencing Zoom link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85437182678

Phone# 669-900-6833 with ID# 854 3718 2678. Please RSVP rosa.reinikainen@wisr.edu or  call 510-655-2830 and provide a phone# in case of technical difficulties.

COMPUTING BASICS

GOOGLE FOR EDUCATION, AND ZOOM

What Students and Faculty Need to Know for These Times!

Saturday, January 30th

10am to 12:00pm

Mark Wilson, WISR’s Learning Experience Designer\Technologian will present a short overview of computer and internet fundamentals for online learners; also, we’ll explore Google’s rebranding of the G Suite for Education to Google Workspace. And Zoom. Please keep a log of your computing challenges to share and discuss.

Video/phone conferencing Zoom link

https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85321454020

ID 853 2145 4020; phone# 669-900-6833

For help with technical difficulties call 510 655 2830 or email mark.wilson@wisr.edu or john.bilorusky@wisr.edu.

Prospective Students and Community Learners are invited to attend these seminars.

WISR EVENTS CALENDAR

JANUARY 2021 WISeR News

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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.

Western Institute for Social Research
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930 Shattuck Avenue, Suite 300
Berkeley, CA  94705
(510) 655-2830
www.wisr.edu 

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.

 

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