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Women and Girls Empowerment: Rewriting Our Narrative

March 14, 2019 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm


This powerful session will discuss Mental Health and Wellness in the lives of Black Women and Girls. Host, Professor Melany J. Silas, Mistress of Ceremony Professor Tokeya C. Graham and summit keynote, Dr. Stephanie Evans will engage us as we discuss the historical impacts of mental health and the overwhelming disparities in health and wellness for Black women and girls. We will also provide practical restorative tools of self-care and self-love that have been historically used by Black Women and Girls to heal and transform their narratives.

Community Session Objectives

– Teach and empower the Rochester Community in the area of Mental Health and wellbeing in the lives of Black Women

– Bring awareness of the impact of mental health in the lives of women and girls within the black community

– Present strategies of wellness that have been valued by Black Women historically and identify the relevance of those strategies for the present generations

Community Session Learning Outcomes

To identify ways in which mental health has impacted the lives of Black women and girls

To summarize ways in which Black women and girls can implement wellness within their lives

To provide examples of wellness strategies for self-care & self-love

To discuss the value and power in rewriting the mental health and wellness narratives in their own lives.

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Dr. Stephanie Y. Evans is Professor and Chair of the Department of African American Studies, Africana Women’s Studies, and History (AWH) at Clark Atlanta University.  Her research interest in “creative survival” includes work on health, education, religion, and music. She is author of two books: Black Passports: Travel Memoirs as a Tool for Youth Empowerment (2014) and Black Women in the Ivory Tower, 1850-1954: An Intellectual History (2007) as well as lead co-editor of three books, Black Women and Social Justice Education (SUNY, 2019), Black Women’s Mental Health: Balancing Strength and Vulnerability (SUNY Press, 2017), African Americans and Community Engagement in Higher Education (2009). She has several projects in progress, including Chair at the Table: Black Women Department Chairs on Academic Service, Leadership, and Balance as well as Black Women’s Music Therapy: Theory, Practice, and Professions (in progress).  Returning to her youth musical theater background, Evans is also working on a book about and mental health in Black women’s music memoirs. Her feminist-womanist work defines literary mentoring and her work on inner peace and healing are practical outgrowths of her research on Dr. Anna Julia Cooper’s human rights legacy.

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March 14, 2019
6:30 pm - 8:30 pm




MCC Theater
Building 4 1000 E. Henrietta Rd.
Rochester, NY 14623 United States
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