Community Comes Together for the Holistic Research Symposium

Educators, students, and members of the Holistic community were brought together on Thursday, May 25th to explore big questions at the Holistic Research Center‘s Research Symposium. Nearly 50 attendees came out to the John F. Kennedy University Berkeley campus to explore topics ranging from internalized stigma to technology and consciousness, featuring presentations from the Holistic Research Center (HRC) research groups.

The HRC contains three separate research groups that, while focusing on different topics, carry a similar significant thread of focusing on how systems and people impact each other. These groups presented initial findings of their compelling work over the course of the day. Dr. Zvi Bellin and JFKU student Jessica Youseffi discussed their mixed-methods project investigating how marginalization and mindfulness impacts individual’s sense of meaning. Dr. Jason Butler and Dr. Shanna Butler discussed their evolving work on exploring the cultural shadow. JFKU student Pam Costa shared on the influence of peer groups on female sexual health. Even if you were unable to join us at the Symposium, you can still experience the evocative work of these researchers by checking out the short videos of their presentations.

In addition to the HRC researchers, the event featured John F. Kennedy University adjunct professor Carole Griggs, speaking about her innovative research on consciousness and artificial intelligence. We also welcomed as our keynote, Dr. Alicia del Prado, whose research and presentation centered on multicultural individuals and the invisibility that can come with multicultural identities.

The Symposium succeeded in sparking deep dialogue, asking challenging questions, and bringing together a conscious community. There are more opportunities to join us in holistic reflection and inquiry! On Thursday, July 13th, at 7pm, we’ll be screening the film CRAZYWISE at the Berkeley campus. This documentary questions our perceptions of mental health and illness. Join us after for a post-show discussion.

We hope you???ll join us as we continue to question, explore, and connect!

Join us for our next event, a screening of the film Crazywise.