**NEW DATE: THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 17 AT 3:00PM EST**
PLEASE NOTE SESSION WILL RUN 3:00PM EST TO 4:15PM EST
What it Takes to Integrate Diverse Perspectives: Using Positive Psychology in Cultural Work
Gwendolyn VanSant will present on how positive psychology and some of its scientifically researched methods support advancing equity and justice work in workplaces and community organizing. Using appreciative inquiry, growth mindset, resilience and character strengths to identify the personal values and business case connection along with developing a shared vision are some of the applications of positive psychology.
In advance of the meeting, we encourage you to view the following videos from the New Pathways series:
Maria Sirois on “Courage: Building Resilience Under Stress” (6:25)
Newell Eaton on "Prioritizing What Matters Most In Times Of Chaos And Transition" (11:19)
You may also find useful information from Gwendolyn’s blog post from July “Bringing Positive Psychology Into Equity and Justice Work As We Build Anew” and the VIA Institute on Character’s 24 Character Strengths.
This session is open to all. We encourage you to invite other members of your organizations and boards to attend, and ask that each person register individually.
This event is part of a series of virtual trainings with Multicultural BRIDGE addressing cultural competency.
Future sessions with Multicultural BRIDGE (schedule subject to change)
October 8 at 3pm EST
November 12 at 3pm EST
December 10 at 3pm EST
Founded in 2007, Multicultural BRIDGE is a grassroots organization dedicated to advancing equity and justice by promoting cultural competence, positive psychology, and mutual understanding and acceptance. The organization acts as a catalyst for change through collaboration, education, training, dialogue, fellowship and advocacy.
Gwendolyn VanSant is a trainer & facilitator in diversity leadership, cultural competence and coalition building for justice and equity. She is the Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founding Director of Multicultural BRIDGE and contributes to several teams across the region to promote safety, equity and trust in communities and workplaces. Gwendolyn has worked with corporations, schools, colleges and universities, law enforcement, hospitals, teaching and leadership institutes, and more. In addition to designing cultural competence trainings, Gwendolyn is a frequent speaker and long-time activist deeply rooted in gender equity and positive psychology.