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Center Yourself at the Mind, Body, Soul Health Conference (2010 Schedule)

Posted By QWOC+ Boston on July 24th, 2010

Saturday, July 31st, 2010
10:00am – 5:00pm
Simmons College’s Kotzen Meeting Center (Lefavour Hall)
300 The Fenway
Boston, MA

About the Mini-Conference

The Mind, Body, & Soul Mini-Conference is yet another event that Queer Women of Color and Friends (QWOC+ Boston) has created to respond to voiced need of the local LGBT People of Color Community to have more frequent, crucial, round-table discussions – real talk – about the health of the marginalized groups within the mainstream queer community.

The organizers of the mini-conference believe that social networking and/or community-building are the necessary primary steps to take in addressing key socio-political health problems affecting LGBT people of color; breast cancer, HIV/AIDS, suicide prevention, and domestic violence awareness, to name a few. As such, the MIND, BODY, and SOUL Mini-Conference will seek to bring together

three various aspects of health – the mental, the physical, and the spiritual – via concurrent sessions presented by experienced community organizers, non-profit organizations, and health practitioners as a way to begin addressing these problems at the macro community level.

Thanks to the generosity of the Simmons Institute for Leadership and Change, The Network/La Red (Platinum Sponsor), and Fenway Health (Gold Sponsor) – the mini-conference will be held at Simmons College’s Kotzen Room (first floor of the library), and lunch/refreshments will be provided to attendees.

*This conference is OPEN TO ALL. Advanced registration/ticketing required. No one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

MINI-CONFERENCE SCHEDULE (subject to change, view descriptions here)
Session A (11:00AM-12:o0PM)

  • Intro to the Benefits of Meditation (Including a Live Meditation Session) Led by People of Color Meditation Sitting Group (Workshop)
  • Introduction to Early Morning Yoga (Stretching, Breathing, Centering for Beginners) Led by Mary Thomas and Abby Coakley (Workshop)

Session B (12:15PM-1:30PM)

  • Heal Yourself at Home: Natural Home Remedies 101 presented by Dillon DiGiovanni, Holistic Health Counselor of SavorYourExistence.com (Workshop)
  • The Upside of Going Down: The Ins and Outs of Sex Toys, Safe Sex, and More! (Workshop)

– 30 Minute Break – Food, Refreshments, and Socializing  –

Session C (2:00PM-3:30 PM)

  • How to Build Healthy Communities: Intra-Community Organizing within LGBT/Queer Communities of Color Led by Justice Williams, Social Justice Institute (Workshop)
  • How to Talk About Healthy Relationships within Queer and Trans Communities of Color presented by the Network/La Red (Workshop)

Close-Out Session D (3:45PM-5 PM)

  • The Elephant in the Room: How Can We Talk about Mental Health in Communities of Color?

DOWNLOAD Session Descriptions for Printing | VIEW Session Descriptions Here

IMPORTANT THINGS TO REMEMBER

  • Pre-registration is encouraged as there is limited capacity per session
  • Register at http://qwocweek2010.eventbrite.com/
  • Please remember that the first session commences at 11:00AM prompt, so we encourage people to arrive by no later than 10:30 AM
  • Lunch  and refreshments will be available during the conference
  • What Does It Take to be Black, Female and Healthy in America?
  • RENAISSANCE — Women and Trans People of Color in Hip Hop & Slam Poetry (11/30)