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Shifting the Narrative: Navigating Spaces that Prolong Trauma

Participants will take away skills of identifying not only the traumas that impact them daily, but also the tools that allow them to become agents of their own wellbeing. As we move through the session, participants should be able to have a sense of safety through vulnerability, belonging through shared stories, and restorative reflection.

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Nia's Story (she/her)

Nia Gipson (she/her/hers) is the Coordinator for the Black Student Coalition at Western Washington University. Nia received her Masters of Science in Educational Leadership with a concentration in College Student Development at Oklahoma State University. She is passionate about positively impacting the growth and development of students while also working to ensure that each campus values and centers access, diversity, equity, and inclusion. A Chicago native, Nia loves building community through dance, music, and food. 

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Chelsea's Story (she/her)

Chelsea Joefield (She/Her/Hers) is the WWU Ethnic Student Center Club Advisor & Program Manager and has a bachelor's in public health. She enjoys working with marginalized communities and building networks, strength, and resilience both in health and student affairs. She is passionate about health disparities, maternal health, and navigating access to resources. Chelsea is from Trinidad and Tobago and enjoys exploring her cultural roots through food, books, and language. 

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