Taking Time for SEL*F
Webinar Addresses How Self Leads to Healing
By Sheryl E. Taylor
With the onset of the pandemic, the health and well-being of family, friends and colleagues continue to affect all aspects of our lives. To explore ways we can take care of ourselves and others through breathing/mindfulness movements, the Center for Public Service and Community Research is hosting “Taking Care of Ourselves: How SEL* F Leads to Healing” from 6:30 – 8 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 28.
According to UHD’s Dr. Laura Mitchell in the Department of Urban Education, the pandemic has forced everyone to experience a high degree of stress in their personal and professional lives and ultimately, we forget about ourselves.
“During these times of difficulty and distress, we are so busy taking care of others that we forget to take time for ourselves, said the Associate Professor of Bilingual Education. “In this presentation, we will talk and learn ways of what we can do to take care of ourselves.”
The SEL* F (Social Emotional Learning & Facilitation) presentation, which is grounded in theory and practice, provides goals and objectives to become more self-aware of our own state of being to better self-manage our personal and professional lives. Participants will be asked to perform simple movements either by standing, sitting in a chair or on the floor. Attendees also will be encouraged to have a journal/paper, pens/markers to express creative ways as they move through the process of learning to take care of themselves and others.
“I want participants to be active in doing mindful movement,” emphasized Mitchell. “They will be encouraged to share and answer about the topics we discuss. The group also will have the time and space to write/draw about ways they can take care of themselves. I hope that this presentation will give all of us an opportunity to share ways that we are taking care of ourselves and offer many of us the renewed energy of returning this semester and finding ways to connect with one another.”
The University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) is the second-largest university in Houston and has served the educational needs of the nation’s fourth-largest city since 1974. As one of four distinct public universities in the University of Houston System, UHD is a comprehensive, four-year university led by President Loren J. Blanchard. Annually, UHD educates approximately 14,000 students, boasts more than 66,000 alumni, and offers 45 bachelor’s degrees, 12 master’s degrees, and 19 online programs within four colleges: Marilyn Davies College of Business, College of Humanities and Social Sciences, College of Public Service, and College of Sciences and Technology. UHD has one of the lowest tuition rates in Texas.
U.S. News and World Report ranked UHD among the nation’s Best Online Bachelor’s Programs for Applied Administration and Best Online Master’s Programs in Criminal Justice, as well as a Top Performer in Social Mobility. The Wall Street Journal/College Pulse ranked UHD one of the best colleges in the U.S. for its 2024 rankings, with notable distinctions: No. 1 for diversity (tied) and No. 3 for student experience. The University is designated as a Hispanic-Serving Institution, a Minority-Serving Institution, and a Military Friendly School. For more information on the University of Houston-Downtown, visit uhd.edu.