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VIRTUAL: Grief Journaling Workshop

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
During these uncertain and heartbreaking times, we know many people are hurting and looking for ways to deal with all of the emotions that are bubbling up. With us not being able to go to our loved ones when they are sick and/or dying, or to take solace in gathering with other loved ones, many of us are dealing with things we may never have before in our lives. One thing that we at the Oak Park Public Library have found that helps is journaling. While this is not counseling or therapy, it is a way for us to express ourselves and we invite everyone to journal with us.

In addition to dealing with the pandemic, other tragic events of life and death are still happening all around us.

Have you experienced the loss of a loved one (a partner, family member, mentor, friend, etc.)? Are you experiencing ambiguous loss* or anticipatory grief*? Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, you are welcome to join us on this journey of journaling. Each session will begin with prompts and/or a guided meditation followed by time to journal. At the end of each session, we will set aside time to share, if you feel so moved. Feel free to come to any or all workshops.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.

* Ambiguous loss refers to loss without closure. The person is often left searching for answers, which often results in unresolved grief. Some examples are infertility, termination of pregnancy, disappearance of a family member, death of an ex-spouse, a family member being physically alive but in a state of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer's disease or dementia, etc.
* Anticipatory grief refers to a feeling of grief occurring before an impending loss.
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VIRTUAL: 2020 Restorative Justice Conference The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity Opening Ceremony

6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite

Throughout October, the conference will be held via Zoom. Individual sessions will be offered on Wednesdays and Fridays.

The goal of this year’s conference is to provide the community with strategies to cope in these extreme times. “2020 has been very difficult for everyone,” says the library’s Manager of Teen Services Stephen Jackson. “This year’s conference is about ways people can support themselves and others, find balance, and find tools just to connect. Connection is something so many of us need right now.”

Each week, we’ll explore one of the four quadrants of the medicine wheel.

  • Opening Ceremony: Friday, October 2, 6-8 pm
  • Week 1: Mental (October 7 & 9)
  • Week 2: Spiritual (October 14 & 16)
  • Week 3: Emotional (October 21 & 23)
  • Week 4: Physical (October 28)
  • Closing Ceremony: Friday, October 30, 6-8 pm

We’ll be releasing more information, dates, and times in the coming weeks. 


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VIRTUAL: 2020 Restorative Justice Conference The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity-Mental

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite

Please join us for Oak Park Public Library's third annual Restorative Justice Conference, held virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout October. This year's theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. Sign up now to receive email updates about the conference »

In week 1, we are highlighting the mental component of humanityWeek 1 focuses on strategies one can use to build stronger skills for your mental well-being.  

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join in the event. 


10am-11am Community Commons- trained facilitators will be available to facilitate a virtual talking Circle.

11:15am-12:15pm Community Commons- trained facilitators will be available to facilitate a virtual talking Circle.

2pm-3pm Community Commons- trained facilitators will be available to facilitate a virtual talking Circle.

3:15am-4:15pm Jacquelyn Eadie- My Mind Shapes my World

5pm-6pm Community Commons- facilitated by FEELREEL Spaceholders will rotate to hold shared virtual space for conference participants to come together. A space to explore what is being learned and what are challenges. 

6pm-7pm Peter Howstrawser- Growth Mindset

7:15pm-8:15pm Frances Kraft- The Power of Partnerships

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Jacquelyn Eadie is the Executive Director for Project Increase which was founded in 2015.  Their mission is to destroy poverty through education and opportunity.  Areas of focus are education, employment, business development, restorative justice & trauma.  Project Increase takes these issues and examine their relationship to poverty, thereby identifying economic gaps in the community and filling them with economic solutions. 

Jacqueline holds a bachelor’s degree in accounting information systems from Devry University and a master’s degree in business administration with a concentration in Finance as well a Graduate Certificate in Entrepreneurial Studies from the Keller Graduate School of Management and has worked in finance for over 10 years.  She is employed with the Academy of Nutrition & Dietetics where I oversee their Accounts Receivables. She partnered with Project Increase because of her need to take the knowledge that she acquired to help my neighborhood which was economically disadvantaged.  Her goal is to empower voices in making key economic decisions that will improve their overall quality of life.


Peter Hostrawser has been a business educator in the Chicago area for over 20 years founding the OPRF School of Business at Oak Park and River Forest High School in Oak Park, Illinois. Peter is the host of the Disrupt Education Podcast showcasing creative and non-traditional learners and their stories and thoughts on how to change education. He along with Audrey Boyle and Dr. Peter A. James co-founded Hall pass Education which specializes in connecting academia to reality for business and individuals. Peter is an entrepreneur and change agent for traditional educational systems and has helped hundreds of entrepreneurs start and continue their paths to success.

Contact info:
twitter @peterhostrawser
IG @officialpeterhostrawser

FEELREAL is an experiential social platform powered by a community of skilled and committed spaceholders. Our mission is to create inclusive and authentic experiences for people to come together to share stories & resources, to practice emotional wellness & mindfulness, and to build resilient & equitable communities. www.feelreal.net




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VIRTUAL: 2020 Restorative Justice Conference The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity-Mental

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite

Please join us for Oak Park Public Library's third annual Restorative Justice Conference, held virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout October. This year's theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. Sign up now to receive email updates about the conference »

In week 1, we are highlighting the mental component of humanityWeek 1 focuses on strategies one can use to build stronger skills for your mental well-being.  

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join in the event. 


10am-11am Tatiana Swancy- Mental Balance. Join Tatiana, a Oak Park Public Library staff and trained Circle Keeper will facilitate a Circle on mental balance. 

11:15am-12:15pm Community Commons- trained facilitators will be available to facilitate a virtual talking Circle.

2pm-3pm Zaire Brooks- Activity and its Effects on Mental Health In this workshop Zaire Brooks will explore how incorporating healthy physical activity can help you improve but not focus on the physical progress that comes along with it, but really emphasizing its impact on your mental well-being. 

3:15am-4:15pm Josephine Horace-Jackson- Endogenous/Exogenous Depression and Anxiety: Trauma in the House This workshop will examine the difference between the two forms of depression and how they can be correlated to genetic, environmental, and social factors. Also, how mental health in many areas have gone largely ignored, which causes undue stressors and or triggers that continually has an effect on our daily lives.

5pm-6pm Sadiah Rothleutner- Therapy The purpose of this workshop is to get people who aren’t actively in therapy understand more about the benefits of it and learn why it’s important to hopefully go to therapy.

6pm-7pm Kaleigh Clarke- Writing Poetry This workshop will entail a virtual poetry writing workshop so bring your pen and pad. 

7:15pm-8:15pm Josh Easter & Cody Cotton- Perpetual Self-Learning  A part of the leadership team of A Greater Good Foundation will facilitate a virtual workshop in the mental quadrant of the medicine wheel entitled "Perpetual Self Learning". This dynamic duo has lead many social and emotional learning workshops through their organization- A Greater Good Foundation. They have been blessed to transform the lives of numerous underprivileged male youth by providing them with opportunities to excel in life.

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Zaire Brooks is a 19-year-old Sophomore at Triton College studying music technology and sound production. He is a recording artist who has been writing and releasing music since 2017. Since then he has participated in several performance events in cities such as Miami as well as Chicago downtown. Some of these events more specifically include the “Showcase Tour competition” hosted by “Open Stage Club” in Miami, and the “Emcee Olympics” that took place in Chicago. Zaire is a part of the social justice group held at the Oak Park public library titled “Living History” who were responsible for hosting the “Community Control of Police” zoom video conference most recently and has been working together with them since 2018.  He has also served as a student mentor to spoken word students at OPRF. Zaire is a kind hearted, community focused, jovial individual looking to improve the quality of the lives around him and within communities. He sees is role as pushing forward the expansion of the definition of black excellence.

Josephine Horace-Jackson is a mother to 3 adult children and 4 grandchildren. She is a surrogate and adoptive mother to countless across this Nation. Her professional life has consisted of 27 years in various areas of Healthcare. Having to retire early because of an illness, she has taken that knowledge and combined it with education and training in the field of Criminal Justice, Lobbying, Prison Reform and Policy Making. She is involved with several nonprofit organizations around the Chicagoland area, not failing to mention being the Director of her very own. Magnificent Moms is partnered with Dynamic Dad and they as a collaborative team endeavor to reconcile the Family Unit through holistic, integrative, and functional modalities.

Cody Cotton is the Co-founder and Chief of Heart of A Greater Good Foundation. This organization was co-founded by a few young men to educate and serve diverse communities through unique service opportunities, mentor youth, and house young men in a residential extended learning community.

 

As they work towards their goal of building Chicago's first residential high school for high risk youth, Cody co-founded a holistic fitness company, Rapture Lifestyle.  Throughout his mission, Cody aims to create safe spaces that not only allow people to build perspective, understanding, and community but to show up as their best selves.

 

Since then, Cody has excelled in his passion of philanthropy and education by advocating AGGF’s cause on platforms such as WGCI, NBC News, and TEDx. He is persistently focused on his mission of serving and educating globally.


Joshua Easter was born in Oak Park, IL and raised in Chicago and Proviso Township. Being around different communities made him want to improve neighborhoods that were less fortunate economically. He attended Saint Augustine’s University in Raleigh, NC where he majored in Sport Management. He also earned his Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Northwestern University, while also working as a Teaching Assistant for children with Autism. He strives to create positive relationships and improve self-confidence through restorative practices, sports, recreation, personal development and mentorship.


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VIRTUAL: 2020 Restorative Justice Conference The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity-Mental

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite

Please join us for Oak Park Public Library's third annual Restorative Justice Conference, held virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout October. This year's theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. Sign up now to receive email updates about the conference »

In week 2, we are highlighting the spiritual component of humanityWeek 1 focuses on strategies one can use to build stronger skills for your spiritual well-being.  

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join in the event. 


10am-11am Karen Light- Creative Inner Wisdom. Join us for this workshop that focuses in the spiritual quadrant of the medicine  wheel  entitled “ Creative Inner Wisdom” Her passion for storytelling and creativity is  contagious.  Karen will help you dig deep into your soul to find your inner wisdom, if you  

love being creative. You must register for this awesome workshop!



11:15am-12:15pm Community Commons- trained facilitators will be available to facilitate a virtual talking Circle.

2pm-3pm Community Commons- trained facilitators will be available to facilitate a virtual talking Circle.

3:15am-4:15pm Sandra Sosa- Knowing You in order to Know Myself

5pm-6pm Community Commons- facilitated by FEELREEL Spaceholders will rotate to hold shared virtual space for conference participants to come together. A space to explore what is being learned and what are challenges. 

6pm-7pm Community Commons- trained facilitators will be available to facilitate a virtual talking Circle.

7:15pm-8:15pm Community Commons- trained facilitators will be available to facilitate a virtual talking Circle.

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Karen Light is an artist, coach/teacher/mentor, and the founder of Studio Light Illustration where they help creative dreamers turn those dreams into reality!  She is passionate about stories - both illustrating them and guiding others through the process of re-imagining the stories of their lives, individually and collectively.  Her toolbox has been honed from working as an artist, two decades of teaching young people, coaching teachers, artists, and entrepreneurs, studying community arts, her work in social justice, and her ever-evolving spiritual practices.


Website: studiolightillustration.com

Instagram:  @studiolightillustration

Instagram: @creativecommunitycircle

LinkedIn:.linkedin.com/in/karenlight

Facebook: facebook.com/studiolightillustration




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VIRTUAL: Try-It Thursday: Naruto Headband Design

4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
Join us for an online session of creating Naruto headbands and talking about all things manga! Students in grades 4-8 are invited to discover their creative abilities that will build on calming the mind and body. Learn artistic techniques to help deal with school stressors and build on positive thinking. Young adults will engage with friends while sharing their creative and awe-inspiring visual designs with one another.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.

Supplies needed:
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • 1 black marker
  • 4 round-head paper fasteners
  • 1 piece of brushed metal card stock or tinfoil (cut to 2 by 2 inches)
  • 1 piece of black or navy fabric (cut to 4 inches wide by 36 inches long)
Need supplies? Request a Try-It Thursday kit, and we'll let you know when it's ready for pickup at the Main Library »

Please join us for any and all upcoming virtual Try-It Thursday dates and activities:
We're planners but we're also spontaneous, and flexible! So topics might change closer to each date.

WHAT IS TRY IT THURSDAY?
Try It Thursday is a program for young adults (tweens) in grades 4-8. The activities offered are developmentally appropriate and build on a variety of skills (personal, artistic, scientific). Young adults get to meet and expand on social skills while continuing their use of and reverence for their community library.
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VIRTUAL: 2020 Restorative Justice Conference The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity-Mental

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite

Please join us for Oak Park Public Library's third annual Restorative Justice Conference, held virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout October. This year's theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. Sign up now to receive email updates about the conference »

In week 2, we are highlighting the spiritual component of humanityWeek 2 focuses on strategies one can use to build stronger skills for your spiritual well-being.  

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join in the event. 


10am-11am Tatiana Swancy- Join Tatiana, a Oak Park Public Library staff and trained Circle Keeper will facilitate a Circle on spiritual balance. 

11:15am-12:15pm Darcel Washington- The Spirit of Kindness

2pm-3pm Dawn Pirani-Brumfield- Is there a Balm 

3:15am-4:15pm 
Community Commons- trained facilitators will be available to facilitate a virtual talking Circle.

5pm-6pm Community Commons- facilitated by FEELREEL Spaceholders will rotate to hold shared virtual space for conference participants to come together. A space to explore what is being learned and what are challenges. 

6pm-7pm Darryl Allen- Powerful Spirit Humble Heart

7:15pm-8:15pm Community Commons- trained facilitators will be available to facilitate a virtual talking Circle.

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Darcel Washington is a mentor, educator, and visionary. She serves as the Teen services specialist at the Oak Park Public Library.  Her commitment to help youth thrive in life, college, and the workplace is immeasurable. Darcel has worked in the field of education for over a decade and continuously instills her plethora of knowledge and wisdom within the youth she serves.

Darcel is a Chicago native, born and raised on the West Side of Chicago. Despite the many challenges, she faced growing up in an underprivileged environment; she persevered and surpassed all obstacles. Her powerful determination, unwavering faith, and aspiring work ethic have afforded her the opportunity to work with many schools and youth programs. Some of those schools and programs include: Stay LIT Community Youth Services, Proviso Leyden Council for Community Action, After-school Program, Excel alternative high school in Delray Beach Florida and Village Leadership Academy where she initiated their life skills program. 

She has also served as a mentor and youth supervisor through the Neighborhood Recovery Initiative Program at Kingdom Communities Church where she worked hands-on with at-risk teenagers providing them with college and career counseling. She is a member of Illinois College Access Network, Illinois Mentoring Partnership, Westside Community Stakeholders Youth Council and FWC, the education committee at Indiana Avenue Pentecostal Church of God. She is the founder of Mentoring You, LLC. College & Career Readiness Program for low-income middle and high school students throughout the City of Chicago, and the co-founder of “Scholar Chics”, pre-college program for high school graduating girls.

Dawnn Brumfield earned her Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Chicago Theological Seminary (2016). She holds a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School (2009); and an advanced certificate in Counseling from The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy (2015). 

From her doctoral thesis, Rev. Dawnn has developed a leadership clinic and counseling practice designed for individuals, businesses, and religious organizations to give greater understanding to the role family of origin has on our present living, learning, and loving. The counseling practice and leadership clinic is intended to stretch a person’s competence, confidence, and cultural awareness.

She is a passionate counselor, teacher, and consultant who engages her clients in ways that matter. Her personal mission is to journey with people toward wholeness. She is most proud of the opportunities she’s been afforded to consult, teach and preach in South Africa and in Ghana, West Africa; and serve in Atlanta, GA as a chaplain at the Metro State Women’s Prison and at the Atlanta Medical Center.

Dawnn works tirelessly to make counseling accessible to everyone. She does this by offering varying fee schedules, various times, and multiple practice locations. Dawnn feels strongly that wholeness should be available to ALL people regardless of race, gender, class or culture, sexual orientation, family design and physical, emotional, or mental conditions.

Dawnn enjoys reading, writing, watching sports and spending time with her partner, family and friends. Most of all, she loves connecting with people; helping to bring purpose for an individual’s life to fruition.

FEELREAL is an experiential social platform powered by a community of skilled and committed spaceholders. Our mission is to create inclusive and authentic experiences for people to come together to share stories & resources, to practice emotional wellness & mindfulness, and to build resilient & equitable communities. www.feelreal.net




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VIRTUAL: 2020 Restorative Justice Conference The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity-Mental

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite

Please join us for Oak Park Public Library's third annual Restorative Justice Conference, held virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout October. This year's theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. Sign up now to receive email updates about the conference »

In week 3, we are highlighting the emotional component of humanityWeek 3 focuses on strategies one can use to build stronger skills for your emotional well-being.  

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join in the event. 


10am-11am Terrance Anderson- Balance Amid Chaos

11:15am-12:15pm Vanessa Westley-Restoration that Heals: The Power of Collective Healing

2pm-3pm Kelly Wilson- Supporting Staff Through Trauma

3:15am-4:15pm Darryl Allen- Healing Ears: Therapeutic Listening 

5pm-6pm Community Commons- facilitated by FEELREEL Spaceholders will rotate to hold shared virtual space for conference participants to come together. A space to explore what is being learned and what are challenges. 

6pm-7pm Gina Harris The Power of Partnerships Part 2

7:15pm-8:15pm Gail Galivan- Coping through COVID-19

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Terrance Anderson is a Community Developer who partners with people, neighborhoods, small businesses, and city governments to build sustainable and thriving communities. After spending ten years in Detroit, Michigan, working in neighborhood revitalization, Terrance knows the foundation for creating a lasting positive impact in communities is its resident’s willingness to believe in the project. During his tenure in Jackson, Mississippi, Terrance partnered with public officials and community leaders to develop programming and housing for at-risk youth, the homeless, and formerly incarcerated populations.

President Obama acknowledged Terrance's advocacy work for criminal justice reform. He is the American Planning Association’s Planning and Black Community Division’s 2020 Robert A. Catlin/David W. Long Memorial Fellow. Terrance is a member of the Mu Chapter of Alpha Epsilon Lambda National Honor Society and currently lives in New York City.

Terrance holds a BS in Business Management from Wayne State University, MA in Community Development from the University of Detroit Mercy, and is currently completing a Ph.D. in Urban and Regional Planning at Jackson State University.

Darryl E. Allen is the Founder and Chief Education Officer for the Mentorship Institute. Professor Allen taught at University of Cincinnati, and currently manages project implementation initiatives for La Sierra University’s Center for Conflict Resolution, Clemson University’s OLWEUS® Program, and Golden Gate Academy’s Education-Incubator (Oakland, CA). Notable deliverables that he developed are: Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America’s® Teen Mentoring Model, JPMorgan-CHASE’s Executive Mentoring Program, and he co-authored the American Library Association’s® Mentoring Best Practices Model for member librarians. Https://youtu.be/Z64Y5hCWeME

Gail Galivan founded Inner Alchemy consulting and coaching services for personal healing, corporate, medical, educational and professional development programs using mindfulness techniques, energy exercise and hands-on methods. She studied the art of healing and apprenticed teachings of the Far East, Egyptian and Native American cultures. More recently, her attention has been drawn to the science of epigenetics and methods relating to DNA factors influencing health and lifestyle.

FEELREAL is an experiential social platform powered by a community of skilled and committed spaceholders. Our mission is to create inclusive and authentic experiences for people to come together to share stories & resources, to practice emotional wellness & mindfulness, and to build resilient & equitable communities. www.feelreal.net




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VIRTUAL: The Art & Science of Sound in the Sea

6:00 PM - 7:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
“Scientists and artists both thrive on uncertainty and a sense of adventure.” These two ideas have inspired textile artist Lindsay Olson during a recent voyage aboard the R.V Endeavor where she worked side by side with scientists working to unlock the secrets of the ocean soundscape using ocean acoustics.

Hear Lindsay discuss how science at sea is conducted under challenging conditions and how working collaboratively with scientists inspires her to create art that helps others understand science. She will share how her projects evolved and changed not only how she made art but how she views her role as an artist in the wider community. See the art work »

ABOUT THE ART
Lindsay created densely embroidered silk panels that help describe what researchers are discovering about sound in our oceans. The work illustrates the largest daily migration of zooplankton, the sound-enhancing SOFAR channel, phytoplankton, and the dramatic vocalizations of marine life gathered by hydrophones. Lindsay drew inspiration from the work of the Swiss embroidery artist Lissy Funk and the elite artists of Mayan classical period with their profound and symbolic connection to water.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.
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VIRTUAL: 2020 Restorative Justice Conference The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity-Mental

10:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite

Please join us for Oak Park Public Library's third annual Restorative Justice Conference, held virtually on Wednesdays and Fridays throughout October. This year's theme is The Medicine Wheel: Balancing Humanity. Sign up now to receive email updates about the conference »

In week 3, we are highlighting the emotional component of humanityWeek 1 focuses on strategies one can use to build stronger skills for your emotional well-being.  

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW. After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join in the event. 


10am-11am Tatiana Swancy- Emotional Balance 

11:15am-12:15pm Andrew Tonchel- Seeds and Shelters: A Participatory Study on Building Restorative Space

2pm-3pm Dawnn Pirani Brumfield- It Takes a Village: A Closer Look at Mental Health and Stigma

5pm-6pm Community Commons- facilitated by FEELREEL Spaceholders will rotate to hold shared virtual space for conference participants to come together. A space to explore what is being learned and what are challenges. 

6pm-7pm Madeline Block- Including and Adapting to the Disabled Community


7:15pm-8:15pm Devin Davis Health & Wellness

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Dawnn Brumfield  earned her Doctor of Ministry in Pastoral Care and Counseling from Chicago Theological Seminary (2016). She holds a Master of Divinity from Vanderbilt Divinity School (2009); and an advanced certificate in Counseling from The Center for Religion and Psychotherapy (2015). 

From her doctoral thesis, Rev. Dawnn has developed a leadership clinic and counseling practice designed for individuals, businesses, and religious organizations to give greater understanding to the role family of origin has on our present living, learning, and loving. The counseling practice and leadership clinic is intended to stretch a person’s competence, confidence, and cultural awareness.

She is a passionate counselor, teacher, and consultant who engages her clients in ways that matter. Her personal mission is to journey with people toward wholeness. She is most proud of the opportunities she’s been afforded to consult, teach and preach in South Africa and in Ghana, West Africa; and serve in Atlanta, GA as a chaplain at the Metro State Women’s Prison and at the Atlanta Medical Center.

Dawnn works tirelessly to make counseling accessible to everyone. She does this by offering varying fee schedules, various times, and multiple practice locations. Dawnn feels strongly that wholeness should be available to ALL people regardless of race, gender, class or culture, sexual orientation, family design and physical, emotional, or mental conditions.

Dawnn enjoys reading, writing, watching sports and spending time with her partner, family and friends. Most of all, she loves connecting with people; helping to bring purpose for an individual’s life to fruition.

Madeline Block is a junior at Oak Park & River Forest High School in Oak Park Illinois. She has been volunteering with the disabled community in Oak Park since she was 11. She is currently a student helper in an Adaptive Acting class. She is also part of the Leading Edge Teen Advisory board at the Oak Park Public Library, and the Women In Leadership club at her school. She participates in the theater program at OPRF and has been involved in several shows. In her free time, Madeline enjoys reading, baking, playing with her turtle Mango, and of course, watching Netflix.


FEELREAL is an experiential social platform powered by a community of skilled and committed spaceholders. Our mission is to create inclusive and authentic experiences for people to come together to share stories & resources, to practice emotional wellness & mindfulness, and to build resilient & equitable communities. www.feelreal.net




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VIRTUAL: Grief Journaling Workshop

2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Virtual & Offsite
Virtual Program
During these uncertain and heartbreaking times, we know many people are hurting and looking for ways to deal with all of the emotions that are bubbling up. With us not being able to go to our loved ones when they are sick and/or dying, or to take solace in gathering with other loved ones, many of us are dealing with things we may never have before in our lives. One thing that we at the Oak Park Public Library have found that helps is journaling. While this is not counseling or therapy, it is a way for us to express ourselves and we invite everyone to journal with us.

In addition to dealing with the pandemic, other tragic events of life and death are still happening all around us.

Have you experienced the loss of a loved one (a partner, family member, mentor, friend, etc.)? Are you experiencing ambiguous loss* or anticipatory grief*? Even if you don’t consider yourself a writer, you are welcome to join us on this journey of journaling. Each session will begin with prompts and/or a guided meditation followed by time to journal. At the end of each session, we will set aside time to share, if you feel so moved. Feel free to come to any or all workshops.

REGISTER IN ZOOM NOW: After you register, you will receive a specific Zoom link to join the event.

* Ambiguous loss refers to loss without closure. The person is often left searching for answers, which often results in unresolved grief. Some examples are infertility, termination of pregnancy, disappearance of a family member, death of an ex-spouse, a family member being physically alive but in a state of cognitive decline due to Alzheimer's disease or dementia, etc.
* Anticipatory grief refers to a feeling of grief occurring before an impending loss.
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