Sick and Tired of Being Sick and Tired: Dealing with Toxic Stresses on Campus and in Our Classrooms

January 19, 2018, 11:45am to 2:00pm

Read a recap of this program.

This has been a difficult year for many Berkeley students and faculty. At the national level, we have seen an increase in hateful rhetoric and exclusionary policies directed at many identities and communities. And here on campus, we have been deeply challenged by tensions around recent speaker events, as well as by increased policing, painful intergroup dynamics, and repeated instances of bias and harassment. All of this has led to an increase in individual and collective stress, trauma, and anxiety, which research shows can negatively impact learning, memory, and emotion.

Please join your Berkeley colleagues for an open, facilitated conversation about the following questions:

  • How do we understand the collective stresses and traumas affecting our students? What is the impact of these stresses on their experience in the classroom and on their learning more broadly?
  • How do we respond when new stressful or traumatizing situations arise – either on campus or in the national context?
  • How do we manage our own stress, trauma and anxiety in these times – both for the sake of our students and for our own well-being?
  • What strategies are effective for teaching in the face of these stresses?

Moderator: Tina Sacks (School of Social Welfare)

Panelists: Rudy Mendoza-Denton (Psychology) and Amani Nuru-Jeter (School of Public Health)

Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. and the program will start promptly at 12:00 p.m. so please come early to get some food and grab a seat. As a courtesy, please give priority for food to people who registered in advance. To save waste, we will provide water in cups, but no other drinks, so if you want a beverage, please bring your own.


Registration is unavailable. Registration closed on January 18, 2018 - 5:00pm.

Dialogue Series: Teaching in Troubled Times

Audience shot at panel on toxic stress January 20, 2018

Co-hosted by the American Cultures Center, the Division for Equity & Inclusion, and the Academic Innovation Studio, these timely, interactive dialogues feature dynamic faculty panelists and engage the Berkeley community in exploring how equity and justice challenges – locally, regionally and nationally – are impacting our students, instructors, classrooms, and campus. All events feature plenty of time for open, facilitated discussion. 

Check out recaps and recordings of past programs under the Stories tab and our YouTube channel.

This Fall, join us for a "semester of learning," by exploring the topics in the series and helping us identify key take-aways, new scholarly questions, and practical strategies for the classroom.

Instructors and academic staff who participate in the full series are eligible for recognition by Vice Chancellor of Undergraduate Education Cathy Koshland and Vice Chancellor of Equity & Inclusion Oscar Dubon. More details will be shared at the kick-off event on September 5.