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Don't Forget to BREATHE (Boundaries Reflect Evaluate Acknowledge Thankfulness Heal Energize)™

Wednesday, March 6, 2024  |  3:00-4:30 PM Central Time

 (4:00-5:30 PM Eastern, 2:00-3:30 PM Mountain, 1:00-2:30 PM Pacific; convert other time zones here)

Registration is $25.00. You must have a Zoom account and use the associated email address during the registration process.




Empirical evidence shows that individuals' emotional well-being and physical health can decline when experiencing chronic microaggressions (Jana and Baran, 2020). Additionally, navigating the covert layers of procedures, protocols, politics, and outright racism is multifaceted and often emotionally brutal for people of color, especially in academia. Although you know that you are not alone, at times, it certainly feels like you are. In those moments of isolation, fear, anguish, distrust, anxiety, and discouragement, it is so vital that we do not forget to BREATHE (Boundaries, Reflect, Evaluate, Acknowledge, Thankfulness, Heal, & Energize!)™. This interactive and reflective workshop is designed to help people of color collectively unpack some of the proverbial weights of academia, explore the importance of self-care and self-prioritization, and develop practices and processes that will enable us to heal from the trauma of racism, oppression, and systemic barriers so that we can renew our internal strength, continue our leg of the race, and simply BREATHE.


Markenya L. Williams, EdD

presenter Markenya L. Williams, EdD  

Dr. Markenya L. Williams is an Assistant Professor in the Early Childhood & Education departments at Harper College. Dr. Williams is also one of the inaugural Justice, Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (JEDI) Faculty Fellows. 

At Harper College, Dr. Williams teaches Introduction to Education and Introduction to Early Childhood Education. Her research interests include: curriculum gaps in teacher education programs, the impact of equity-centered higher education leaders, racialized trauma and healing strategies and transformational diversity, equity and inclusion practices in higher education.

Dr. Williams is a proud Board member and the first Diversity and Equity Chairperson for the Kishwaukee region of the Illinois Principals Association,  a Board member and the first Vice-Chairperson for Burst Into Books Inc. and an active member of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People and the National Action Network.

Dr. Williams holds a doctorate in educational leadership from DePaul University, a master's in curriculum and instruction and a bachelor's in board of governors from Chicago State University and an associate's degree in early childhood education from Richard J. Daley College. Additionally, Dr. Williams holds valid Illinois Professional Educator Licenses in Early Childhood Education (Type 04) and General Administration (Type 75).

Important Details:

  • Download the latest version of Zoom on your device BEFORE the webinar begins. Launch and sign into Zoom, click on your profile picture (top right corner) and select Check for Updates. 

  • A recording will be sent to registrants approximately one week after the webinar.

  • Live captions and sign language interpretation provided. Email for assistance.


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