We each live a unique story, but taking the time to understand our own narrative is the first step is embracing the social responsibility of respecting everyone’s individual lived experiences. Dr. LeClair will share her inspiring story of overcoming trauma. You will be encouraged to explore your emotional past, explore your relational patterns, release negative experiences, and build resilience so you can communicate authentically and create healthier relationships personally and professionally. Building on principles of empathy, mindfulness, and self-compassion, we will discover how you can draw upon your past narratives and create new tools for moving through difficult experiences. Having self-understanding and compassion allows for us to have greater empathy and respect for a diversity of people and their stories.
Dr. Cassandra LeClair is an award-winning professor, author, motivational speaker, and sexual assault survivor. She is an expert in communicating feelings and improving connections. Cassandra’s mission is to educate individuals on how to have effective and healthy communication to enhance their personal and professional lives. The purpose of this work is to help others improve self-awareness and gain an understanding of their communication patterns to enhance their physical, mental, and social well-being.
Co-sponsored by the UIS School of Communication and Media; UIS Gender & Sexuality Services; UIS Women's Center