Wellness & Care


Programs

Got the winter blues?

Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a mental health condition that causes sadness or depression when the seasons change. It most typically occurs during the fall and winter, when days become short and exposure to sunlight decreases. It is most common among women and young adults. 

Light boxes, also referred to as SAD lamps or light therapy lamps, work by replicating natural daylight. Using a light box may reduce symptoms and provide relief from seasonal affective disorder. 

In our space in the Burge Union, the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity (Suite 1040) has a light therapy lamp that is available for student use. Our Flamingo Floor Lamp provides 10,000 lux of full-spectrum UV-free, LED light. 

Please email us in advance at emilytaylorcenter@ku.edu to make a 20-minute appointment. 

This fall, join the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity for Now & Zen Yoga for Women & Femmes. 

Sessions begin Wednesday, August 31st, from 5:30 pm - 6:15 pm in the Burge Union Quiet Room 2040 (located on the second floor, next to Legal Services). 

Yoga is an ancient practice and meditation that provides many positive mental and physical benefits. Classes led by Laura Taldo will be held every Wednesday for 45 minutes with yoga mats provided. Personal yoga mats are welcomed. 

Session dates are as follows:

  • August 31st
  • September 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th
  • October 5th, 12th, 19th, 26th
  • November 2nd, 16th, 30th
  • December 7th

Accommodations

People with disabilities are encouraged to attend KU-sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate, please contact the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity at 785-864-6414.

On Sunday, August 28th, from 1:30 pm - 3:00 pm, join Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity in the Burge Union (Forums ABC) for a Hawk Week self-defense workshop facilitated by Em Hull (she/her), a KU alum and certified assistant instructor with Premier Martial Arts in Lawrence.

Our self-defense workshop, rooted in the principles of Krav Maga, is presented using a holistic framework that emphasizes both physical and psychological techniques that work well for people regardless of age, size, or strength.

Em will share the realities of violent crimes and victim selection processes, while, at the same time, empowering participants with knowledge of basic self-defense techniques free of victim-blaming.

No prior martial arts experience is necessary. Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a bottle of water. 

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Accommodations

People with disabilities are encouraged to attend KU-sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate, please contact the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity at 785-864-6414.

The Concept & Practice of Rest

Thursday, September 1st, 2022, 12 pm - 1 pm, via Zoom

This is not a space for productivity. Rather, this session, led by M’Balia Thomas (she/her), Associate Professor of Curriculum and Teaching, centers and embodies rest. Through dialogue and practice, we will consider rest as an absence of work, a sacred pause, and a form of resistance. What keeps us from resting? What does rest look like to us? How could we invoke rest into our daily lives in more intentional ways? Join us.

Journaling as Self-Care

Thursday, October 20th, 2022, 12 pm - 1 pm, via Zoom

Award-winning novelist Toni Morrison profoundly declared, “It is what you don’t write that frequently gives what you do write power.” Led by Nikita Haynie (she/her), Director of the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, practicing intentional self-care can be a challenge; however, in this session, we will discuss the value of journaling and practical strategies for daily journaling as well as create space to intentionally engage in the practice of journaling.

Zine-Making as Self-Care

Thursday, November 17th, 2022, 12 pm - 1 pm, via Zoom

Join Meg Williams, Ph.D. (she/her), Assistant Director of the Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, for a virtual mini zine-making workshop. Grab your art supplies and learn how to make a tiny 8-page mini zine using a single 8.5 x 11” piece of paper and pair of scissors. In addition to discussing the ways zine-making itself promotes self-care and community building, participants are encouraged to make and share their own mini zine exploring the prompt: How do you practice care for self and community?

Co-sponsors

Spotlight on Care is co-sponsored by The Center for Compassionate & Sustainable Communities, The Commons, Emily Taylor Center for Women & Gender Equity, and Spencer Museum of Art  

Accommodations

People with disabilities are encouraged to attend KU-sponsored events. If you require a reasonable accommodation in order to participate, please contact The Commons at thecommons@ku.edu.


Learn Self-Defense Techniques Video Series

Watch our series of fourteen videos featuring Emily Hull teaching self-defense techniques.


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