Self-Care To Facilitate Teaching The Whole Student

  • Shernita Parker George Mason University


Location: JC Room F

The session seeks to facilitate conversation and reflection around the role self-care plays as faculty seek to teach the "whole" student; recognizing the complexities and challenges that brings. Explore the role of individual well-being as it relates to one's ability to meet the needs of students while managing and attending to one's own professional and personal needs. Through discussion, journaling, and other exercises, participants will be guided to create their own individual definition of personal well-being which will serve as the basis for the design of a personal well-being plan that seeks to promote their "wholeness" as they work to "teach the whole student". Looking at theories of well-being, resilience, and mindfulness, we will work to shift our paradigm around self-care to help us identify the tools and resources that work best for us as individuals and facilitate our ability to thrive, so we can then support and nurture students and help them thrive.

Author Biography

Shernita Parker, George Mason University

Shernita Rochelle Parker is the Director of Organizational Development, Learning and Coaching in MasonĂ¢s Office of Human Resources and Payroll and is also serving as Interim Vice President for HR, Payroll and Faculty/Staff Life. As a member of MasonĂ¢s organizational development team she works to provide learning and development opportunities for faculty and staff that help them thrive professionally and personally. Some of her areas of interest include: conflict resolution, performance management, interpersonal communication, mindfulness, coaching, and individual and organizational well-being. She received certification as a leadership coach from the George Mason University/Philosophy IB Leadership Coaching for Organizational Performance program. She is a member of MasonLeads and serves on the Strengths Academy executive committee. In addition to Mason, her work in higher education includes William & Mary Law School, Georgetown University Law Center, and American University. She received her undergraduate degree from Boston College and her law degree from the University of Maine School of Law.

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