Mindful Activism: Building Bridges (Not Walls!) and Swimming Against the Stream

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Social Change, Leadership, and Advocacy


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Keynote address


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Individual Presentations

Biographical Sketch

Kathryn L. Norsworthy is a professor of Graduate Studies in Counseling, civil rights activist, and peace practitioner. She has spent the last 20 years travelling to South and Southeast Asia, especially Thailand, to engage in peace and justice-focused projects focusing on such issues as on violence against women, HIV/AIDS, trauma-informed peace building in areas of ethno-political and civil conflict, immigrant and refugee concerns of the people of Burma, LGBTQ social movement building, mindful activism and social change, and feminist/social justice counseling. She and her local collaborators also partner with communities in action research in which members identify and analyze the issues of concern to them, develop and implement action plans for addressing these issues, and evaluate results for the purpose of planning and implementing longer term social change. With her primary Thai collaborator, Ouyporn Khuankaew, Dr. Norsworthy facilitates workshops for international activists seeking to increase their knowledge and skills in mindful activism and Buddhist feminist peacebuilding. In central Florida, she has been involved in immigrant rights work and LGBTQ civil rights activism for the past 15 years.

Finally, Dr. Norsworthy engages in qualitative research exploring transnational feminist, power-sharing, and decolonizing models of research, activism, and practice when western psychologists “cross borders” into countries, cultures, and communities in which they do not hold membership. Most recently, she is the recipient of the 2017 American Psychological Association International Humanitarian Award.

Start Date

2-9-2018 9:00 AM

End Date

2-9-2018 10:30 AM

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Feb 9th, 9:00 AM Feb 9th, 10:30 AM

Mindful Activism: Building Bridges (Not Walls!) and Swimming Against the Stream

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