Community Healing Through Creative Art Expressions Groups
Our project will promote emotional well-being through creative art expressions for currently or formerly undocumented students on campus and students from mixed immigration status families.
The use of creative art practice in group settings has been shown to be a successful, evidence-based tool and intervention. Our project aims to use artistic tools of drawing, dancing, painting, writing, etc. to provide community-driven stress-relief healing strategies in safe spaces on UC Davis campus (i.e. the AB540 and Undocumented Student Center, the Chicanx/Latinx Studies department, etc.). We will be facilitating learning and hosting artists as guest speakers who themselves have used artistic expression as a way of expression and healing in culturally responsive ways for our immigrant communities.
Through participation in our program, participants will leave with:
- Increased awareness and skills related to nurturing and addressing mental wellness and healing
- Increased understanding of migratory trauma and joy and how it shapes our communities' experiences
- Increased connection to peers in spaces of affinity to develop a sense of belonging on campus
Opportunities for Involvement:
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Conducted initial draft for recruitment of participants during fall. Identified possible guest speakers and possible collaborations. Defined next steps for program development: start dates, number of sessions and parties involved.