Empathy and Respect in Action: How Building a Strong Community Boosts Resilience

July 16, 2019|12:00pm

Want to transform your good will into positive change? Research has shown that volunteerism not only has a positive impact on happiness, self-esteem, and life satisfaction, but also increases our sense of control and our physical health. Empathy, the ability to put ourselves in others’ shoes and experience their pain, can feel depleting. But, by putting our empathy into action with compassion, we access the part of the brain associated with love and caring. The result is a relief from personal distress.

Over the course of 6 noontime sessions, you’ll put your good intentions into action. Guided by principles of community engagement and the Stanford HAAS Center’s 6 Pathways of Public Service, we will explore ways to make your outside-class experience in the community most effective. Through group discussion and activities, you will learn strategies to address personal barriers and identify individual talents and interests that you can bring to your community. Through contemplation and reflection exercises, you will deepen your understanding of your innate altruism.

For this course, we will focus on the issue of homelessness to practice and apply strategies learned in class, with the goal of being able to apply these skills to all future community service endeavors.

Instructors: Christy Matta, MA, is the Wellness on Wheels Manager for the Health Improvement Program and has worked in non-profits and local government overseeing programs for disadvantaged people and those with disabilities for more than 20 years. Joanne Ambras is a BeWell Coach whose vision is to help end homelessness by creating productive relationships with community and campus organizations, engaging employees, and mentoring high school students who will become the next generation of advocates.

Class details are subject to change.

Full event information: https://healthimprovement.stanford.edu/classes/register/hipClasses.php?t=1cce34dfd3cbss383d348a508b1be48cc821&cc=era-01

Location: Health Research & Policy, Redwood Building (HRP)