We recently held another graduation for the Goddard Graduate Institute, featuring students who studied everything from gut health to a Brazilian martial art to online gaming. Here are the descriptions of graduating student presentations student gave at the February 2015 residency.
Feeding My Gut: Rediscovering life in the body, the earth and on the plate, with HAS graduating student Jayne Kraman. This work explores my experiences and study in defining and living a nourished life. The focus is on life in the gut and its role in the health of all systems of the body. It also relates life in the gut with life in the earth and how that relationship determines not only personal and environmental health but also the fact that one does not exist without the other. The presentation will focus on how expanding concepts of integrative and ecological health includes their influences on each other and how they become each other. Overall the piece addresses how recognition of dynamic systems internally and externally creates the nourishment essential to sustainable living.
Flip Your Health On: The components of health individuals have direct access to and the pathway to change and transformation, with HAS graduating student Laura Ely. What are the components to physical health and how do we change to healthier practices? This presentation will look at the process of my exploration and we’ll go through parts of the final project workbook which explores key components of health such as diet, movement, mindfulness and elements of habit and change-making. The project workbook offers step by step guidance in the what and how of creating a healthy lifestyle, while the context paper examines more deeply the suggestions proposed in the workbook. The project takes the position that individuals have some degree of agency in relation to these aspects of health, while it is acknowledged that such agency is not absolute.
Healing the Heart: An Autoethnographic Study of How Capoeira Catalyzes Emotional Healing, with HAS graduating student Pamela McGrath. Healing the Heart depicts a journey of self renewal and recovery from trauma due to loss of a parent, and explains how others can reshape their own lives and recover from loss through healing movement. Through part of her research, Pamela interviewed teachers and students of the Brazilian martial art of Capoeira, and along w/video footage, and created and produced a short documentary film which will be shown during the presentation.
Love and Rage: Creating Survivor-Centric Justice in Opposition to Rape Culture, with IMA graduating student Kris Hege. Although it is true that there are some things that can never be fully restored after sexual violence, we as a society can do a lot more for victims than we do. This lack of responsiveness to the needs of victims is the product of a rape culture that tells us that sexual violence is normal and usually the fault of the victim. An array of long-term survivor support services that allow women the space to heal together and learn from each other at their own pace and on their own terms may be the next step in creating true restorative justice that is more concerned with the needs of victims than punishment of offenders, built on empathy and compassion for survivors, and committed to reversing the pervasive societal messages of rape culture.
Obesity and the Fallacy of the Self-Responsibility Model, with HAS graduating student Michelle Warwick. Obesity is labeled as an epidemic in the United States. The mainstream prevention and treatment methods in solving this epidemic rely on the individual, by asking the individual to change their eating patterns, incorporate exercise, and reduce stress in their daily lives. I refer to this as the self-responsibility model. The self-responsibility model asks the individual to be the solution to the obesity epidemic, but this is problematic as it is the individual’s social structures that impede their access to wellness. This thesis & presentation is an interdisciplinary look at the origins of obesity and the critical role environment plays in obesogenic behavior. It explains why we must look beyond the self-responsibility model and change the conversation to consider first how we can manipulate the environment to create wellness changes for the collective. By looking at new questions, methods, and opportunities, obesity can become an epidemic of the past.
Online Games as Institutions of Dissent, with IMA graduating student Michael Carlson. A look at how online games, might be suited to manage complex, “real world” problems.
Regular Janes: Ordinary Girls Take A Giant Step,with HAS graduating student Kathleen Cullen. This presentation will examine how the practice of a Community Health Educator, through the integration of local professional talent and experience, can create and implement a community-based intervention program designed to address the numerous developmental needs of urban-living, adolescent girls and young adult females who lack agency, self motivation and direction using a “community as method” approach.