Sarah Van Hoy, a long-time faculty member specializing in Health Arts and Sciences but equally at home in SIS and IMA, says her work embraces “languages about the body and languages from the body and the possibilities and impossibilities of translating between, meaning, power and the poetics of bodies.”
The HAS program, she explains, “is the place you go if you want to give voice to what is about to exist, what is on the edge of existing, what you want to call into being.” She elaborates:
Most HAS students come as practitioners in some phase of their practice (just starting out or many decades in) and they come to become scholars of that practice, to reflect on what they know and do and to inquire into cultures of health and healing. Often, HAS students are teachers in their field, though they may not know this when they apply. Teaching is how and why we cultivate our unique voice in our field. HAS students come to cultivate their voice, their unique message, the expertise that comes from the intersection of their training and their life experiences. This is very important in the economy of health practice these days, because simply having a license or a certification does not make you visible, or especially interesting. It is the depth and clarity of your voice and your message that makes you visible in the world of health.
Toward that end, she’s worked with students on studies such as men’s sexual health and health education from a feminist perspective; teaching obstetricians about somatic safety, trauma, and birthing women; herbal medicine for psychiatric survivors; and the implications of the gut microbiome as well many other areas of study.
She brings to Goddard her experience as a medical anthropologist, licensed mental health counselor, licensed acupuncturist and herbalist, explaining:
Teaching at Goddard is like being invited to steep in the most delicious and rich learning environment, where people bring their full selves – passions, longings, discomforts, intellect, body, creativity – to their studies. It is impossible not to be transformed by participation in such a living community, a collective, evolving “ body-mind.”
Watch this video of Sarah talking about new conversations in health, and see her Goddard profile here.