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Dr. Stacey Pearson Wharton

Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton offers expertise and a positive approach for issues surrounding diversity, social justice, inclusion, and mental health to provide hope and healing in difficult times.

Topics

▪Black History Month ▪Diversity ▪Health & Wellness ▪Mental Health ▪Social Justice ▪Stress Management

Keynotes

▪When Intent Doesn’t Equal Impact: Healing Relationships in the Wake of Offense
▪#RISE: Getting back up after a failure
▪Can’t We All Just Get Along
▪Taming the Dragon: Dealing with Stress and Anxiety
▪Being Black in White Spaces

 

Stacey’s Bio

For nearly 20 years Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton has dedicated herself to helping students maximize their learning, health and wellness, and personal growth. She has served as an Assistant Dean, Assistant Vice President, Counseling Center Director, Staff Psychologist, Academic Advisor, Career Counselor and even a Hall Director.

Dr. Stacey served the Governing Board of the American College Personnel Association as the Director of Equity and Inclusion where she used her expertise and experience to navigate complicated social justice issues. She has significant experience teaching, publishing, and presenting on issues related to college student development. She holds a Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the Pennsylvania State University and a Masters in Counselor Education from Indiana University of Pennsylvania.

Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton offers expertise and a positive approach for issues surrounding diversity, social justice, inclusion, and mental health to provide hope and healing in difficult times.

For nearly 20 years Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton or Dr. Stacey (as her students affectionately call her) has dedicated herself to helping students maximize their learning, health and wellness, and personal growth. Now as a speaker, she’s hitting campuses across the country to inspire and educate students on taking steps for positive change in their lives and for their communities.

Stacey’s Blogs

The following are past entries Stacey has written for the CAMPUSPEAK Speaker’s Voice Blog

Black History

Social Justice

Connect With Stacey

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“Dr. Stacey appropriately challenged and supported the audience through difficult topics – it was especially nice to see that the students felt comfortable enough to be vulnerable and ask questions and openly share experiences.”

Elizabeth Doyle

Director of Student Activities, Elmhurst College

“Dr. Pearson-Wharton offers “uncommon” common sense with humor that draws in her audience and leaves them wanting more. Her witty, but warm delivery make her a dynamic speaker for diverse audiences.”

Ayanna McConnell Tribett

Eastern Michigan University

“Dr. Stacey Pearson-Wharton is chockfull of style and substance! She shows up authentically, inviting all those in her presence to do the same. She has extraordinary capacity to help her audience connect their head and hearts, advancing their competencies as leaders and social justice educators. Her academic and professional background and excellent ability to engage others always makes participants leaving her sessions feeling transformed and better prepared to lean into their own work.”

Dr. Patty Perillo

Virginia Tech

“Dr. Pearson-Wharton’s ability to engage with the audience and communicate topics in a creative and interactive manner makes her shine as a speaker. We would love to have her speak again in the future!”

Christine Asidao

University of Michigan

Keynotes

When Intent Doesn’t Equal Impact: Healing Relationships in the Wake of Offense

Watch the news and it seems like there’s always a hate bias incident happening on a college campus. These racist, sexist, or homophobic acts need to be addressed, but are we tiptoeing around difficult conversations, too afraid that we might do something wrong or make things worse? Can campuses breathe life into social justice frameworks without stepping in multicultural “poo”? Sowing the seeds of diversity can be challenging.

Dr. Pearson-Wharton offers workable steps and guidance to you and your campus. This program helps campus and individuals deal with everything from minor weeds like microaggressions, to hate bias incidents by teaching tools to heal ruptures, listen without being defensive, apologize unconditionally, and manage fears of saying or doing the wrong thing. Students will gain the skills they need help cultivate a more inclusive and socially just campus community.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • that everyone will someday experience a time when their personal bias negatively impacts someone else despite their best intentions,
  • ways to heal ruptures created when well-intentioned people say and do dumb things,
  • how to hear, listen, and accept someone’s apology if and when they experience a microaggression, and
  • offer windows of hope, healing, and help despite the complexities and arduous work need to create an inclusive campus environment.
#RISE:Getting back up after a failure

Current students are experiencing high levels of anxiety in unprecedented numbers. A huge factor in this experience of anxiety is a fear of making errors or mistakes—in essence, the fear of failure. This keynote will help students face their fear of failure and normalize their reaction to it. Students will learn concrete skills to increase distress tolerance and resiliency that will allow them to “take a lickin’ and keep on tickin’.” No one likes the feeling of failure.

Once we are able to acknowledge that this experience is an inevitable, yet temporary part of our lives, we can begin to alleviate the negative feelings associated with this state and embrace failure as an essential ingredient in achieving success in life. Learning the proven, practical and concrete skills that this program offers will help lower anxiety and feelings of distress, and can be applied in any situation.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how failure (and learning from it) is the path to success and is an important and inevitable part of life.
  • how to understand better how to analyze a risk, and make rational decisions based on the real pros and cons of a particular situation, without allowing the fear of failure to sabotage the decision-making process; and
  • practical skills to negotiate and mitigate distress and failure.
Can’t We All Just Get Along

Over the last few years, the art of debate has become pure vitriol in our country. From the national political stage down to discussion in the hallways of a college campuses, we are struggling with how to disagree with civility. When people engaging in disagreement, they often fail to listen and are unwilling to respect the the different opinion. Moreover, people are turning to social media as the vehicle to debate not having face to face conversations.

In this presentation, Stacey give participants the tools they need to have can have authentic, healthy conversations about the “the scary stuff” like racism, homophobia, sexism, etc. Because in life is is okay to disagree, but we need to approach those disagreements with civil discourse so that “we can all just get along”.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to understand the difference between dialogue and debate
  • radical listening skills
  • the behaviors that are healthy dialogue instigators
Taming the Dragon: Dealing with Stress and Anxiety

College students are facing more stress and anxiety than ever before and they are overwhelmed. The stress dragon has taken over – but like any monster, it has weaknesses. This keynote offers tools to help students manage and tame stress. Dr. Pearson-Wharton’s interactive techniques will reveal the difference between productive motivational stress and problematic anxiety, and offer strategies for training a baby dragon before it becomes a full-blown monster.

The discussion will also challenge the cultural mindset around the virtues of being stressed. Students will become their own mental health champions and learn to support the people they care about who may be facing anxiety. By taming their stress dragons and finding inner peace, students will be on the road to finding “happily ever after.”

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to tackle anxiety and develop skills and concrete tools to reduce and manage their stress,
  • methods to increase their performance in their academics and organizations, and
  • the importance of working together as a community to support and help each other with stress and anxiety.
Being Black in White Spaces

Predominately white colleges and universities (PWCUs) have taken many meaningful steps to become more diverse and socially equitable places. But many students of color experience discrimination, social isolation, and psychological challenges during their educational experience. Given proper tools, students can not only survive, but thrive in these environments. Combining research studies that clearly articulate the challenges and joys of being a student of color in a predominantly white institution with personal stories of success and strategies for growth, this keynote will offer students practical lessons to hone the tools they need to thrive during their college experience and beyond.

Learning Outcomes

As a result of attending this program, students will learn:

  • how to be an ally and supporter of groups and individuals that are different from themselves,
  • ways to help marginalized groups share their story and feel included in the greater community, and
  • tools that can help different communities thrive in an environment where they may not be part of the majority population.