Topic Area

Flourishing, Well-being, and Social-Emotional Learning

Chair: Dr. Leslie Okoji, Center on Disability Studies at UH Mānoa

Co-Chair: Marla Arquero, Center on Disability Studies at UH Mānoa

Double rainbow over the ocean.

Overview

The Flourishing, Well-being, and Social-Emotional Learning focus area of the 2021 Pacific Rim Conference will concentrate on issues that address the overall well-being and health of youth and adults across academic, community, and home settings. In light of recent events in our nation and across the world, we welcome topics that include the following objectives:

 

  • Foster compassion, empathy, and respect in the classroom, school climate, and community.
  • Build skills and share knowledge about youth and adult mental and physical health and well-being.
  • Bridge research and practice in social, emotional, behavioral, learning, and academic and well-being outcomes.
  • Create a safe space for youth, families, community members, and educators to participate in discourse and healthy dialogue. 
  • Address the socio/economic disparity of resources and services to vulnerable youth and adults.

Guiding Questions

  • In what ways can we collectively build Social-Emotional Learning (SEL) skills and knowledge?
  • How are we incorporating well-being in our daily lives in times of crisis?
  • In what ways are schools, communities, and families preparing for and responding to the well-being and physical and mental health of youth and adults during a crisis and beyond?
  • How are we addressing the socio/economic gaps in providing services and supports to vulnerable youth and adults?