10am HST / 12pm PST / 2pm CST / 3pm EST (1.5hr)
This is a facilitated sharing session, where staff and members will share their experiences and stories based on prompts. Facilitated by Dr. Ada Cheng, this session is designed based on the understanding that staff members have experienced vicarious trauma and exhaustion due to the pandemic and the current political climate of our time. The format of the intimate sharing is intended to create space for intimacy, vulnerability, connection, and hopefully care for the participants.
About the facilitator:
An educator-turned artist, storyteller, and creator, Dr. Ada Cheng has utilized storytelling to illustrate structural inequities, raise critical awareness, and build intimate communities. Committed to amplifying and uplifting marginalized voices, she has created numerous storytelling platforms for BIPOC and LGBTQIA community members to tell difficult and vulnerable stories based on their lived experiences.
Since she resigned from her tenured position in sociology at DePaul University in 2016, she has been featured at storytelling shows and done her two solo performances in theaters, universities, and conferences across the nation. She has given numerous keynotes since then. In 2019, she delivered her solo performance, Not Quite: Navigating Citizenship and Belonging, as the keynote for Women and Girls in Georgia Conference at the University of Georgia. In 2021, she delivered keynotes for Chicago Cultural Alliance’s Activating Heritage Conference, AAPI Heritage Month at Dominican University, AAPI Heritage Month at Environmental Protection Agency, and Immigrants in Our Midst Conference. Her interests encompass academia, storytelling/performance, and advocacy.