Welcome to Rocking the Gray Matter with Doc Grigsby This is where we will view the world through the lens of life and interaction by applying common sense, empathy, and intelligent reasoning. The world is a crazy place. Let's explore it together.
Society Post COVID
Sharon Grigsby: Faculty, Facilitator
Julian Peacock: Student
Shawn Pinote: Student
Join us in a conversation concerning our society after
the COVID-19 pandemic. We will discuss areas that may have been impacted such as education, social interaction, aggression and violence, mental health, and other topics.
1. How pandemic isolation has affected college life.
2. Social media becoming a primary mode of communication. Communication during
COVID-19 and how it affected face-to-face communication now.
3. How social media has made politics more partisan
4. How this has affected activism (George Floyd and BLM during the pandemic). Why are crime rates going up now more than ever before was it because of COVID-19?
5. Isolation impacts the social skills of young people. Social issues going on in today's
6. How norms of self-expression softened when
people had more time alone in isolation and away from the eyes of the public, both in terms of gender expression and more micro-trends appearing as subcultural gaps widened.
Mental Health/ Stress and the College Student
Sharon “Doc”Grigsby: Instructor of Social Sciences
Michaela Dablaing: Student
Gracie McClurkan: Student
Join us for a relevant and important conversation about the mental health crisis, stress, and the college student. We will discuss the vast amounts of responsibility and workload put on the immerging adult going to college, working outside of the home, and the personal and psychological toll it takes on the individual. Our conversation will include the positive and negative avenues that students manage their stress and if and how they take advantage of available resources.
Cancel culture, the phenomenon of promoting the “canceling” of people, brands, and even shows and movies due to what some consider offensive or problematic remarks or ideologies isn’t all that new. Societies have punished people for behaving outside of perceived social norms for centuries, and this is just another variation. Cancel culture is an extension of or a contemporary evolution of a much bolder set of social processes that we can see in the form of banishment. They are designed to reinforce the set of norms. Join us for a contemporary discussion on cancel culture.
Sharon Grigsby, facilitator, psychology instructor
Lauren Pender, psychology honor student
Lexie Ayala, psychology honor student
-the effects of cancel culture
-the longevity of cancel culture
-who bounces back (and why)
-the real-life effects of being canceled (are there any?)
Mental Health Prevention in a Reactive Society
Although society is now stuck in a reactionary state of taking care of its mental health and wellbeing, it doesn’t need to be this way. In fact, it shouldn’t. Rather than reacting to the mental health crisis, society should have already implemented proactive, or preventive, measures for greater mental health. After all, everyone has mental health, all the time. And everyone is somewhere on the spectrum of mental health wellness. Yet our current mental health programs are treatment based. They’re designed and built to support the 1 in 5 adults annually who experience some form of mental health illness. The mental health of these individuals shouldn’t be the only ones considered important during a pandemic — or at any other time.
Sharon Grigsby: Facilitator, Faculty Social Sciences, Education
Kimberly Young, MS, CLC, IMH-E, Case Manager, Adjunct Faculty Psychology
Rachel Hanson, MS,CLC,IMH-E, Adjunct Faculty Psychology
Sharon Grigsby: host, faculty CSCC
Dr. Lacy Benns: Professor of Communication; Director of International Education CSCC
DeMarcus Jackson: Associate Professor of Psychology CSCC
Thomas Moore: Program Chair Sociology CSCC
Ronda Williams: Admissions Representative CSCC
Radha Peacock: Psychology grad CSCC
There are larger concepts that we are all aware of in our lives. Our identities affect how we perceive these concepts, as well as how central they are to our experiences. The idea is to focus on one universal human experience or emotion and examine how different identities perceive and experience that feeling. What is the black, queer, female, trans, or native perspective on joy? On shame? On fear? On freedom? On anger? How does your identity shape how you feel this? Does one of your identities have an effect opposite to another? How do your multiple identities interact to change your experience?
Our goal is to highlight the importance of different perspectives and identities while also highlighting their complexity. By hearing from diverse individuals, our hope is to avoid stereotypes and highlight personal nuance!
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Adverse and Positive Childhood Experiences: How they shape the child and the young adult
Join me and my experts, Kimmy Young and Rachel Hanson, to discuss adverse and positive childhood experiences. We will learn what they are, how they start, and what transpires into young adulthood. We will also speak to the education perspective in K-12 and higher education, and what we see in our classrooms. We will learn how we can help our communities and our schools to address these issues. Fascinating and very informative conversations! Join me.