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FISSS Keynote Address

3:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. 

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Image of Dr. Mays ImadIn this session, we will consider the neuroscience of toxic stress and its impact on learning. We will examine the principles and practice examples of trauma-informed approaches, whether it's in the classroom or at the institution. Finally, we will reflect on the connections between trauma-informed teaching and restorative justice.


Mays Imad is a neuroscientist and professor of pathophysiology and biomedical ethics at Pima Community College, the founding coordinator of the Teaching and Learning Center, and a Gardner Institute Fellow. Dr. Imad's current research focuses on stress, self-awareness, advocacy, and classroom community, and how these relate to cognition, metacognition, and, ultimately, student learning and success. Through her teaching and research, she seeks to provide her students with transformative opportunities that are grounded in the aesthetics of learning, truth-seeking, justice, and self-realization.