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Tackling Imposter Syndrome with Dena Simmons

Monday, April 23, 2018 at 3:00pm to 4:30pm

College of Veterinary Medicine at Cornell University, Lecture Hall 4/5 (Enter through the main glass doors in the building across from the Boyce Thompson Institute (Campus Bus Stop 81). The lecture halls are on the left side as you enter the Veterinary College building.
606 Tower Road, Ithaca


Tackling Impostor Syndrome with Emotional Intelligence and Culturally Responsive Practices: 

During this interactive session, participants will explore the five key skills of emotional intelligence—recognizing, understanding, labeling, expressing, and regulating emotions—as well as examples of culturally responsive practices. Through narrative, Dr. Simmons will discuss how the intersection of emotionally intelligent and culturally responsive practices can help to tackle impostor syndrome and create equitable and welcoming communities for all.

About Dena Simmons, Ed.D.: 

Dena Simmons, Ed.D., is an activist, educator, and student of life from the Bronx, New York. She serves as the Assistant Director of the Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence and anassociate research scientist at Yale Child Study Center.

Dr. Simmons writes and speaks nationally about social justice pedagogy and creating emotionally intelligent and safe classrooms within the context of equity. Her TED talk, “How students of color confront impostor syndrome,” which pushes for creating classrooms where all young people can learn in the comfort of their own skin, has received over a million views. Dena has been profiled in Education Week, the Huffington Post, the AOL/PBS project, MAKERS: Women Who Make America, and a Beacon Press Book,Do It Anyway: The New Generation of Activists. Dena’s research interests include teacher preparedness to address bullying in the K-12 school settingand the intersection of emotional intelligence and culturally responsive pedagogy—all in an effort to ensure and foster justice and safe spaces for all.


President's Council of Cornell Women (PCCW) and Cornell University College of Veterinary Medicine

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Dena N. Simmons, Ed.D.

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Assistant Director, Yale Center for Emotional Intelligence

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