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Tending Our Terrain: Transcending Polarity

June 22 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pm

“Tending Our Terrain: Transcending Polarity” is the second part of a three-part, multi-sensory workshop series called “You Are Expansive” that utilizes systems-level thinking, expressive therapies, and the Internal Family Systems model to deliver transformative learning experiences to participants. “Tending Our Terrain” explores the roles art, storytelling, and embodied living play in shaping our communities and imagining equitable futures. With a community-focused art activity and critical dialogue facilitated by two DEI scholar-practitioners, attendees will be offered tools to navigate polarity and conflict, both internally and externally.


Anyone is able to attend but minors must be accompanied by an adult and the facilitators must be informed ahead of time through this RSVP form. It is also important to note that while these workshops are part of a series, they are designed to be accessible to anyone, regardless of age, previous experience or education, or any other social identity. Folx do not need to have attended the first workshop to understand or benefit from the second or third installment. These workshops are also neuro-friendly!


“You Are Expansive” is a three-part pilot series (part art installation // part curriculum development) designed by social worker and artist Kayla Skinner-Roy in partnership with Riverside Art Center’s Expressive Empowerment Program. The programs offered through “You Are Expansive” use a variety of art mediums to explore the interdependence of self- and community-care and serve as a resource for collective liberation and inter-/multi-generational mental health and well-being.


June 22, 2024. 1:00 – 3:30pm.

Off Center

$10 suggested donation.



Kayla Skinner-Roy (she/her, You Are Expansive creator) is a social worker, artist, and activist committed to advancing education equity and fostering inclusive, life-affirming experiences for systematically marginalized students in conventional learning environments. As a first-generation college graduate, wellness practitioner, and a neuroqueer human, Kayla is especially interested in using expressive forms of therapy (art, music, drama, play) in concert with critical education strategies to support collective liberation and well-being. Kayla has held positions in the education and non-profit sector and is currently collaborating with folx to develop an emotionally supportive and liberation-based art program at Riverside Arts Center.
Laura Lee Smith (she/her, facilitator) is a fourth-year doctoral student in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan and a research associate at U-M’s Campus Abolition Research Lab. Laura Lee’s research interests include Race & Ethnicity, Race in Education, Critical Whiteness Studies, and Social Justice Education. She also specializes in dialogue facilitation and instructional design.
Jarell Skinner-Roy (he/him, facilitator) is a third-year doctoral candidate in the Center for the Study of Higher and Postsecondary Education at the University of Michigan and a research associate at the Campus Abolition Research Lab. Jarell’s current research examines the ways racially minoritized students conceptualize safety and security in the context of racialized policing and surveillance on college and university campuses. Prior to attending U-M, Jarell taught English in Benin, worked at an education nonprofit in Minneapolis, and led international programs abroad for high school students. 


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Riverside Arts Center : Off Center
76 North Huron
Ypsilanti, MI 48197 United States
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