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Special Guests

Dr. Shemariah J. Arki

Monday, June 21st

Dr. Shemariah J. Arki identifies as an educator, an activist and an organizer. Currently serving as a professor in the department of Pan-African Studies and as the interim director of the Center for Pan African Culture, both at Kent State University, she is an intersectional feminist scholar with expert knowledge and skills to develop, implement, facilitate and evaluate curricula that promote institutional equity, communication, and access for traditionally marginalized students and families.

Dr. Shemariah Arki will be giving a brief overview of the statewide consultant work she and her organization have been developing over the past 2 years. She will discuss the state of the Statewide Prevention Action Plan, which is focusing on bridging work done across the state from the health department, OAESV, and the state domestic violence coalition. This highlight will be followed up with a more interactive workshop later the same afternoon.

Maliyah Gramata-Jones

Restoring Your Chakras - Yin Yoga
Tuesday, June 22nd

Maliyah is an artist, activist, and yogi based in Brooklyn, NY. Before she began her yoga journey, she served as an arts ambassador in Germany, Poland, Japan, Canada, and the US. She is delighted to be at this year’s OAESV conference and honored to share her practice.

Give yourself a moment to find stillness and connect with your chakras. Maliyah will lead a slow and relaxing yoga class designed to get to the root of why we practice. Tuesday, June 22nd at 8am. Please have two bedroom pillows with you for the session.

Kasie Holmes

Call to Action
Tuesday, June 22nd

Kasie is the founder of Radical & Restorative Therapy and is a Registered Mental Health Counseling Intern in the state of Florida. Kasie’s educational background plays a significant role in her overall therapeutic and ideological approach. Specifically, Kasie has a Master’s of Art in Women’s and Gender Studies with a specialization in Public Health and a Master’s of Science in Clinical Mental Health Counseling. Considering this, Kasie integrates into their therapeutic approach how systems of oppression and privilege shape our lived experiences, our ways of knowing, our ways of living, our access to quality care, and our experiences with trauma. As a mental health counselor, Kasie adopts an integrative method that includes trauma-informed therapies, person-centered therapies, cognitive behavioral therapies, humanistic theories, mindfulness, feminist and queer theories, and transpersonal therapies. Kasie is an adamant supporter and active participant in anti-oppressive work. Radical & Restorative Therapy and Kasie welcome people from all intersecting identities. As a queer person with serious mental illness, Kasie created this space with the thought of “for us, by us” in mind.

Tuesday, Kasie will deliver a call to action that centers around the themes of the conference, community healing, and praxis.

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