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Israel-Hamas War: Approaches to Processing and Discussing

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Wednesday, Oct. 25
6:30-7:30PM ET

virtual event; open to mentees, mentors, program alum, and staff

The war between Israel and Hamas is a humanitarian crisis, traumatizing those both near and far. The atrocities committed in this war and others have greatly distressed many in the Girls Write Now community—some with friends, family, and loved ones who have been suffering, injured, abused, or killed. Even as a writing organization, we must acknowledge that there are no words to describe the fear and anxiety people experience when lives are at risk. To those who are struggling, Girls Write Now is there for you and we want to do what we can to support you.

In this special Community Chat, Professor of Undergraduate Social Work at Saint Leo University, Christina Cazanave, MSW, shows us how to employ a trauma-informed approach, have civil conversations, and listen with compassion.

Meet the Teaching Artist

Christina Cazanave

Christina Cazanave

Christina Cazanave, MSW, is an Instructor and Director of Internships for the Undergraduate Social Work Department at Saint Leo University. She earned her master’s at the University of Central Florida. Before becoming a faculty member, she worked as a social work practitioner for ten years, primarily with at-risk children and teens in the foster care and educational systems. Professor Cazanave’s concentration of studies includes macro social work. Her focus includes initiatives within the social work profession to combat social injustices using advocacy and public policy. She is the National Association of Social Workers (NASW) Florida chapter Legislative Chair. She is a Association for Community Organization & Social Action (ACOSA) member and trained with Citizen University as a Civic Saturday Fellow. She now leads civic engagement activities within her community. Professor Cazanave’s work has been presented at multiple conferences, including the National Association of Social Work – Florida Conference, the Social Work Distance Learning Conference, and the Influencing Social Policy – Macro Conference.

This event is open to:

all mentees, all mentors, GWN staff and program alum

October 25, 2023 6:30 pm 7:30 pm EDT

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