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Weekend U 2023—The Art and Science of Well-Being

February 18, 2023 at 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EST
IUPUI Campus Center, 420 University Blvd, Indianapolis, IN, 46202

Join faculty, alumni, and community members at IUPUI’s Campus Center for a day of learning on the IUPUI campus. You can expect thought-provoking presentations attended by fellow alumni and friends who share your passion for learning.

$25 per person through Jan. 27 
$35 Jan. 28 through Feb. 10
Registration ends Feb. 10


8 a.m. CPR certification class (optional; additional $15 fee applies)

8:45 a.m. Yoga class with Myriad Yoga (optional; free) 

9:30–10 a.m. Check-in

10 a.m. Welcome and opening remarks with light breakfast

10:45–11:45 a.m. Breakout session 1 (choose one; see speakers below)

Noon–1:30 p.m. Luncheon with keynote speaker Justin Garcia, Executive Director, Kinsey Institute

1:45–2:45 p.m. Breakout session 2 (choose one; see speakers below)

3–4 p.m. Breakout session 3 (choose one; see speakers below)

4–5 p.m. Networking reception


Luncheon Keynote


Expanding the Kinsey Institute Legacy: 75 years of Exploring Sexuality, Relationships, and Well-Being, presented by Justin Garcia, PhD, executive director, IU Kinsey Institute. Learn about the Kinsey Institute’s mission to foster and promote a greater understanding of human sexuality and relationships through research, outreach, education, and historical preservation. The Institute boasts an expansive interdisciplinary research and education program, while being home to multiple scientific research laboratories, as well as the largest research library and special collections dedicated to sexuality.

Breakout Session 1

From 100 Minutes to 30 Minutes: The Power of Efficiency in Health Care, presented by Tom Gardner, MD, MBA’17, urology section chief of the Indianapolis Veterans Affairs Medical Center and staff urologic surgeon at IU Health University Hospital. Hear how Dr. Gardner has focused on ways to practice urology in a more cost-effective and time-efficient manner. As he notes, developing novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches is useless if patients can’t access these new technologies because of expense and/or insurance issues.

The Cycle of Well-Being, presented by Dan German, MS, weightlifting program director at Myriad Health + Fitness in Indianapolis, and Marta Gruber, yoga program director at Myriad. Learn about Myriad’s philosophy of “The Cycle of Well-Being,” which contains 10 main categories: exercise and movement; nutrition and sleep; mobility and flexibility; breath and meditation; and socialization and community. These separate categories interweave at varying levels for each individual’s health journey.

Empowerment: Changing the Dialogue around Food and Body, presented by Eileen Misluk, MPS, assistant professor and director of art therapy in the IU Herron School of Art + Design. Become familiar with the field of art therapy and how it addresses eating disorders, body image, and advocacy. Professor Misluk will also explore opportunities to create awareness on campus and in the community for mental wellness; body neutral and accessible spaces; and healthier relationships with food and movement.

Community Engagement at Its “Best”: A Holistic Approach to Prisoner Reentry, presented by Lahny Silva, JD, LLM, professor at the IU McKinney School of Law, and 2022 Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellow. The focus of this presentation will be prisoner reentry and empirically based best practices that prevent recidivism. These best practices—identified in the past 15 years and implemented in some social service and probation offices—are showing promising results. The McKinney Reentry Clinic has been working on barrier reduction by integrating these practices in its approach. This course qualifies as a Continuing Education credit.

What’s Your Name? Fostering Inclusive Climates in the Duty of Care, presented by Anubhuti Shukla, DDS, MHA, director of community based dental education and assistant professor at the Department of Cariology, Operative Dentistry, and Dental Public Health at the IU School of Dentistry, and Etta Ward, BA’95, MA’08, assistant vice chancellor for research development at IUPUI. Learn about issues of social justice in health care and the critical role health care providers play in shaping climate in health care settings. The presenters will lead a discussion about health inequities faced by underserved populations and explore how racism is experienced and can possibly be mitigated in health care settings and systems.

Breakout Session 2

Food Deserts: A Public Health Crisis, presented by Unai Miguel Andres, MS, data analyst at the IU School of Medicine, Division of Children’s Health Service Research. The Centers for Disease Control defines food deserts as parts of the country vapid of fresh fruit, vegetables, and other healthful whole foods. You’ll learn that roughly 185,000 people in Indianapolis live in a food desert—an area where at least 200 people or one-third of residents are more than a mile from a grocery store.

Learning from the Community: Leveraging Community Partnerships to Develop a Therapeutic Curriculum, presented by Richard A. Brandon-Friedman, MSW’11, PhD’19, assistant professor of social work and pediatrics, and 2022 Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Scholar and co-presented by Emma Vosicky and research assistant, Tayon Swafford, from GenderNexus. This presentation focuses on the development of a therapeutic group for caregivers of gender-diverse youth. Topics include the steps taken previously to develop a therapeutic group for gender-diverse youth, the process of community engagement to build a curriculum for their caregivers, and the plans for group implementation and evaluation.

HIV Infection and Prevention, presented by Saira Butt, MD, associate professor of medicine in the Division of Infectious Diseases at the IU School of Medicine. Get an overview of the prevalence of HIV, linkage, and retention in the care of people living with HIV. Also learn about the prevention of HIV as well as the services provided at the Eskenazi Health Infectious Diseases Clinic, which improve the health of people living with HIV.

Leveraging Music Technology for Social Emotional Learning with Adolescent Marginalized Youth, presented by Natasha Thomas, PhD, assistant professor of music and arts technology, School of Engineering and Technology. Explore social emotional constructs—like self-regulation and peer/community relationship building—through the culturally sustaining approaches available within music technology. Dr. Thomas will present an overview of social emotional learning and share creative examples of how music technology is building trust and establishing/sustaining community engagement with adolescent marginalized youth.

How to Find Joy during Stressful Times, presented by Mary Yoke, BM’75, MA, MM, PhD’17, lecturer in the Department of Kinesiology, IU School of Health and Human Sciences. The focus of this interactive presentation is how we can live with joy even in the face of world problems and life’s inevitable hardships. You will consider wonders, affirmations, deep breathing, meditation, gratitude, forgiveness, goal setting, and other joy practices. Bring a notebook or journal and prepare to be uplifted.

Breakout Session 3

Bantz Scholar Project: A Community Partnership for Brain HealthPromoting Information Technology, presented by Richard Holden, PhD, professor, Dean’s Eminent Scholar, and inaugural chair of the Department of Health & Wellness Design at the IU School of Public Health. The Charles R. Bantz Chancellor’s Community Fellowship and the Community Scholar awards ensure the legacy of the former IUPUI chancellor. Dr. Holden—recipient of the first Bantz Community Scholar award, in 2016—shares how the scholarship moved his research forward and impacted his partners and students.

Frameworks of Educational Excellence: Reflective Teaching & Culturally Responsive Pedagogy, presented by Lasana D. Kazembe, PhD, assistant professor in the IU School of Education. Explore two research-based frameworks enacted within the School of Education’s Urban Teacher Education Program: Reflective Teaching and Culturally Responsive Pedagogy. Both frameworks align with the school’s mission to leverage the power of culturally informed teaching, to model educational excellence, to promote equity-driven practices, and to enact positive social transformation.

Healthy Aging: Investing in Our Health, presented by Anna G. Pendrey Guillen, MD, assistant professor of clinical family medicine, IU School of Medicine. As we age, it is important to continue healthy habits to prevent illnesses, especially chronic illnesses. The presentation provides ways to promote health and prevent illnesses, explains how chronic illnesses affect our body, stresses the importance of managing chronic illnesses, and gives tips for brain health and healthy aging.

Community Health is Everyone’s Business, presented by Lisa K. Staten, PhD, associate professor in the Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, IU Fairbanks School of Public Health. Within central Indiana, life expectancy at birth can differ by up to 16.8 years, depending on where a baby is born—a huge difference reflecting inequities in health. The Diabetes Impact Project–Indianapolis Neighborhoods, or DIP-IN, serves as a case study to discuss how various sectors of the community can work toward better community health.

Contact Kathy Lopez, assistant director of alumni programs, at or 317-278-1720.

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