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The University of Mississippi

Zoom Workshop

Hosted by the Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning


Beyond Imagination: The Fierce Urgency to Reclaim the Heart of Education Using Trauma-informed Pedagogy

Monday, July 27th – Zoom Meeting (TBA) – 12:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  (zoom link will be sent to those who RSVP)


This workshop will interrogate what it means to teach for purpose and empowerment. How do we leverage the neuroscience of now to help our students learn and thrive in turbulent times? This workshop will also examine the theoretical framework and practical implications of trauma-informed pedagogy.

Note:  Participants will start in a waiting room, and will be admitted to the session based on their identification as a faculty or staff member of the University of Mississippi.  These sessions will be recorded.


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Photo: Dr. Mays Imad

Mays Imad, PhD

Dr. Mays Imad is a neuroscientist and the founding coordinator of the teaching and learning center at Pima Community College where she studies stress and emotions and their effect on students’ learning.

Mays received her undergraduate training in Philosophy from the University of Michigan, focusing on Philosophy of Science and Consciousness. She earned her Ph.D. in Cellular and Clinical Neuroscience from Wayne State University in Detroit, and then completed an NIH-IRACDA post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Arizona.

Mays’s current research focuses on stress, self-awareness, advocacy, and classroom community, and how these relate to cognition, metacognition, and, ultimately, student learning and success. Through her teaching and research, she seeks to provide her students with transformative opportunities which are grounded in the aesthetics of learning, truth-seeking, and self-realization.