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2022-23 SPEAKERS

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Due to increased community interest and to ensure the safety of those who are planning to attend, this event will be held online and not in person as originally scheduled.  Holding this event virtually ensures that it is conducive to learning for our entire community.

Virtual Event
January 11, 2023

Video of event will be available starting at

7 PM PST on January 11, 2023

Rachel Pepper, LMFT
 Award-winning author and Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist whose specialties include working
with the LGBT community

A nationally recognized expert on gender identity development in children and teens, Rachel will discuss, along with gender terminology:

  • Why and how to meet gender expansive and transgender young people where they are

  • Why and how to offer understanding, love and support to gender diverse children and teens

  • How to understand and process the range of parental/caregiver emotions surrounding gender creativity

  • What there is to be hopeful about

Click HERE for padlet with more info & resources

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Downloadable THRIVERS Fliers

Parent Guide

Core Asset



Character Traits

Assessing Character Strengths

October 12, 2022
Brunelle Hall, 7 - 9 pm PST

Dr. Michele Borba
Internationally renowned educational psychologist, best-selling author, and expert in parenting, bullying, and character development
Dr. Borba's latest book, Thrivers, is an urgently needed guide to address the staggering increase in anxiety, stress and emptiness for children from preschool to high school.  She explains why the old markers of accomplishment (grades, test scores) are no longer reliable predictors of success in the 21st century – and offers 7 teachable traits that will safeguard our kids for the future. Those essential character strengths-confidence, empathy, self-control, integrity, curiosity, perseverance, and optimism-will allow kids to roll with the punches and succeed in life.

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Pamela Wu

Director of Communications and Media Relations for UC Davis Health & Contributing Host for Capital Public Radio

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