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Diversity, Equity
& Inclusion Series

A Discussion of Systemic Barriers within the Disability Community

The Training Alumni Association


Burnout, Boundaries & Balance:

Maintaining Wellness in Uncertain Times

April 22, 2022
12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

Live on Facebook 
& Zoom

  • Facebook
  • Zoom

Are you feeling the burn? Then please join us on Friday, April 22, 2022, from 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. for our third and final session of the Training Alumni Association's DEI series, entitled "Burnout, Boundaries & Balances: Maintaining Wellness in Uncertain Times."

Dr. Shawn A. Ricks, Chair of the Department of Leadership and Educational Studies and Associate Professor at Appalachian State University, is the keynote speaker.  Dr. Ricks is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Counselor and Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist.  This promises to be an educational, informative and empowering discussion. You do not want to miss this session focused on SELF-CARE!


Many of us are feeling the impact of doing more with less resources, especially during these unprecedented times. Learning to create boundaries can assist with a more balanced life and prevent burnout. 

This session will cover the definition of stress and burnout, the stages of burnout and explore practical ways to create boundaries with the goal of achieving balance.

Meet the Presenter

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Dr. Shawn A. Ricks

Dr. Shawn Arango Ricks is Department Chair and Associate Professor of Leadership and Educational Studies at Appalachian State University. Prior to her appointment at ASU, Dr. Ricks served as the inaugural Assistant Vice President for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion and an Associate Professor of Race and Ethnicity Studies at Salem Academy and College in Winston-Salem, NC.


Dr. Ricks is a nationally known speaker and facilitator in the areas of diversity, equity and social justice, and has focused her research and clinical practice on areas of social justice and equity. Dr. Ricks is a Licensed
Clinical Mental Health Counselor and a Licensed Clinical Addictions Specialist. Her research interests include the psychosocial wellbeing of Black women (both inside and outside of the academy), epistemic injustice, and the impact of racial trauma on Black women and girls.


Live Zoom Meeting

April 22, 12:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m.

This conversation will also be streamed live on the Virginia Board for People with Disabilities' Facebook page.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion (DEI) Subcommittee


  • Dr. Nicci Dowd, Chair

  • Ms. Cheryl Lloyd, Co-Chair 

  • Ms. Christine Germeyer

  • Ms. Amanda Forry Fino

  • Ms Catherine Childers

  • Mr. Josh "Bishop" Parker

  • Ms. Angel Barnhill

  • Ms. Sonja Lassister

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