News • March 20, 2023

Culture and Justice Lecture to focus on having hope

Culture and Justice Lecture to focus on having hopeRiverside, Calif. (March 20, 2023) – The College of Behavioral and Social Sciences will hold its next event for the Culture and Justice Lecture Series on March 23.

The lecture will feature Dr. Kellie Nasont, a licensed clinical psychologist and the clinical manager of Valenta's Depression & Anxiety Recovery Program. 

The title of her lecture is “Participatory Hope: An Essential Component for Connection.” We asked her about the topic.

Why is hope so important to you?
In the field of psychology, hopelessness is an indicator of poor mental health and may also suggest suicidality. Although the words "hope" and "hopelessness" are commonly used in the therapeutic process, there is a lack of clarity about what it means to have hope and to be a hopeful person. To practice hope — "grounded" hope in particular — does not preclude us from disappointment or despair. It does, however, help us to make meaning from experiences and strengthens our ability to choose hope on a consistent basis. 

What are 2-3 points you’d like the audience to get from your message?
1)  Hope is more than a pretty word or a fleeting wish — hope acknowledges limitations and perseveres despite doubt. It is something that requires participation and relinquishment simultaneously. 

2)  When our hopes are "grounded," we expand the horizons of possibility by opening ourselves to new outcomes. This fosters a resiliency in the characteristics of hope and builds a sense of identity in which we make the transition from the act of hoping to becoming a hopeful person. 

3)  Hope is difficult to define and is used synonymously with optimism. By learning the difference between the two, we can access the power of hope that moves beyond positive thinking.  

Culture and Justice Lecture Series
6 p.m. March 23, Innovators Auditorium

The series invites professionals in the behavioral science and community development fields to share their experiences with students. Speakers also provide information on current trends, practices and research within their respective professions. Building upon a foundation of over 40 years of behavioral science education in the Inland Empire, CBSS is excited to expand its reach – building bridges among students, community partners and nationally recognized experts. 

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