BIO

There’s no time like the present to be present… and create a just and compassionate world! 

In Empathy UnchainedHeal Your Trauma, Uplift the World, Felicia illustrates how uplifting the world begins with healing ourselves. She tells her own and others’ stories to motivate readers to improve both their personal lives and the broader global community. She offers actionable roadmaps to redefine our past, live more fully in the present, and follow our true calling. Her Empathy Unchained DEIA Conversation Deck prompts us to engage in constructive conversations that create inclusive organizations and communities. Teachin’ It! Breakout Moves that Break Down Barriers for Community College Students offers instructors innovative strategies to reach and teach all students. She illustrates her books with cartoons from her untamed Professor Funnies©.

As speaker, writer, and researcher Felicia delves into inclusion, belonging, mental health advocacy, empathy, and education. Her mindfulness teachings, which include meditation, her signature Little Points of Light Body Scan©, and yoga are a testament to her holistic approach to well-being. Marked by resilience and ambition, Felicia, a first-generation college student, achieved her dream at age 55 by earning a PhD in Math Education from Stanford University and a Fulbright for her ethnographic study in a Yucatec Maya village. Her groundbreaking work has been spotlighted by prominent platforms including  Inside Higher Ed, Education Week, WAMC Northeast Public Radio, and Chronicle of Higher Education. In her academic roles, Dr. Darling teaches social justice precalculus at UC Berkeley and Spanish/English GED math at SRJC— merging her passion for education with her drive for social change.

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