Felicia Darling, PhD
Felicia has a PhD in Education from Stanford University and a Fulbright Scholarship for her ethnographic study in the Yucatán. Her research articles and books focus on equity, trauma-informed practices, and practical ideas for making the world a more just and compassionate place. Felicia is a participant observation researcher, which means she is skilled at participating in events while simultaneously documenting them objectively. Also, she is an ethnographer. She draws from this professional expertise and personal experiences to tell her own and others’ inspiring stories of trial and triumph over adversity. Felicia is a first-generation college student who spent the last ten years documenting her journey to resolve past hurts using trauma healing therapy and other innovative, invented approaches. Her work has been highlighted in Education Week, The Chronicle of Higher Ed, Inside Higher Ed, and WAMC Northeast Public Radio. Currently, she is a tenured math instructor in the College Skills Department at the Santa Rosa Junior College. Also, she does keynotes and workshops on topics including anti-racism, trauma-informed instruction, equity, and teaching approaches that build on students’ lived experiences.
We do not have to wait until we are perfect to help make the world a more just and compassionate place. In Empathy Unchained, Felicia shares her own and others’ strategies for resolving past hurt in order to live more empathetically in the present. Also, she breaks down the research behind effective trauma resolution therapy. Drawing from her 30 years teaching and her research, Felicia wrote, Teachin’ It! Breakout Moves that Break Down Barriers for Community College Students, published by Teachers College Press at Columbia University in 2019. It highlights innovative ideas for facilitating inclusive, equitable, active learning. Felicia is writing a third book called, Hold Them Lovingly Accountable: Classroom Management Strategies for High School, which highlights her inclusive, trauma-informed approach to teaching and managing classroom behavior (TCP). She is also the creator of Professor Funnies© and her books are illustrated with these insightful, unchained cartoons.
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