Everyone has an individualized set of beliefs, values, and intentions that form our identity. But truly knowing who we are helps us understand how our identity has been shaped and transformed by our culture and environment - and how we influence the identities of others in our circles. As we continue our journey of self-awareness, understanding our individual identities can help create feelings of belonging and validation in our communities and workplaces.
Join Dr. Rebecca Baumgartner with special guest, Tamicka Monson, as they explore:
The impact of labels and descriptive words
Information on individual values through utilizing assessments
Skills to help from mislabeling self and others using positive reframing and other concepts from positive psychotherapy
Tamicka Monson MA, MS, LPC is a professional counselor at Tamicka Monson Counseling LLC. She holds a computer engineering degree and two master degrees. Tamicka is extremely passionate about identity work. Through individual and group counseling, speaking, and writing, Tamicka helps others heal, grow, and become the best version of themselves.
As a dedicated speaker of 15+ years, Tamicka uses her skills to reach out to hurting individuals within communities, discussing topics such as mental/emotional healing, including living as a whole person after experiencing trauma. She also speaks to community leaders on topics surrounding social justice (such as gun violence, mass incarceration, and poverty) affecting the minority communities. Furthermore, having worked in the field of childcare, youth development, education, and mental health for more than 10 years, she challenges educators to consider the unique struggles of those within minority and poverty-stricken communities, and how these struggles affect them.
Tamicka has written articles for SubCulture and has been featured on several podcasts and radio stations, including 90.7 KJHK and 90.9 The Bridge. Additionally, she is a rap artist and songwriter and uses her music to bring healing to others. For more information on Tamicka's work, visit https://www.tamickamonsoncounseling.com/.
Dr. Rebecca Baumgartner is the Vice President of Human Resources for the Greater Kansas City Chamber of Commerce. As a champion for personal and professional wellbeing, Rebecca brings her extensive background in human resources, organizational development, and diversity, equity, and inclusion to help others strengthen their personal awareness and build new skills to more powerfully navigate their journey. She draws from skill sets such as emotional intelligence, positive psychology, resilience, and courageous leadership to support others in their goals to become more inclusive and more impactful leaders to themselves and others.
Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB) Series with Dr. Rebecca Baumgartner: It Begins with Us
When we feel "belongingness," we experience not only connection and acceptance, but we feel that we are part of something bigger than ourselves. This series is will explore concepts of belonging and othering, focusing on how we can foster more diverse and inclusive spaces for ourselves, our workplaces, and our communities.
Beginning March 11th, Dr. Rebecca Baumgartner presents a monthly series on Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Belonging (DEIB), alternating fireside chats with interactive workshops.
By the end of this series you will have:
Started the internal work of belonging and self-acceptance
Learned and implemented inclusive leadership skills at home and at work
Identified the impacts of socialization on stereotypes and bias and ways to mitigate these
For more information about each session, visit the series webpage.