Tania Israel of UC Santa Barbara’s Gevirtz School will give the talk “Beyond Your Bubble: How to Connect Across the Political Divide, Skills and Strategies for Conversations That Work”—based on her recent book of the same name—as part of the UCSB Alumni Association series Profs at the Pub on Wednesday, April 21 at 5:30 pm. The event is free and open to those attending this year’s virtual All Gaucho Reunion, and registration is available on line.
Israel will offer tools to increase understanding in an increasingly polarized society. The talk will be led by Professor Israel and will be followed by a moderated Q&A session.
Dr. Tania Israel is a professor in the Department of Counseling, Clinical and School Psychology at UCSB who has provided leadership in the Santa Barbara community and beyond for decades. U.S. Congressman Salud Carbajal, who represents California’s 24th District, chose Israel as one of the 2019 Congressional Women of the Year. Israel leads dialogue skill-building workshops to help people connect across political differences and teaches about helping skills, leadership, and community collaboration. She has also facilitated educational programs and difficult dialogues on a range of topics, including abortion, law enforcement, religion, and sexual orientation.
Dr. Israel’s scholarship focuses on interventions to support the mental health and well-being of sexual and gender minorities (LGBTQ people); bisexuality; privilege and oppression; intersections among gender, ethnicity, and sexual orientation; and social justice. She has received honors for her research and advocacy from the American Psychological Association, the California Asian & Pacific Islander Legislative Caucus, and her local LGBT community.
In February 2019 Dr. Israel led a Profs at the Pub session titled “Fascinating Facts about Bisexuality.”