Healing can be defined as the process of making or becoming healthy again. At the SARA Office, we believe that healing is part of the recovery process. The healing process is different for each individual, so in an effort to address the diversity of healing prosseses, the SARA Office now co-sponsors four healing initiatives. Our goal is to offer the student body hollistic programs that help reconnect students to the self through mind, spirit, and body.
Yoga as Healing
In continued partnership with FSL (Fraternity Sorority Life) , and with consultation from Zabie Yamasaki (founder of Transcending Sexual Trauma through Yoga), SARA has developed a yoga program that is trauma-sensitive for self-identified survivors of sexual and/or relationship abuse and violence. FSL and SARA work with a trauma informed instructor and provide all yoga and educational equipment and materials so that participation is not hindered by cost.
Art as Healing
Residential Education, the Confidential Support Team (CST), student group Stanford Association For Empowerment (SAFE), and SARA have created a safe and creative space for student survivors of sexual and/or relationship violence to heal through multiple artistic formats. This pilot program is currently in the midst of 5 sessions facilitated over spring quarter by Resident Fellow Eva Jordan, BA in Fine Arts and MA in Counseling Psychology.
Writing as Healing
The Hume Center for Writing and Speaking, CST, SAFE, and SARA welcome all self-identified survivors who have experienced trauma, be it physical, mental, emotional, psychological, or even spiritual to express their experiences and heal independently via Writing as Healing program.
Peer Support Group
In direct, ongoing collaboration with CST and SARA, undergraduate students hold a drop-in, peer-led, safe space where students can talk about their experiences with sexual assault, relationship or sexual abuse, stalking, and any form of sexual harassment, as well as managing trauma while at Stanford. Stanford undergraduates and graduate students of all identities, ages, and genders are welcome to participate in these weekly sessions throughout spring quarter.
What if I don’t want to do anything now?
These resources are available for you throughout your time at Stanford. There’s no right or wrong way to access healing options. This includes when you choose to do so.