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The RITES Framework:

Radical Indigenous Transformative Evaluation and Storytelling — Evolving Methods to Liberate & Transform Racialized and Oppression-based Stress and Trauma

Presented by

Gia Naranjo-Rivera, PhD, MPA, MA

This is an experiential session where participants will try applying an equity-centered lens to a current project of their own. Please come to the virtual session with paper, a writing utensil, or arts materials such as colored pencils or markers.

Gia Naranjo-Rivera, PhD, MPA, MA, is an afro-indigenous Cuban American community leader, applied researcher, author, activist, and mindfulness and yoga instructor. Her postdoctoral work focuses on the impacts of school-based mindfulness programs on youth mental health with a focus on youth who are BIPOC, LGBTQ+, and/or have high adverse childhood experiences (ACEs)/trauma. Gia also develops models and methods that help to identify and heal oppressive patterns and systems among individuals and groups. This includes the Radical Indigenous Transformative Evaluation and Storytelling (RITES) Framework, an evaluation approach to tell the story and measure impacts of programs or projects grounded in world indigenous and people of color (POC)-based ways of knowing and valuing. RITES has been used with U.S. city and county governments, school districts, universities, and international organizations to assess the effectiveness of equity enhancement programs.

Since 2004, Gia has advanced human rights in the U.S. and internationally by directing programs for at-risk youth and families and conducting health equity research. She has worked with Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, the Harlem Children’s Zone, the National Institutes of Health, Johns Hopkins Center for Indigenous Health, and is now a TRIM Fellow at the Osher Center for Integrative Health. Gia holds a PhD from Johns Hopkins School of Public Health, dual Masters degrees from Syracuse University, and a BA from Columbia University.

Research Seminars

The Osher Center for Integrative Health hosts monthly research seminars that are open to the research and clinical community at large. Seminars are held from September to June and are currently online only. Presentations cover a wide range of topics including mindfulness and integrative health intervention efficacy and implementation, social justice, and health equity, and neural correlates of mindfulness practice.

Research Seminars are organized by Jennifer Felder, PhD, and Ariana Thompson-Lastad, PhD. Please contact Vierka Goldman with any questions.

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