The Link: Historical Trauma, Genocide, and Eating Disorders
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Genocide and eating disorders are usually not acknowledged together. Although there are findings of brain and behavioral disturbances for genocide and famine survivors and consequently survivor's children, not enough attention is given to the correlations. Join this intimate panel featuring...
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Ellen Wong is an internationally acclaimed, SAG award nominated actress from Toronto, Canada. She burst onto the international scene after a global casting search landed her the breakout role of Knives Chau in Universal Studios’ cult classic Scott Pilgrim VS The World. Most recently, Ellen was cast in a starring role alongside Michael Caine and Aubrey Plaza, in the Cassian Elwes produced Best Sellers. She also headlined the independent film In The Life of Music, which was selected as Cambodia’s entry for Best International Film at the 2020 Oscars. Ellen is currently an Ambassador for TIFF’s Share Her Journey, a campaign dedicated to fighting for gender equality in the film and television industry. She also sits on the board of directors of the The Haing S. Ngor Foundation and The Cambodia Town Film Festival, where she has organized panels to bring awareness to Inherited Trauma for descendants of genocide survivors.
Alishia McCullough , M.S., LCMHCA, NCC is a Licensed Clinical Mental Health Therapist and National Certified Counselor currently residing in Greensboro, North Carolina. Alishia specializes in treating eating disorders and body-image issues and upholds the values of body justice and fat liberation within communities of color. Passionate about anti-racism, racial healing, and decolonization she is dedicated to increasing access and creating spaces for Black, indigenous, queer, people of color to come together and heal in ways that inspire holistic wellness and culturally inclusive informed healing. Outside of clinical work, Alishia is the Co-Founder of the AmplifyMelanatedVoices Challenge and the Founder of The Holistic Black Healing Collective.
Margrit Polak was born and raised in the suburbs of New York City, one of three children of Dutch Holocaust Survivors, Jack and Ina Polak. When Margrit was 18, she and her father discovered 130 letters written between he and her mother, chronicling their courtship in the Dutch and German internment and concentration camps, Westerbork and Bergen Belsen. She translated and annotated the letters, which have subsequently been published as a book, filmed as a documentary and presented as an opera, all entitled STEAL A PENCIL FOR ME. Her father founded the Anne Frank Center in New York in 1977. Margrit is a talent manager residing in Los Angeles with her husband, musician Harvey Shield. They are working together to form a West Coast hub for the Anne Frank House. Margrit is also on the board of Long Beach's Freedom Writers Foundation.
Gloria Lucas was born and raised in Southern California and founded Nalgona Positivity Pride when she was only 24 years old. Struggling with an eating disorder (ED) and not finding her story anywhere she was moved to share her pain with the world and inspired many others to turn their stories into medicine. Her areas of focus have consisted of: ED harm reduction, size diversity, colonialism and ED, and merging indigenous and ancestral spiritually to ED. Her work has been featured in NPR, Teen Vogue, Huffpost, Los Angeles Times, and Bitch Magazine. Gloria has a background in grassroots feminist organizing, sexual health education and is the person behind Mujeres Market and entrepreneurial programs for womxn of color. Currently, Gloria is working on a book that shares the stories of other Black, Indigenous, people of color affected by ED. She currently resides in Santa Ana, CA.