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The Self-System: An Indigenous Approach to Health

We welcome local respected Elder Vivette Jeffries-Logan of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation to guide us in a discussion to understand the cycles of historical trauma experienced by Native Americans, as well as Indigenous Perspectives on healing.

Join us from 12-2 in the UNC School of Social Work Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship Lab, room 118. Lunch will be provided, please RSVP to SIELab@unc.edu to be counted.

The Self-System:
An Indigenous Approach to Health

In many Indigenous cultures, the concept of health expands beyond the absence of dis-ease in the physical body. Optimal health encompasses balance in all four quadrants of “self”- mental, physical, spiritual and emotional. Vivette will share a model she created to illustrate the impact of Historical Trauma on Indigenous people and Nations. She will also include information about current approaches to healing in Indigenous communities across Turtle Island.

About Vivette:

Vivette Jeffries-Logan (Kanahabnen Tabunitckia translation Morning Star) is a citizen of the Occaneechi Band of the Saponi Nation (OBSN); the Indigenous people of Orange, Alamance and Caswell counties in North Carolina. She is Founder & Principal of Biwa Consulting; her independent Leadership, Organizational Development, Equity and Training consulting business. She served her People as an elected member of the Tribal Council and as Founding Director of the OBSN Tribal Health Circle. For 10 years, Vivette was a trainer with Dismantling Racism Works (dRworks). Most recently she served as the Director of Training and Technical Assistance at the NC Coalition Against Domestic Violence. She serves on the Advisory Board for the American Indian Center at the University of North Carolina. In 2010 she became a Certified Trainer of the Native Wellness Institute’s Leading the Next Generations Healthy Relationships Curriculum. She has been a panelist, guest speaker and lecturer at the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), a local Medical School, Schools of Social Work, School of Public Health, the NC Department of Health & Human Services Building Bridges Conference, NC Governor’s Crime Commission, UNC Pembroke Infant Mortality Symposium, Comparative Religion classes, the American Indian Women of Proud Nations Conference and the New Directions in American Indian Research conference. She was also a Community Coordinator with the Native Health Initiative at the University of North Carolina. She was appointed to the Historic Hillsborough Commission, the Orange County Human Relations Commission and the Orange County Health Services Advisory Commission. In 2012, she was recognized as an Honoree at the Women’s Honor Ceremony during the American Indian Women of Proud Nations Conference. United Tribes of North Carolina honored her with the Distinguished Service to Indian People Award at their 2010 Unity Conference. Vivette was also honored with the with the 2010 Alumni Excellence Award from Guilford College.

Vivette earned a B.A. in Psychology and Community Studies from Guilford College and an Associate’s Degree (A.A.S) in Hospitality Management from Alamance Community College. She is a graduate of the North Carolina Native Leadership Institute of the American Indian Center at the University of North Carolina. She is also a Certified Executive Chef with 17 years’ experience in Hospitality Leadership and Management. She lives in Orange County with her husband Douglas and their sons Uriah and Elijah.


April 16, 2019
12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
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Tate-Turner-Kuralt Building - 325 Pittsboro St #3550
Chapel Hill, NC 27516 United States
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