A native of Chicago, Nicole Collins (she/her/hers) is a Residential Counseling Faculty member at Mesa Community College (MCC), holding her counseling certification from the National Board for Certified Counselors. Nicole has obtained a certificate in Diversity and Inclusion from Cornell University, in addition to her M.S. degree in Clinical Counseling from the Rosalind Franklin School of Medicine and Science (RFUMS), and B.S. degree from Purdue University in Consumer Sciences.
Currently, Nicole is the co-chair of the inaugural Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Council at MCC, while also serving as a Phi Theta Kappa Omicron Beta Chapter Mentor, Shared Governance Coordinating Board and Community Engagement Advisory Board Member, College Leadership team member and faculty senator. In addition, she has assisted in research studies conducted by the University of Illinois – Chicago (UIC), Stanford University and Rosalind Franklin University of Medicine and Science.
Nicole prides herself on aiding students in addressing their personal, psychosocial, educational, and career development needs. As a servant leader, she actively creates and advocates for safe and inclusive spaces for individuals to collaboratively ideate, strategize and implement plans to achieve one’s desired outcomes. Nicole and her husband of 18 years are the proud parents of three children.
Raymond Forte is a preacher and teacher of the word of God in addition to being a multi-talented singer, musician, author, blogger and entrepreneur. He is the CEO/Founder of Raymond Forte Enterprises, LLC. A for-profit enterprise specializing in music, media and ministry established in October 2019 based in Phoenix, Arizona. He is also a published author of his first book, “Maximizing MENtally,” a book that addresses the mental health crisis for men and the women who love them.
An accomplished musican, Raymond currently serves as staff musician for Citadel of Praise Christian Church in Buckeye and Peoria, AZ under the leadership of Pastor Brian A. Wright. He is also the proud parent of David Justice Solomon Gladney-Forte
Allison Carmichael has served in public education over the last twenty years as teacher, assistant principal and principal. Through her tenure she has experienced serious work related stress. In 2017, she began a journey learning about mindfulness for which she was able to build a skill set experiencing tremendous benefits. As all teachers do, Allison felt compelled to share her learning with others. Second Arrow offers stress reduction strategies specifically to teachers. Allison now also serves as Teacher Fit’s Mindfulness Director, is a mother of three, and a wife.
Service based. Goals of impacting a situation so that it is left better than when they found it. Fear of letting others down.
How do the routines of religion and faith impact you? Our guest adds insight into the impactful nature of her upbringing in spiritual guidance.
There is a wide margin between the amount of support that one receives for attempts with physical improvement vs. mental and emotional improvement. Normalizing mental health support is greatly needed in our communities.
Future of Faith and Feelings
Our guest tells us about the principle of the “Second Arrow” which deals with the impact of a traumatic event and the fact that we always have a choice of how we react. We are also taught that we are not the same as our thoughts, and that we have the power to reshape both.
Final Words of Guidance Dr. Brown-Henderson teaches us to remember that we either succeed or learn lessons towards how to succeed in life. We should embrace the impact of the lessons learned from your failures in life while working towards not repeating mistakes of the processes that lead towards failed attempts.
Recommendations Creating your own structure and regiment of prayer and meditation will be one of your biggest tools to healing from trauma, and to plan your journey towards growth for the future. Remember to take the same medicine that you prescribe to others, and to put equal energy into creating the opportunities for your own healing just as you would do others.
Mission/Message Healing and growth are ongoing, and like everything else in life, it takes planning, practice, and the obtaining of the exterior tools needs to succeed.