“The moment a care house becomes
a warehouse, all is lost.”
- Jaiya John

Please feel free to use this material in relation to your work at Berkeley Unified School District, including addressing the root causes and holistic implications of implicit bias, discrimination, and harassment. Please limit use to BUSD purposes only. Material is the sole intellectual property of Dr. Jaiya John and Soul Water Rising. We invite you to visit the rest of our website to learn about Jaiya John books, speaking, and other projects in our global rehumanizing mission. Wishing you all good things in your work and life journeys…

Preventative Factors in Implicit Bias, Harassment, and Discrimination (Regarding students, staff, and leadership)

Punishment, Healing, and Growth (Examining the wellness potential of our systems and mentalities)

I am a Teacher (written excerpt) *For all school staff, regardless of title. Classified or certificated, classroom or operational. If you work for a school district, you touch and role model for child lives, therefore you are a teacher, in the most sacred of ways.

I am a Teacher (audio recording) *For all school staff, regardless of title. Classified or certificated, classroom or operational. If you work for a school district, you touch and role model for child lives, therefore you are a teacher, in the most sacred of ways.

Honoring the Child’s Unique Song (Learning to see uniqueness as a purposeful gift)

Canaries in the Coalmine (Learning to see child vulnerabilities and sensitivities as a superpower)

Dr. Jaiya John - Your Caring Heart - Seminar Packet (The power of collective workforce and workplace wellness)

Mutual Care Agreement - Sample Template (A framework you can use to heal, clarify, and strengthen the BUSD culture)


“You cannot punish a person into healing
and growth. Only Love can do that.”
- Jaiya John


JAIYA JOHN BIOGRAPHY.
Dr. Jaiya John was born into foster care in New Mexico, and is an internationally recognized humanitarian, author, speaker, poet, and youth mentor. Jaiya is the founder of Soul Water Rising, a global rehumanizing mission that has donated thousands of Jaiya’s books in support of social healing, and offers scholarships to displaced and vulnerable youth. Jaiya is also the founder of Harvest Project, a global initiative reviving traditional gathering and storytelling practices to fertilize social healing and liberation. He is a former professor of social psychology at Howard University, has authored numerous books, and has addressed over half a million people worldwide, including Indigenous reservations and communities, prisons and detention centers, shelters, and campuses. Jaiya is a National Science Foundation fellow, and holds doctorate and master’s degrees in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Cruz, with a focus on intergroup relations and identity development. As an undergraduate, he attended Lewis & Clark College in Portland, Oregon, and lived in Kathmandu, Nepal, where he studied Tibetan Holistic Medicine through independent research with Tibetan doctors.

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