STEM Café—Happy, Healthy Holidays: Tools for Successful Communication

Dec. 7, 6:30-8:30 p.m. CDT

STEM Café: Happy, Healthy Holidays: Tools for Successful Communication


Join us from 6:30-8:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, at Fatty's Pub and Grille in DeKalb, Illinois, for the next STEM Café—Happy, Healthy Holidays: Tools for Successful Communication.

The holidays can be a stressful time, but understanding emotions and biases can help us successfully navigate conversations and increase positive interactions.

At this STEM Café, hear from NIU assistant professor of Psychology Randy McCarthy about the different ways in which victims and perpetrators understand aggressive behavior, and learn how understanding these biases can improve interactions.

From Brian Smith, a licensed social worker and director of the NIU Employee Assistance Program, learn tips and tools for effective communication – especially in stressful situations. Hear about how we can better understand and respond to our emotions, as well as expectations of ourselves and others, in order to set healthy boundaries and maximize connections. This will also include tips for de-escalating potentially difficult conversations while increasing positive interactions during the holidays.

Northern Illinois University STEM Cafés are part of NIU STEAM and are designed to increase public awareness of the critical role that STEM fields play in our everyday lives. They are offered in partnership with the NIU Alumni Association and made possible with support from Thermo Fisher Scientific and Bayer Fund.

Event Information

Cost: Free


6:30PM - 8:30PM Wed 7 Dec 2022, Central timezone


Fatty’s Pub & Grille
1312 W Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60115

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