“Race to Nowhere” examines the over-scheduled, go-go world in which many of today’s school children dwell – a world where cheating, stress-related illness, depression and burnout are rampant, and ironically, a world where young people arrive at college and the workplace unprepared and uninspired.
The initial screening of the documentary is scheduled for 5 p.m. Friday, Feb. 22, in Cavan Auditorium, Gabel Hall.
A panel discussion will follow, featuring:
- Stef Standefer, a licensed clinical professional counselor at Alexian Brothers Parish Services.
- Don Mitckess, a clinical liaison for Alexian Brothers Behavioral Health Hospital.
- Kim Cecil, a licensed clinical social worker at the NIU Counseling and Student Development Center.
- Dennis Waymire, a counselor at DeKalb High School and an NIU alumnus.
Kimberly A. Hart, who is coordinating the event, said private screenings of the documentary can also be scheduled for specific audiences. “Each screening will be followed by a panel discussion so that viewers can process their experience, thoughts and concerns, and devise a plan of action to end the ‘Race to Nowhere,’ ” she said.
Hart is a master’s degree candidate in the Department of Counseling, Adult and Higher Education, past-president of the NIU Counseling Association and a counseling intern at Alexian Brothers Parish Services.
For more information, or to schedule private screenings, contact Hart at email@example.com.