With the 2022 Symposium on Safe and Secure Schools just weeks away, CHPS is highlighting select speakers who will be sharing expertise and perspectives that advance the dialogue on ways school design impacts student safety, security, health, and wellness. First in our series, we’re introducing you to Dr. Kayce Solari Williams, Board President of the American School Health Association who will deliver a keynote address at the October 28 event in Cypress, Texas.
Dr. Kayce Solari Williams has dedicated her career to advance health and wellbeing. She is a clinical associate professor and internship coordinator in the Health program at the University of Houston in the Department of Psychological, Health, and Learning Sciences as well as the Co-founder and CEO of Be Well Health Resources, LLC, a company focused on employee wellness training and providing equitable access to wellness information and resources.
Dr. Solari Williams’ current school health work focuses on the Employee Wellness component of the Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) model, school dress code policies and disparities in violations based on race, gender, and body type, obesity prevention, and active lifestyle promotion. She has been a K-12 dance and physical education teacher in Houston, Fort Bend, and Aldine school districts in Texas, and is the current board president of the American School Health Association whose mission is to transform all schools into places where every student learns and thrives.
When she was elected to her current board position in 2019, Dr. Solari Williams shared through a University of Houston interview that her top priority is to advocate for policies that create healthier, more supportive environments in schools across the nation. From classroom teachers to counselors to cafeteria workers, the school climate can impact a student’s attendance, attitude and academic performance.
“Because we often focus on academic outcomes and attendance, so much about the school community is lost. But when we focus on making that environment holistic, a child will succeed. The students will be there because they want to be in an environment that’s fun and where they feel welcomed,” she said.
We cannot wait to showcase Dr. Solari Williams’ leading work and perspective and the complementary mission and vision of the American School Health Association to elevate the importance that school design plays in elevating the health, wellbeing, and safety of students.
Don’t miss the opportunity to hear from Dr. Kayce Solari Williams and other fantastic speakers (bios here) at the 2022 Symposium on Safe and Secure Schools.