Welcome home alumni & Pacifica Community

2018 has been a challenging year in the Santa Barbara area. The destructive Thomas Fire, ultimately the largest in the history of the state, followed by devastating mudslides, threatened both Pacifica Campuses in the early months of the year. Staff, faculty, and students were evacuated multiple times and for weeks on end as the community reeled under the onslaught of these natural disasters. Pacifica Alumni Association’s signature Coming Home event for 2018 was postponed—twice!—along with numerous classes and events.  We are delighted to invite you to join Pacifica Graduate Alumni Association (PGIAA) and Pacifica Graduate Institute (PGI) for our new offering, “Coming Home 2018:  Community & Connections – Inspiring Resilience and Hope.”

FEATURED PRESENTERS

  • Nely Galán Keynote Speaker

    Nely Galán is a self-made media mogul. Dubbed the Tropical Tycoon by the New York Times Magazine, she was the first Latina President of Entertainment for a U.S. television network (Telemundo). She is an Emmy Award-winning producer of over 700 episodes of television

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  • Daphne Dodson

    Daphne Dodson, PhD, is a research psychologist, writer, and an excavator and curator of the stories of our lived experiences. She lives in North Carolina with her family. She completed her Ph.D. in the Jungian and Archetypal Studies program at Pacifica.

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  • Jennifer Selig

    Jennifer Leigh Selig, PhD. is an alum and is on the teaching faculty at Pacifica Graduate Institute. She’s been an educator for 30 years, and is the author of many books, articles, screenplays, and a few bad poems from her early 20’s that are best forgotten.

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  • Kelly Carlin Presenter

    Whether she’s talking on her podcast, “Waking from the American Dream,” teaching live or online workshops about seeing/transforming the stories we unconsciously live out, or interviewing today’s top comics on her SiriusXM show, “The Kelly Carlin Show”

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AUTHOR’S SPOTLIGHT

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  • “I have been away from PGI since my husband, Melvin, graduated last May. The concerns I had after witnessing on television the natural disasters in the Santa Barbara communities made me want to connect with the Alumni and attend this year’s Coming Home! I was surprised to discover how much I missed the energy at Pacifica and it felt good to come home! The speakers were dynamic and insightful, and it was fun to connect with old and new friends!”

     Sherrie Sims Allen, PhD
    Sherrie Sims Allen, PhD Beverly Hills, CA
  • "Wow what a wonderful afternoon. Keynote Nely Galán was amazing and shared perspectives that are often overlooked in white normative culture. Kelly Carlin was an amazing and at times funny MC. Jennifer Selig broke open the potential that lives between hope and despair in an amazing manner, and Daphne Dodson took us through a journey of the healing properties of imaginal remembering."

    Karin Zirk, PhD
    Karin Zirk, PhD San Diego, CA
  • “How wonderful to be part of this remarkable community of authors at Pacifica Graduate Institute, where I am in the midst of my PhD in Depth Psychology with a Somatics Specialization. I am honored. ”

    Heather McCloskey Beck, PhD(c) Depth Psychology with a Somatics Specialization
    Heather McCloskey Beck, PhD(c) Depth Psychology with a Somatics Specialization Port Washington, NY
  • "Being board members of PGIAA along with my wife Dr. Sherrie Allen we had the honor to participated in the school’s “Coming Home” event on Saturday. This was another event included in my month long celebration of my life. Our keynote speaker was Nely Galán, she encouraged all women of color to participate in the world economy. I introduced Dr. Jennifer Selig, one of my favorite past professors, before she spoke on “Hope and Despair” and how the two are inseparable due to the tense that must exist between the two. Despair is the prerequisite to HOPE."

    Melvin Allen, PhD Depth Psychology
    Melvin Allen, PhD Depth Psychology Beverly Hills, CA

Mistress of Ceremonies: Kelly Carlin

Whether she’s talking on her podcast, “Waking from the American Dream,” teaching live or online workshops about seeing/transforming the stories we unconsciously live out, or interviewing today’s top comics on her SiriusXM show, “The Kelly Carlin Show,” Kelly Carlin, M.A. pursues the big questions, and reveals unmined perspectives that opens minds and hearts.

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