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Engaging Structural Racism in Trauma - Informed Ways


Date/Time: Tuesday, 10/06/2020, 12 pm EST
Duration: 1 hour - Plus 60 days of Unlimited Replays
Facilitator: Dr. Beth Berila
Price: $150.00

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Overview:

In the wake of the murders of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and so many others, and the subsequent global uprisings, campuses will be (re)engaging in discussions about structural racism this Fall. This webinar will address how campuses need to create cross-campus trauma-informed approaches to racism as ongoing trauma.

Trauma is often understood in an individualized framework to be handled primarily by counseling professionals. But racial trauma is collective and structural, ongoing and pervasive. All college faculty, staff, and administrators have a role in responding to racialized trauma, including things like recognizing when a student of color is experiencing racialized trauma, how seemingly “race-neutral” policies and practices can perpetuate that harm, and what a coordinated trauma-informed approach across campus might look like.

We will also consider what a healing centered approach could be: how to support students (all student, but particularly students of color--individually and collectively) in proactively engaging their own healing.  Supporting students of color to find their voices and working with them to transform conditions on campus and in surrounding communities to end structural racism in ways that deepen healing.

Brief Outline:

  • Societal Context for our Fall semester and what this means for what campuses need to address.
  • Racism as trauma—ongoing, pervasive, structural, systemic.
  • Impact on students (and faculty, staff, and administrators) of color. How this impacts campus community.
  • Why and how all campus professionals need to take a trauma-informed approach to racism (not just the roles we usually refer struggling students to).
  • Why/how seemingly “race-neutral” policies and practices often perpetuate race-based trauma.
  • A time for participants to reflect on 1) their own racial identity and its impact on the issue; and 2) how their particular role on campus could become trauma-informed.
  • Understand the difference between trauma-informed and healing-centered approaches. Consider how healing-centered approaches would help empower students.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Societal Context for our Fall semester and what this means for what campuses need to address.
  • Racism as trauma—ongoing, pervasive, structural, systemic.
  • Impact on students (and faculty, staff, and administrators) of color. How this impacts campus community.
  • Why and how all campus professionals need to take a trauma-informed approach to racism (not just the roles we usually refer struggling students to).
  • Why/how seemingly “race-neutral” policies and practices often perpetuate race-based trauma.
  • A time for participants to reflect on 1) their own racial identity and its impact on the issue; and 2) how their particular role on campus could become trauma-informed.
  • Understand the difference between trauma-informed and healing-centered approaches. Consider how healing-centered approaches would help empower students.

Who Should Attend:

Any student affairs professionals.

Presenter:

Dr. Beth Berila is the Director of the Gender & Women’s Studies Program and Professor in the Ethnic, Gender & Women’s Studies Department at St Cloud State University. She is also an Embodied Leadership Coach and Facilitator who is grounded in mindful, somatic, embodied, and trauma-informed approaches to anti-oppression work. Her new book, Radiating Feminism: Resilience Practices to Transform Our Inner and Outer Lives, came out from Routledge Summer 2020. Learn more at http://www.bethberila.com


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