Virtual Learning Series
Racialized Trauma

Since COVID-19 was designated as a pandemic, and with the recent murders of Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, George Floyd, and Rayshard Brooks our nation has been reminded of how systems were built to widen racial inequities. As we examine the impact policies in the health and education systems have on the black community, the need to shift focus to restorative healing is even greater.

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Resources on Racialized Trauma

Including racial injustice as part of a healing-centered trauma-informed model is essential. Racism as a public health issues impacts students, families, and staff in school buildings and at home. It's important to be aware of how the education and health systems were built on the foundation of white supremacy and to start taking action to dismantle them. Healing is also a necessary component to create restorative spaces that support black communities in New York City.

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 Web Recording: Coffee Break - Racialized Trauma

This conversation centers on racialized trauma and the compounding effect it has on students, families and school communities. We'll sit down with Wenimo Okoya, Ed.D, MPH, Associate Vice President of Healthy and Ready to Learn to highlight the need to integrate community-centered healing in schools and answer questions including: What does it mean to protect children in our schools and communities when we know the trauma they are experiencing now is compounded by similar injustices experienced by their parents, grandparents, and through generations? And, how can we create school environments that center on healing and restoration while acknowledging the very wounds we must heal from?