Master Class with Joy DeGruy

Pre-registration required
Thursday, December 5, 1:45-3:45

They Didn’t Come Through Ellis Island: Exploring a Legacy of Trauma in the African American Experience and the Importance of Storytelling in Healing

While trauma played a major role in injuring black people over centuries, the remedy is not a clinical one. During and after enslavement, major institutions in America were complicit in marginalizing; subjugating; and—at times—terrorizing black individuals, families, and communities.
In this session we will explore how social justice is necessary to mitigate the harm done, eliminate such harm in the future, and ensure the future security and success of black and African people. Using evidence-based models for engagement and interventions, master class participants will learn and apply the relationship approach to work with black and African American students, parents, families, and communities. At the completion of this workshop, participants will:
a. Understand how the structural inequalities beginning with the period of enslavement continue to impact African Americans and other people of color in education, social systems, and communities today.
b. Understand how to apply strategies to enhance empowerment for African Americans and other people of color to promote economic, educational, and social justice.
c. Analyze relevant concepts of the Relationship Approach and the philosophical aspect of cultural difference as a basis for engagement with African American individuals and families within their social/cultural and educational environments.
d. Examine and investigate culturally appropriate interventions for work with African American individuals, students, families, groups, organizations, and communities.
f. Understand how to involve community residents, social service and educational professionals, and family members in change strategies aimed at long-term policy and organizational change.