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This session is especially important as the College, engages with efforts to become an anti-racist community. In a facilitated dialogue, Dr. Thema Bryant-Davis will provide important resources on anti-racist pedagogical and support practices for Black students particularly in response to racial trauma. As the College, engages The 1619 Project as our common reading - we recognize that  faculty and staff are also delving deeper into their own understanding of the history of the enslavement of African people and its ongoing influence in contemporary societal structures. We encourage all faculty and staff to attend this important session to be sure they can feel equipped to respond to the various manifestations of racial trauma.

This event is open to all educators and especially faculty and staff of Mount Holyoke College and the Five College Consortium.

About the facilitator:  Thema Bryant-Davis is a licensed psychologist, professor of psychology at Pepperdine University, and director of the Culture and Trauma research lab.  She is a past psychology representative to the United Nations and a past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women.  Dr. Bryant-Davis has published and presented on the societal trauma of racism and anti-racism therapy.  She is author of the book Thriving in the Wake of Trauma: A multicultural guide and co-editor of the book Womanist and Mujerista Psychologies.  The California Psychological Association honored Dr. Bryant-Davis as Distinguished Scholar of the Year.

Co-sponsored with the Teaching and Learning Initiative and the Office of the Dean of Faculty.

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This was one of the best talks I've ever heard. By that, I mean, it was inspiration, powerful, eye-opening, and gave me a lot of ideas to think about and apply in the classroom and general everyday life. If only everyone could have the chance to listen to Dr. Thema... Thanks so much for bringing her to our virtual campus.

The speaker was great, very moving, knowledgeable and connected well with the attendees.