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Historical Trauma

"In [Over] ...

My Head"

Historical trauma is more than about what happened in the past. Learn how historical trauma affects the workplace environment and the people you serve today. Attendees will gain a deeper understanding of historical trauma from both personal stories and emerging scientific perspectives. Practical strategies will be outlined on how to translate newfound insights into fostering and developing a more trauma-informed culture, intentionally grounded in empathy.  

Culturally Responsive

"Courageous Conversations"

Have you ever kept silence because you're afraid to say the wrong thing? Talking about racial equity can feel uncomfortable. Learn how to have healthy "Courageous Conversations" about critical topics related to racism and inequality. Learn how to stop avoiding the elephant in the room, and start engaging in meaningful dialogue that goes beyond rhetoric, promoting a culture where all voices are heard. 

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Implicit Bias

"The Miseducation

of Soul Food"

Many times, if we are unaware of bias, it can contribute to perpetuating micro-aggressions, and causing unintended offenses. Learn the benefits of unlearning from my own personal story, and gain perspective on why rethinking what what we think we know about people from different  backgrounds as ourselves can be humanizing. This conversation is a perfect recipe for addressing racial stereotypes and unconscious biases.


"REsiliency: REtelling our Story"

The story of marginalized communities is often told in terms of trauma and pain. What if we were to retell the story…not in terms of what happened to a people, but about what they did to survive?  Learn how taking a strength-based approach can help change the narrative on our understanding of differences. In the process, gain a newfound appreciation for the power of resiliency, and how one can help reframe struggle as a mechanism that produces strengths.

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Culturally Responsive

Culturally Responsive Engagement

How can you foster meaningful engage across cultural differences? When we work with people that have a different lived experience than we do, many times we employ the Golden Rule - we treat them, like we want to be treated. What if, instead we treated them the way, to the best of our ability, we believe they want to be treated? Culturally-responsive engagement is all about learning to approach differences in a way that honors them and helps drive authentic connections. 

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ME + Empathy

Empathy is not about feeling [sorry] for, but it is about feeling with. Learn how to better understand the story and lived experiences of your cultural other through developing and advancing EMPATHY. 

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